Dylan Tells All In New Memoir 'Chronicles, Volume One'

The legend's sheds light on his life and music

Bob Dylan in New York.
John Cohen/Getty Images
September 30, 2004

Bob Dylan's early years have been philosophized, criticized, idolized and dissected in hundreds of books, but on October 12th, Simon & Schuster will release Dylan's own account, Chronicles: Volume One. "[It] will be published in the form of articles," Dylan has said of the 304 page book. "The point of departure will be the different songs. I've noticed that it's a good way of remembering things from the past." The book is just one of a handful of new retrospectives that promise firsthand revelations from Dylan himself.

The Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time: Bob Dylan: Chronicles, Volume One

A documentary by Martin Scorsese will air early next year, featuring portions of Dylan's first on-camera interview in twenty years. A source close to the singer-songwriter says the film includes outtakes from Don't Look Back as well as footage from the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. The premiere of the documentary will coincide with a CD containing live renditions and never-before-released original songs.

On November 19th, Seattle's Experience Music Project will open "Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966," a massive exhibit spanning his teen years in Minnesota up to the recording of his 1966 masterpiece, Blonde on Blonde. "It's gonna blow people's minds," says EMP director Bob Santelli. The interactive exhibit will pack a decade's worth of memorabilia into 3,000 square feet and feature artifacts such as a book report Dylan wrote about The Grapes of Wrath and his beat-up copy of Woody Guthrie's autobiography, Bound for Glory.

But that's not all. On October 12th, Simon & Schuster will also release Lyrics: 1962-2001, a book containing the words to nearly every song that Dylan has written. A compendium of lyrics released in 1973 contained additional prose and drawings by the songwriter; but those will not be included. "It's a 600-page book," says the Dylan source. "It's an arm-buster."

This story is from the September 30, 2004 issue of Rolling Stone.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

More Song Stories entries »