Hailed as "Music Book of the Year" by Uncut magazine on publication, and a finalist for theRalph J. Gleason Music Book Award, Down the Highway is an essential biography for Bob Dylan fans and all music enthusiasts, delivering the full, fascinating story of the life and work of this great artist.
Author Howard Sounes interviewed more than 250 key people in Dylan's circle, and gained access to previously unseen documents, to create a fresh and compelling book that takes the reader on a journey from Dylan's childhood in a Minnesota mining town, through his rise to fame in the 1960s, to his current status as the senior figure in popular music.
Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of extraordinary personalities, including the American poet Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life) and the singer-songwriters Paul McCartney (Fab) and Lou Reed (Notes from the Velvet Underground).
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"Dylan comes alive, strumming his guitar in a studio in Nashville or hurrying down MacDougal Street with the collar of his leather jacket turned up against the wind...[Sounes] offers information that, in sheer quantity, supersedes prior accounts." (The New York Times Book Review)
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"Fact Filled Dylan Bio"
This was a fairly good Dylan bio. It was interesting hearing it read with a British accent and hearing the narrator try and imitate a variety of different American voices such as Dylan, and Johnny Cash.
Very fact Filled and to the point. Would have liked to have had more details about the later years of the artist's career as the author seemed like he wanted to simply wrap up the book by the end.
"The fascinating story of a real life troubadour"
A fascinating tale of one of America's great musicians. This in-depth study of a rare breed, a real troubadour who has traversed the country and the world time and time again and will do so until he dies with a guitar in his hands enthralled me from beginning to end. Not only was Dylan the musician singer and songwriter given a detailed study, but also light was cast into the dark recesses of the very private life of a very public figure. Bob Dylan the musician we have known through his music. Bob Zimmerman the man is also revealed here. Wonderfully written in concise detail and beautifully read.
"Terrific thorough biography"
Had read it years ago and has been updated through 2012 or so. Thorough, well-researched and even-handed, it does a good job telling the remarkable story of Dylan's life. The reader is very good as well. Excellent book well told.
"An inspiring insight"
Everything you want to know about how he created his music and who he is and what the songs are about is in here.
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