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Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Bob Dylan books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Chronicles: Volume One (2005)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & RankedThe celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the country, Bob Dylan.“I’d come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else.” So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through Dylan’s eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan’s New York is a magical city of possibilities—smoky, nightlong…
Author(s): Bob Dylan

2. Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited (2003)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & RankedIn 1991 Clinton Heylin published what was considered the most definitive biography of Bob Dylan available. In 2001 he completely revised and reworked this hugely acclaimed book, adding new sections, substantially reworking text, and bringing the story up-to-date with Dylan’s explosive career in 2000. Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited follows the story of Dylan from his humble beginnings in Minnesota to his arrival in New York in 1961, his subsequent rise in the folk pantheon of Greenwich Village in the early ’60s, and his cataclysmic folk-rock…
Author(s): Clinton Heylin

3. 100 Songs (2017)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & RankedBob Dylan is one of the most important cultural figures of our time, and the first American musician in history to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. 100 Songs is an intimate and carefully curated collection of his most important lyrics that spans from the beginning of his career through the present day. Perfect for students who may be new to Dylan’s work as well as longtime fans, this portable, abridged volume of these singular lyrics explores the depth, breadth, and magnitude of one of the world’s most enduring bodies of work. #379,766 in Books (See Top 100 in…
Author(s): Bob Dylan

4. Why Bob Dylan Matters (2018)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked“The coolest class on campus” – The New York TimesWhen the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, a debate raged. Some celebrated, while many others questioned the choice.  How could the world’s most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter who wouldn’t even deign to attend the medal ceremony?In Why Bob Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers this question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was…
Author(s): Richard F. Thomas

5. Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan (2011)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & RankedThe acclaimed biography substantially updated and revised, Howard Sounes’s Down the Highway broke news about Dylan’s fiercely guarded personal life and set the standard as the most comprehensive and riveting biography on Bob Dylan. Now, on the occasion of Dylan’s seventieth birthday, this edition continues to document the iconic songwriter’s life through new interviews and reporting, covering the release of Dylan’s first #1 album since the seventies, recognition from the Pulitzer Prize jury for his influence on popular culture, and the publication of his best-selling memoir, giving full…
Author(s): Howard Sounes

6. Dylan: The Biography (2014)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & RankedA groundbreaking and vibrant look at the music hero to generations, DYLAN: The Biography digs deep into Bob Dylan lore―including subjects Dylan himself left out of Chronicles: Volume One.DYLAN: The Biography focuses on why this beloved artist has touched so many souls―and on how both Dylan and his audience have changed along the way. Bob Dylan is an international bestselling artist, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, and an Oscar winner for “Things Have Changed.” His career is stronger and more influential than ever. How did this happen, given the road to oblivion he seemed to choose more than two decades…
Author(s): Dennis McDougal

7. The Best of Bob Dylan Chord Songbook (2010)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked(Guitar Chord Songbook). From the folk troubadour to electric iconoclast, born-again preacher to elder statesman, Bob Dylan has sound-tracked the last 50 years in an unparalleled catalog of song. This collection contains 70 Dylan classics from every part of his career. Arrangements are in the same keys as the original recordings and include chord symbols, guitar chord frames, and complete lyrics. Songs include: All Along the Watchtower * Blowin’ in the Wind * Forever Young * Hurricane * It Ain’t Me Babe * Just like a Woman * Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door * Lay Lady…
Author(s): Bob Dylan

8. Bob Dylan Complete (Guitar Chords, Lyrics) (2019)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked(Guitar Chord Songbook). Singer, songwriter, performer, author, poet, visual artist, and now the first American songwriter to win a Nobel Prize in literature, Bob Dylan is one of the most influential figures in popular culture. In this folio, enjoy every song written and recorded by Bob Dylan to date in chord songbook format. Includes chord symbols, guitar chord shapes and full lyrics. It also features a specially-written foreword by Jimmy Webb and an extensive introduction about Dylan’s guitar playing and songwriting. 588 pages! #96,391 in Books…
Author(s): David Harrison, Bob Dylan

9. Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader (2005)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked“The most absorbing, wide-ranging and stimulating body of writing about the mighty Bob that’s ever been assembled.”–Salman Rushdie Hailed by Publishers Weekly as “not only the best writing on the ever-changing folk singer, but also some of the best writing about any musician around,” Studio A presents Bob Dylan’s unique literary legacy in a collection that is quintessentially Dylan: mosaic, offbeat, poetic. This “astutely chosen and intelligently annotated” collection (Time Out London) gathers over fifty articles, poems, essays, speeches, literary criticisms, and interviews; many previously unpublished. Individually, these…
Author(s): Benjamin Hedin

10. Bob Dylan – Easy Guitar: Easy Guitar with Notes & Tab (2014)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked(Easy Guitar). A dozen of Dylan’s most popular songs are featured in this collection of easy guitar arrangements in standard notation and tablature. Includes: Blowin’ in the Wind * Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right * Hurricane * It Ain’t Me Babe * Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door * Lay Lady Lay * Like a Rolling Stone * Mr. Tambourine Man * Positively 4th Street * Shelter from the Storm * Tangled up in Blue * The Times They Are A-Changin’. #529,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #8014 in Sheet Music & Scores #1134 in Guitar Songbooks Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product,…
Author(s): Bob Dylan

11. Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969 (2019)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked2019 marks the golden anniversary of the mass musical gatherings that saw the hippie generation at their 1969 zenith. Two events stand out, staged within days of each other that magical August: in the United States, there was Woodstock, and in the UK the Isle of Wight Festival of Music. Woodstock drew 400,000 fans and a quality bill that was a Who’s Who of contemporary talent – all bar the main man the organizers hoped to lure on the doorstep of his home, Bob Dylan. Instead, Dylan opted to headline at the Isle of Wight, in front of close to 200,000 adoring fans. Here Bill Bradshaw celebrates the events of that summer 50…
Author(s): Bill Bradshaw

12. The Songs of Bob Dylan: From 1966 Through 1975 (1986)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked(Personality). Focusing on the key decade of Dylan’s prodigious output, this sensational volume includes the classics: Just Like a Woman * I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight * Lay, Lady, Lay * I Shall Be Released * and more. 121 songs in all! #364,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #479 in Popular #116 in Folk & Traditional Songbooks #307 in Vocal Songbooks Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Bob Dylan

13. Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits – Complete: P/V/G Folio (1996)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked(Music Sales America). Matching folio to Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits albums volumes 1, 2 and 3, in one complete edition. 45 songs including the classic hits: Blowin’ in the Wind * Mr. Tambourine Man * The Mighty Quinn * and more. #1,435,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #872 in Folk & Traditional Music (Books) #442 in Folk & Traditional Songbooks #1140 in Jazz Songbooks Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Bob Dylan

14. The Definitive Bob Dylan Songbook (Small Format) (2003)

 Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked(Music Sales America). For the first time in one volume, over 325 songs drawn from every period in the unique career of the master songwriter. Each song includes melody, guitar chords, and complete lyrics all in a small format edition (7 x 10 ). #836,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #12013 in Songbooks #12497 in Sheet Music & Scores #642 in Country Music (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Bob Dylan, Ed Lozano, et al.

Best Bob Dylan Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen: Deaths and Entrances

Author(s): David Boucher and Lucy Boucher
ID: 2971379, Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling (1941-1966)

Author(s): Clinton Heylin
ID: 2984013, Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Year: 2021, Size: 20 Mb, Format: epub

You Lose Yourself You Reappear: Bob Dylan and the Voices of a Lifetime

Author(s): Paul Morley
ID: 2987059, Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK, Year: 2021, Size: 26 Mb, Format: epub

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