No Direction Home
took 20 years to complete and when it was finally published the book recieved widespread critical acclaim. Two decades on, Dylan's standing is higher than at any time since the 1960s and Shelton's book is now seen as a classic of the genre. Written in collaboration with and approved by Dylan himself, this is the definitive biography of the greatest songwriter ever.
Robert Shelton met Bob Dylan when the young singer arrived in New York. He became Dylan's friend, champion, critic, and has come to be known as the man who 'discovered' Bob Dylan. His book, first published in 1986, was hailed as the definitive unauthorised biography of this moody, passionate genius and his world. Of more than a thousand books published about Bob Dylan it is the only one that has been written with Dylan's active cooperation.
Dylan gave Shelton access to his parents Abe and Beatty Zimmerman - whom no other journalist has ever interviewed in depth; to his brother, David; to childhood friends from Hibbing; to fellow students and friends from Minneapolis; and to Suze Rotolo, the muse immortalised on the cover of Freewheelin' among many others. This gives Shelton's account of Dylan's life a uniquely personal aspect, allowing you to get to know Dylan as his friends, family and lovers knew him.
Featuring an unprecedented amount of information, both biographical and musical, this Bob Dylan biography is written by a fan for fans. With analyses of the songs on Dylan's albums that open up their oft-occluded meaning alongside a fascinating historical study of Dylan's rambling and roaming, No Direction Home is a fitting tribute to probably the greatest poet-songwriters ever.
This new edition of No Direction Home, published to coincide with Dylan's 70th birthday on 24th May 2011, includes key images of Dylan throughout his incredible, enduring career, updated footnotes and bibliography, and a new, selective, discography.
For casual fans of Bob Dylan, folk music and serious Dylan-scholars alike, No Direction Home is the perfect introduction to the life and music of this living legend: the man and the myth who gave us some of the finest love songs, protest songs, happy songs and sad songs ever written.