- Paperback: 928 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571272401
- ISBN-13: 978-0571272402
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.4 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Behind the Shades: The 20th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Special Edition, 1 Apr 2011
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Behind the Shades by Clinton Heylin: May 24th 2011 was Bob Dylan's seventieth Birthday. To celebrate, Faber are thrilled to be publishing this classic Dylan biography, Behind the Shades.
About the Author
Clinton Heylin is recognised all over the world as a leading authority on Bob Dylan. His other books include The Great White Wonders (an in-depth history of bootlegging) and No More Sad Refrains (a biography of Sandy Denny). Brought up in Manchester, he now lives in Somerset.
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One of the strongest aspects of 'Behind the Shades' (and where it differs hugely from Sounes and Shelton, for example) it that it treats Dylan's artistic career as an unfolding fifty-year process of development and discovery, rather than a mid-sixties blaze of glory with a 45-year postscript tacked onto the end. Fully 600 pages of text follow the 1966 motorbike crash. This long and measured pespective - the accumulative sense of a life lived - gives us a more rounded and truthful view of Dylan than any previous biography. There's also a liberal and extensive use of quotation, with direct and sometimes lengthy quotes from some 250 individuals who've known or worked with Dylan, plus liberal extracts from Dylan's own words. These are all expertly orchestrated into Heylin's narrative.
Heylin is neither hagiographer nor hatchet-man. He doesn't shy away from Dylan's many personal and artistic failings, but he never chronicles these in a prurient way. He knows too much to argue or to judge. Likewise, he never lapses into breathless fanboy prose when reviewing the peaks of Dylan's creativity and achievement.Read more ›
Heylin of course has history with Bob Dylan, apart from the two previous versions of "Behind the Shades" he has written the somewhat obsessive "Bob Dylan - A Life in Stolen Moments", the fascinating "Dylan - Behind Closed Doors" and two volumes of work examining in detail every song that Dylan has ever written up to 2006. So he is eminently qualified to bring his considerable knowledge of his subject to the market place, and bring it he does, with a staggering amount of information on every facet of Dylan's life and career.
What I like about "Behind the Shades" is Heylin's ability to treat his subject with objectivity and judge each of Dylan's projects on their own merit. He is fair in his appraisals, and his criticisms are well judged. He draws on a wealth of published material to back up his opinions (and does Mr. Heylin have opinions!), and uses personal quotes from the vast array of characters that have worked with Dylan over his extensive career.Read more ›
It's very well structured and, considering the oft times complexity of the subject matter, well written. Each stage of Dylan's career is portrayed with clarity. So whether, like me, you're a life time fan, or only just getting into the subject, this is the one to buy. Hopefully one day we'll see Chronicles 2 and 3 from Dylan himself, but great though they may be, they're less likely to be as informative and detailed as this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is just what I wanted and arrived in very good time. Thank you. JamesPublished 17 months ago by James
Well it seems mr.heylin is yet someone else who thinks dylan played newcastle city hall in 1966...the no direction home dvd does exactly the same thing... Read morePublished 20 months ago by PA BROON
You either love or hate Heylin. I love him.
Dont expect a white wash but dont expect a hatchet job either. He tells it like it is (according to him)
a nice book for a person brithday who liies them good to read to a good book aboiut him well liked againPublished on 31 Dec. 2012 by paul
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of spending hard-earned money on the "20th Anniversary Edition" of Clinton Heylin's Behind the Shades, only to be sorely disappointed (once again)... Read morePublished on 19 May 2011 by Manfred Helfert