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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; New Ed edition (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007215045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007215041
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Praise for Chronicles Volume 1:

‘Takes its place next to “On The Road “…as an essential record of an American artist’s manifest destiny.’ Observer

'Like discovering the lost diaries of Shakespeare… Maybe the most extraordinarily intimate autobiography by a 20th-century legend.' Daily Telegraph

'There are enough bizarre and entertaining snippets of information sprinkled throughout to fascinate the most jaded Dylan obsessive.' Independent

'Entertaining and surprisingly deprecating…“Chronicles Volume ” is tautly written, vividly cinematic, and funny'. Financial Times

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Born in 1941, Bob Dylan is widely revered as America’s greatest living popular songwriter. Throughout of a career that has spanned over 40 years, he has acted as voice-piece and chronicler to several generations, and was one of the first to channel public feeling about racial discrimination and the Vietnam war into popular protest songs. Combining an acute awareness of the zeitgeist with absurdist humour, Dylan struck a chord with millions. In 2004, Bob Dylan published the first volume of his autobiography, Chronicles Volume 1.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jonny on 6 Sept. 2009
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its probably safe to say that only a dylan fan would enjoy this experimental work. very interesting. A glimpse into the unconcious mind of a genius. filled with seemingly random metaphors in the stream of conciousness writing style typical of dylan, showing similarities to songs such as, Bob Dylans 115th Dream and Tombstone Blues. Certain sentences that i really liked, often humorous or insightful. dylan fans must get this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sam0986 on 13 Mar. 2012
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I am pretty obsessed with Bob Dylan and his work. He is one of my favourite writers and i cannot get enough of him, which is why i felt compelled, after re-reading his first volume of memoirs for the second time, to pick up his only other non-lyric publication. Some of the word play is quite funny but this is not a novel, nor is it really poetry. It seems, as i have heard rumoured, that Dylan found himself contracted to write a book and knocked off Tarantula without much thought to get out of the contract. I doubt Dylan himself considers this a serious work of literature and i doesn't seem like one to me. Its cut-up and stream of consciousness style doesn't work in the way that the work of William Burroughs (this book is perhaps comparable to something like The Soft Machine) often does. Unless you're a Dylan completist i would give this a miss, there isn't much in the text that anything but an obsessive would find satisfying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MayoroftheDunghill on 24 Mar. 2015
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Ever since its publication, Tarantula has always divided opinion, with most readers coming down in the 'anti' camp. I belong to the recalcitrant minority. Yes, it's dense, and in places it collapses into pure gibberish (and it doesn't help that the first page is probably the most impenetrable in the entire book. Stick with it, it does get better). But there are also some wonderful things in here, that could have been written by no-one else. If you find the prose sections heavy going, try starting with the letters, which are never less than entertaining and often downright hilarious. One of Dylan's lesser-known gifts is that he can be a very fine comedian when he wants to be, and the letters (eg those of Toby Celery, Zeke the Cork and the butter sculptor) are full evidence of that. All in all, Tarantula should be compulsory reading for any Dylan fan, whichever side of the debate over its merits they end up coming down on.
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Either this book has improved with age, or I have matured enough to appreciate it. Probably the latter. I've been a Dylan freak since my grammar school days. I've known every Dylan album since 1964 as a "new release". Nevertheless, as a 70s art student, I just couldn't get into my paperback version of Tarantula even though I was avidly listening to his albums at the time.

I come to this now with a long since developed wider appreciation of the "beat" poets which preceded Dylan. So I perceive the intentions herein to be more akin to, say, Ginsberg, than what was happening in the music scene of 1966. Viewed from that perspective I "get it".

I recommend reading out loud, repeatedly.
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Bob Dylan, a poet – who knew? The people’s folk singer has been described as a poet by literally thousands of different people across the years, but this exciting piece of work is much more experimental than the simple rhythm of his lyrics. You can sense the influence of Allen Ginsberg and his fellow beat authors, as well as what I can only assume was a sizable handful of hallucinogenics.

In all honesty, if I’d read this without knowing it was Dylan, I would’ve enjoyed it. It might not be for everyone, but if you’re already in to poetry and you’re a fan of Dylan’s music then you’d be mad to pass on this. Enjoy the insight in to his mind.
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O.k., I know this is a plug for myself but I would recommend my Crash Course on Reading Tarantula (Revised Edition); the final fruit of years of toil, labour and passion! A difficult, difficult, book but it has its rewards. There has been so much rubbish written about it; hyper intellectual gunk, vilification etc. Note: What Tarantula is it NOT stream-of-course as many insist; the writing is too precise and missile guided for that. There are consistent themes, patterns and motifs stitching the apparent chaos together.

Thank you.
R.W.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 1999
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I'm 17 and I've listened to Dylan for about 5 years. Over this period of time I've grown more and more impressed with Dylan's poetic genius. His songs are undoubtedely his claim to fame but I feel that "Tarantula" is the key to understanding his writing. "Tarantula" proves that Dylan was and still is a modern blend of Whitman, Rimbaud, Genet, Ginsberg, Guthrie, and Picasso. "Tarantula's" cut up style has been called "a muddled stream of self conciousness" but I beg to differ. If there has been any writer in our time that has captured the language of our times and helped us examine the world we live in I think it is Dylan. I hope he eventually receives the Nobel Prize for literature that he truly deserves. He is living proof that poetry can touch "the masses", he defies the narrow definition of a poet that ivory tower intellectuals have forced on people for years. The language of Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, albums that changed the way people perceived songs, reaches new heights in "Tarantula".
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