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Most biographies of Bob Dylan are mired in the sixties, but Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited is the only one that gives equal weight to all the extraordinary phases of Dylan's forty-year career.

As ever, Dylan remains an endlessly fascinating, mysterious, and obsessively private man. For years he has managed to keep much of his personal life a secret, and Clinton Heylin, Dylan's most prolific chronicler, remains the first biographer to give the world a true sense of what drives, inspires, influences, and shapes the man behind the music, the man behind the shades.

  • Bob Dylan Day by Day
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0517581019 (0-517-58101-9)
    Softcover, Harmony Books

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  • Bob Dylan: Stolen Moments
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0947730060 (0-947730-06-0)
    Softcover, Omnibus Press

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    Book summary:

    Clinton Heylin is renowned throughout the world as a leading authority on the life of Bob Dylan. This book is the result of six years research and documents events from Dylan's birth until the end of 1987.

  • Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, 1960-1994
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0312150679 (0-312-15067-9)
    Softcover, St. Martin's Griffin

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    A comprehensive listing and evaluation of all of the legendary musician's recording sessions includes data on every song Dylan ever recorded, a list of accompanying musicians, and other information.

  • Heylin, Clinton: Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry
    Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0312130317 (0-312-13031-7)
    Hardcover, St Martins Pr

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    The inside story of the $250 million-dollar recording industry reveals the method and reasoning behind the creation of the most popular bootleg records, how it is done, what is on some notorious bootlegs, and why some artists are ""hot.""

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  • Can You Feel the Silence?: Van Morrison: A New Biography
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 1556525427 (1-55652-542-7)
    Softcover, Chicago Review Press

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    This groundbreaking biography of a brilliant but disturbed performer explores the paradox of the man and the artist. Based on more than 100 interviews, this intelligent profile explores Morrisons roots; the hard times he went through in London, New York, and Boston; the making of his seminal albums such as Moondance and Astral Weeks; and the disastrous business arrangements that left Morrison hungry and penniless while his songs were topping the charts. Detailed are the breakdown of Morrisons marriage, the creative drought that followed, and his triumphant reemergence. In addition, this biography attempts to explain the forbidding aspects of Morrison's persona, such as paranoia, hard drinking, misanthropy, as well as why, in the words of his onetime singing partner Linda Gail Lewis, Morrisons music brings happiness to other people, not him. Also included is a Van Morrision sessionography that spans 1964 to 2001.

  • Heylin, Clinton: The Da Capo Book of Rock & Roll
  • Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 1556526202 (1-55652-620-2)
    Softcover, Chicago Review Press

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    Revealing the facts rather than the myths behind Orson Welles' Hollywood career, this groundbreaking history analyzes the career of one of the most well-known American filmmakers. Exploring why Welles' films never matched his youthful masterpiece Citizen Kane, this investigation delves into the enemies that hounded him, his unwaning faith in his audience, and the brilliance of his filmsbefore they were butchered by the studios. Based on shooting scripts, schedules, internal memos, interviews, articles, lectures, and personal correspondence, this work creates a concrete picture of his professional and artistic struggles and successes. This heartbreaking tale brings to life the intelligent, perceptive, and passionate man who, for all his failings as a person, was utterly uncompromising in his art.

  • Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios (Cappella Books)
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 1556525478 (1-55652-547-8)
    Hardcover, Chicago Review Press

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    Revealing the facts rather than the myths behind Orson Welles's Hollywood career, this groundbreaking history fills in the gaps behind the drama of one of the most well-known American filmmakers. Exploring why Welles's films, as released, never matched his youthful masterpiece Citizen Kane, this historical investigation delves into the enemies that hounded him, his unwaning faith in his audience, and the brilliance of his filmsbefore they were butchered by the studios. Based on shooting scripts, schedules, internal memos, interviews, articles, lectures, and personal correspondence, this work creates a concrete picture of his struggles and successes. This heartbreaking tale brings to life the intelligent, perceptive, and passionate man who, for all his failings as a person, was utterly uncompromising in his art.

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  • Dylan: behind closed doors - the recording sessions, 1960-94 (0140257497) by Clinton HEYLIN
  • Heylin, Clinton: E Street Shuffle
    E Street Shuffle
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 1467653276 (1-4676-5327-6)
    Tantor Audio

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  • Heylin, Clinton: E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 1452611084 (1-4526-1108-4)
    Tantor Media

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    Before he was the swaggering, stadium-packing megastar, Bruce Springsteen was a brooding introvert, desperate to strike a balance between his nuanced songwriting and the heft of his backing band. Clinton Heylin's revelatory biography, E Street Shuffle, chronicles the evolution and influence of Springsteen's E Street Band as they rose from blue-collar New Jersey to the heights of rock stardom. The band's playersmost notably saxophonist Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, guitarist "Little" Stevie Van Zandt, and drummer Max Weinbergbecame Springsteen's comrades in concert, helping him find the elusive sound and sonic punch that highlighted The Boss's most creative period, including Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born to Run, and Born in the USA. Fans will also learn another side of Springsteen, one punctuated with his clashes with studio executives seeking a commercially viable, radio-friendly album, and  his  temporary disbanding of the E Street Band to pursue projects like the eerie acoustic of Nebraska. Coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of Springsteen's debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, drawing on interviews and access to new recordings and shows, Heylin paints a bold picture of The Boss.

  • From the Velvets to the Voidoids: Pre-punk History for the Post-punk World
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0140173056 (0-14-017305-6)
    Softcover, Penguin Books Ltd

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    This book chronicles the American punk music scene, from its roots in the 1960s, including The Velvet Underground and Heylin Asserts - still the most influential American band, through two "waves" of bands in the mid 1970s. Among the first wave, Patti Smith and the Ramones were prominent and among the second, Suicide, the Voidoids, and Pere Ubu, and subsequently bands like Talking Heads.

  • From the Velvets to the Voidoids: The Birth of American Punk Rock
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 1556525753 (1-55652-575-3)
    Softcover, Chicago Review Press

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    Exhaustively researched and packed with unique insights, this history journeys from the punk scene's roots in the mid-1960s to the arrival of "new wave" in the early 1980s. With a cast that includes Patti Smith, Pere Ubu, Television, Blondie, the Ramones, the MC5, the Stooges, Talking Heads, and the Dead Boys, this account is the definitive story of early American punk rock. Extraordinarily balanced, it tells the story of the music's development largely through the artists' own words, while thoroughly analyzing and evaluating the music in a lucid and cogent manner. First published in 1993, this was the first book to tell the stories of these then-little-known bands; now, this edition has been updated with a new discography, including imports and bootlegs, and an afterword detailing the post-1970s history of these bands. Filled with insights from interviews with artists such as Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, David Byrne, Patti Smith, and Richard Hell, this book has long been considered one of the essential reads on rock rebellion.

  • The Great White Wonders: The Story of Rock Bootlegs
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0670857777 (0-670-85777-7)
    Hardcover, Viking Pr

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    In the summer of 1969, in a small cluster of Los Angeles record stores, there appeared a white-labelled two-disc set housed in a black cardboard sleeve. This was "Great White Wonder", a motley collection of unreleased Bob Dylan recordings. It was the first rock bootleg, and spawned an entire industry dedicated to making available to the fans unofficial recordings, usually live performances or unreleased out-takes from recording sessions. In this book, Clinton Heylin tells the whole story, from what defines a bootleg and its complex legal status, to a full history of their production and distribution. With virtually no crossover into soul, punk or rap, or indeed into the more lightweight forms of pop-rock, it is the great figures of rock music who dominate the market: the five most bootlegged artists remain the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and Dylan himself. Though the record industry claims that it has lost millions of pounds to the bootlegger, Heylin seeks to debunk this notion. This book tells a story of individual enthusiasm and creativity as much as big business. Clinton Heylin has tracked down and interviewed most of the important individuals involved since 1969 and the result is this account of the bootleg business.

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  • Life in Stolen Moments
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0711956693 (0-7119-5669-3)
    Hardcover, Schirmer Books

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    Book summary:

    This chronological account of Bob Dylan's life, from his birth in Hibbing, Minnesota in 1941, includes a discography and rare and previously unseen photographs.

  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (Classic Rock Albums)
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0825672015 (0-8256-7201-5)
    Softcover, Schirmer Trade Books

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    Heylin looks behind the scenes at the making of the seminal album that heralded the birth of punk.

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  • The Penguin Book of Rock & Roll Writing
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0670845590 (0-670-84559-0)
    Hardcover, Viking Press

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    Book summary:

    Hardcover with Dustjacket. 682 pages. Anthology of Stories covering the entire pre-history and history of Rock and Roll. Illustrated by Ray Lowry.

  • Heylin, Clinton: Public Image Limited
    Public Image Limited
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0711916845 (0-7119-1684-5)
    Softcover, Omnibus Press

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    Good read about the bands early days.

  • The R.E.M. Companion: Two Decades of Commentary
    by John Platt D., Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 0028649354 (0-02-864935-4)
    Softcover, Schirmer Trade Books

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    Book by Platt D., John, Heylin, Clinton

  • Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973 (Cappella Books)
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 1556528434 (1-55652-843-4)
    Hardcover, Chicago Review Press

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    The first of two volumes, this companion to every song that Bob Dylan ever wrote is by far the most comprehensive book on the words of Americas greatest songwriter. Here youll find not just opinionated commentary or literary interpretation, but facts, first and foremost. Clinton Heylin is the worlds leading Dylan biographer and expert, and he has arranged the songs--including a number that have never been performed--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, he has uncovered a wealth of information about the songs, leaving no stone unturned in his research.

                Here we learn that the middle verse of “Blowin in the Wind was written much later than the first and third verses; that “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll was based on a complete distortion of the facts of the case; that “Mixed Up Confusion, despite being Dylans first single, was composed later than many of his early masterpieces; that “Fourth Time Around was a direct response to John Lennons “Norwegian Wood; and much more.

                Reading this volume will fundamentally change how you hear Dylans songs and will make you want to revisit the mans lesser-known masterpieces. This is an essential purchase for every true Bob Dylan fan--and perhaps your most essential purchase, for, as a guide to the mans work, it will never be surpassed.

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  • So Long As Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeares Sonnets
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 1458777847 (1-4587-7784-7)
    Softcover, ReadHowYouWant

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    In this lively, fascinating account of the publication of Shakespeare's Sonnets, noted biographer Clinton Heylin brings their convoluted history to light, beginning with the first complete appearance of the Sonnets in print in May, 1609. He introduces us to the ''unholy alliance'' involved in this precarious enterprise: Thomas Thorpe, the publisher, a self-described ''well wishing adventurer;'' George Eld, the printer, heavily embroiled in large-scale pirating; William Aspley, the prestigious bookseller, who mysteriously ended his association with Thorpe soon after. Leaving the calamitous world of Elizabethan publishing, Heylin goes on to chart the many editions of the Sonnets through the years and the editorial decisions that led to their present configuration. Passionate, astute, and brilliantly entertaining, the result is a concise and vivid history of perhaps the greatest poetry ever written.

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  • Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1974-2006
    by Clinton Heylin
    ISBN 1556528442 (1-55652-844-2)
    Hardcover, Chicago Review Press

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    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. Together these two volumes form the most comprehensive books available on Dylans words.

                Clinton Heylin is the worlds 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.

                Here we learn about Dylans contributions to the Traveling Wilburys, the women who inspired Blood on the Tracks and Desire, the sources Dylan “plagiarized for Love and Theft and Modern Times, why he left “Blind Willie McTell off of Infidels and “Series of Dreams off of Oh Mercy, what broke the long dry spell he had in the 1990s, and much more.

                This is an essential purchase for every true Bob Dylan fan.

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