Heylin on Dylan at Spoonbill


Author Clinton Heylin reads from Still On The Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan 1974-2006. Tuesday June 8, 2010, 8PM, with a reception PRECEDING THE EVENT BEGINNING AT 6PM. Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers, 218 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 718-387-7322.

Spoonbill welcomes back the inimitable Clinton Heylin upon the publication of Still On The Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan 1974-2006 (Chicago Review Press) following on the heels of Revolution in The Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan 1957-1973. Heylin’s combination of erudition, thoroughness, cross-referentiality and humor — especially in his studies of Dylan — make his occasional New York appearances not-to-be-missed events.

Jonathan Lethem — no slouch himself when it comes to serious and perceptive writing on Dylan, says of the present volume: “Clinton Heylin, master explicator of the Dylan canon, has however improbably, sorted it all out for us through the tangled ’80’s and beyond, completing what he started in Revolution In The Air. The book is essential.”

The second of two volumes, this companion to every song that Bob Dylan ever wrote is not just opinionated commentary or literary interpretation: it consists of facts first and foremost.

Clinton Heylin is the world’s leading Dylan biographer and expert, and he has arranged the songs in a continually surprising chronology of when they were actually written rather than when they appeared on albums. Using newly discovered manuscripts, anecdotal evidence, and a seemingly limitless knowledge of every Bob Dylan live performance, Heylin reveals hundreds of facts about the songs.

Heylin has written, among many other books, So Long As Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeare’s Sonnets; The Act You’ve Known For All These Years: A Year In The Life of Sgt Pepper & Friends; Babylon’s Burning: From Punk to Grunge; From The Velvets To The Voidoids: The Birth of American Punk and Despite The System: Orson Welles versus The Hollywood Studios.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s