Robert Shelton met Bob Dylan when the young singer arrived in New York in 1961. He became Dylan,squo;s friend, champion, and critic. His book, first published in 1986, was hailed as the definitive unauthorized biography of this moody, passionate genius. Shelton tells the intimate and first-hand story of Bob Dylanfsquo;s formative years in Greenwich Village NYC, and it is the only biography that has been written with his active cooperation. ?
Dylan gave Shelton access to his parents, Abe and Beatty Zimmerman udash; whom no other journalist has ever interviewed; to his brother, David; to childhood friends from Hibbing; to fellow students and friends from Minneapolis; and to Suze Rotolo, the muse immortalized on the cover of Freewheelinbsquo; , among others. Concluding Dylan squo;s story during his triumphant 1978 world tour, No Direction Home took 20 years to complete and when it was finally published the book received widespread critical acclaim. ?
Following his Nobel Prize for Literature Award in 2016, Dylanesquo;s standing is higher than at any time since the 1960s and Sheltonksquo;s book is now seen as a classic. This new illustrated edition, published in the year of Dylan squo;s 80th birthday, includes key images of Dylan throughout his incredible, enduring career, making it a must for all Dylan fans. ?