Bob Dylan: The Biography

Bob Dylan: The Biography

by Dennis McDougal

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ISBN-13: 9781630260682
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 540
Sales rank: 1,306,731
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Dennis McDougal, writer for theLos Angeles Timesand the New York Times, has won more than fifty awards for his hard-nosed coverage of the entertainment industry. He is the bestselling author of eleven books, including The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood and Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times. His book Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the LA Times Dynasty was produced as a two-hour PBS documentary.

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When the van rolled up to the Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Strip to fetch Bob Dylan for his sold out concert at the nearby Pantages Theater on the evening of May 14, 1992, the legendary singer/songwriter was already spaced out on tequila, and more.

“He was on smack,” declared one of his handlers that night. “He was nodding off time and again.” 

By the time the driver had coaxed him into the van and ferried him to the Pantages, Dylan was slurring his words and had to be helped to an easy chair behind a curtained-off section at the loading dock out back of the theater, where he fell into a trance watching black-and-white TV reruns of Gilligan’s Island until his stage call.

He made it by rote through his 90-minute set that night, leaning on his keyboard for support, seemingly oblivious to the chorus of boos as the audience reacted to the fact that his vocals were indecipherable and the arrangements loud but unrecognizable. When he’d finished, Dylan left the stage without having said a single word to the audience.  He walked directly out of the rear of the theater where, rather than wait for his driver to take him back to the Chateau Marmont, he climbed into the van, threw it into reverse, and nearly backed over one of his roadies.

It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the Pantages audience left that night satisfied with what had occurred. The fact that any fan showed up in the first place was a testament to Dylan’s distant past, not his recent achievements. It had been 30 years since Blowin’ in the Wind first thrust him into the public consciousness, 17 years since his album masterpiece Blood on the Tracks.  Since then a string of 18 mostly forgettable albums had produced few hit singles.

Dylan had continued to tour, playing smaller venues and sometimes selling them out.  But the faithful who paid to see him frequently came away disappointed, saddened, and even unnerved to watch the great musical hero of their youth so reduced. What was the deal, they wondered. Was it age? Boredom?  Did he just not care anymore?

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I -- Rebel Without Applause 1941-1966

Chapter 1: Hibbing 

Chapter 2: Minneapolis

Chapter 3: Greenwich

Chapter 4: Fourth Street

Chapter 5: On the Road
Chapter 6: Chelsea Hotel
 

Part II -- Goin' Up the Country 1966-1978

Chapter 7: Woodstock

Chapter 8: Return to Greenwich 

Chapter 9: California 

Chapter 10: On the Road Again

Chapter 11: Renaldo and Sara

 

Part III -- Get on Board, Lil’ Children 1978-1989
 

Chapter 12. Slow Train

Chapter 13. Soul Train

Chapter 14. Love Train

Chapter 15. Mystery Train

Chapter 16. Money Train

Part IV -- Sometimes a Man Must Be Alone 1989-Present
 

17. Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind

18. Unplugging

19. Not Dark Yet

20. Millennium 

21.N.E.T. Gains & Losses

 

 

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Index


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