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Bob Dylan — from respected young songwriter to Voice of a Generation

Bob Dylan didn’t just assimilate the Great American Songbook – he vastly increased its size and variety, says Andrew Motion

10 April 2021

9:00 AM

10 April 2021

9:00 AM

The Double Life of Bob Dylan: Volume I: 1941–1966 A Restless, Hungry Feeling Clinton Heylin

Bodley Head, pp.720, 30

Clinton Heylin is the eminence grise of Bob Dylan scholars: co-founder of Wanted Man (the magazine dedicated to studying Dylan’s life and work), long-time editor of its quarterly magazine the Telegraph, compiler of Stolen Moments: The Ultimate Dylan Reference Book and also the author of Behind the Shades, which, when first published in 1991, was rightly praised as the most reliable account of Dylan’s life and career up to that point.

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