Seeing the Real You at Last: Life and Love on the Road with Bob Dylan

Seeing the Real You at Last: Life and Love on the Road with Bob Dylan

by Britta Lee Shain


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"I've never seen a Bob Dylan smile, except in photos or on the stage. Not the real thing."

Britta Lee Shain was a friend of Bob Dylan's until he asked her to join him on the road in the mid 1980s, at which point she became more than a friend. In this intimate and elliptical memoir of their time together, at home in Los Angeles and on tour with Tom Petty and the Grateful Dead, she offers a unique portrait of the romantic, earthbound, and poetic soul trapped in the role of Being Bob Dylan.

"If you were my woman, I'd be worth four times as much."

Entire libraries of books have been written about Dylan, but few—if any—offer any lasting insight into the man behind the shades. Until now. Written with the elegance of a poet and storytelling snap of a novelist, Seeing The Real You At Last is a poignant and tender romance that reveals Dylan's playfulness, his dark wit, his fears and struggles, his complex relationships with the men and women in his life, and, ultimately, his genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908279941
Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Britta Lee Shain is a songwriter and novelist. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she has a master's degree from UCLA. She studied creative writing for seven years with Pen Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient John Rechy, while her original songs have been played on the radio across the United States and around the world. She currently resides in the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Sequoia National Park.

Table of Contents

Prologue: If not for you… 5

1 Subterranean homesick blues 7

2 Slow train coming 26

3 New morning 43

4 Tangled up in blue 63

5 Gotta serve somebody 86

6 I want you 119

7 You're a big girl now 165

8 Love minus zero no limit 190

9 Seeing the real you at last 210

10 Like a rolling stone 218

11 Knockin' on heaven's door 249

Epilogue: It's not dark, yet… 271

Acknowledgments 279

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Seeing the Real You at Last: Life and Love on the Road with Bob Dylan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MaggieMaeBooks More than 1 year ago
Stunning - literally. I found myself compelled to put the book down a few times to process reactions to some of the scenarios. Remembrances from 30 years ago can often come across as re-imagined rather than truly recalled. Not the case here. The snapshots in time - over time - of a few intense months in the bosom of the Dylan entourage appear to be excerpts from someone who journals regularly as a way to make sense of life. I like the way the story evolves without the contrivance of flashbacks. First, lots of entries and memories give us some foundation into Britta's connections with Dylan before leading us to the "immersion" into full-time road life (and love) with him. When that comes to an abrupt end, more entries detail the roller coaster of emotion and internal conflict after her dismissal back to real life. Yet, these entries are not just one fact after another splayed out like a verbal autopsy. This is cinematic writing and first-class storytelling. I sweat when they did. I slunk into a corner when he did. My heart raced when hers did. I avoided the contact high, but other than that, Britta's lyrical writing - poetically lyrical yet not ostentatious or affected - put me in the moment for every interaction. We meet a mixture of sycophants and tortured souls, bidders and takers, snark and spark - and it all combines to produce a multi-layered (yet laid bare) portrait of a creative genius and his entourage in the crazy time of 80s pop/folk/rock music. I want to read it again. I want my pals to read it. Both are among the ways I rate any book at 5 stars.