Robert Shelton met Bob Dylan when the young singer first arrived in New York. He became Dylan's friend, champion, and critic. This book, first published in 1986, was hailed as the definitive unauthorized biography of this moody, passionate genius and his world. 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 immortalized on the cover of Freewheelin', among others. No Direction Home took 20 years to complete and received 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. Today, everything Bob Dylan does guarantees saturation media coverage, and a new edition of No Direction Home is long overdue. This new edition, published to coincide with Dylan's 70th birthday on May 24, 2011, restores significant parts of Shelton's original manuscript and also includes key images of Dylan throughout his incredible, enduring career, alongside updated footnotes and bibliography, and a new selective discography, making it a must for all Dylan aficionados.
The late Robert Shelton was a music critic for the New York Times for 10 years, during which, among many other timely discoveries of major talents, he reported on the rise to prominence of a young Midwestern singer named Bob Dylan. His early championing of the singer led to something of a friendship between the two men, at least in the early years of Dylan's career, and Shelton uses this access to construct a detailed and instructive portrait of Dylan's early life. With extensive interviews with Dylan's parents and many of his childhood friends, NO DIRECTION HOME is perhaps one of the most authoritative sources of information about the performer's early years available. Dylan's Greenwich Village years are evocatively portrayed--Shelton was, after all, a first-hand witness--while the artist's growing fame is mirrored by his increasing unavailability to the author and his mounting obscure pronouncements. However, Shelton's sharp critical analysis overcomes these hurdles, producing a well-rounded critique of Dylan's lyrics, his imagery, and his motivations in making his controversial switch to rock music. Many years in the writing, Shelton's perceptive examination of the enigmatic singer's career still stands as a major work of Dylanology.
- Biography + Autobiography, Music
- Genres + Styles / Folk + Traditional, Composers + Musicians, Genres + Styles / Rock
- Revised / Updated
- April 1, 2011
- April 1, 2011
- Robert Shelton