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Publisher's Summary

Hailed as "Music Book of the Year" by Uncut magazine on publication, and a finalist for theRalph J. Gleason Music Book Award, Down the Highway is an essential biography for Bob Dylan fans and all music enthusiasts, delivering the full, fascinating story of the life and work of this great artist.

Author Howard Sounes interviewed more than 250 key people in Dylan’s circle, and gained access to previously unseen documents, to create a fresh and compelling book that takes the reader on a journey from Dylan’s childhood in a Minnesota mining town, through his rise to fame in the 1960s, to his current status as the senior figure in popular music.

Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of extraordinary personalities, including the American poet Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life) and the singer-songwriters Paul McCartney (Fab) and Lou Reed (Notes from the Velvet Underground).

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"Dylan comes alive, strumming his guitar in a studio in Nashville or hurrying down MacDougal Street with the collar of his leather jacket turned up against the wind…[Sounes] offers information that, in sheer quantity, supersedes prior accounts." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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I'm a little late to the party

I've been an avid music fan since childhood, and always prided myself on the rich diversity that is my record collection.
Somehow, I've overlooked much of Dylan's catalogue.
This was a very informative book on Dylan's personality, and gives a good perspective on the forces that have shaped and influenced him over the years.
There are plenty if surprises, (at least for me).

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The fascinating story of a real life troubadour

A fascinating tale of one of America's great musicians. This in-depth study of a rare breed, a real troubadour who has traversed the country and the world time and time again and will do so until he dies with a guitar in his hands enthralled me from beginning to end. Not only was Dylan the musician singer and songwriter given a detailed study, but also light was cast into the dark recesses of the very private life of a very public figure. Bob Dylan the musician we have known through his music. Bob Zimmerman the man is also revealed here. Wonderfully written in concise detail and beautifully read.

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Down the highway could be more

Book could have been so much more without all the name dropping left out and more sidebar stories put in.
Also the pronunciation of names were very off. Can tell the narrator was not from the US. International names were pronounced with ease but Houston Street is not the same as the city in Texas. Any New Yorker knows that.

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I enjoyed it, but it felt like there was something important missing from the book.

The book was a good summary of Dylan’s life, so I appreciated that. However, it needed to delve into the reasons why Dylan behaves the way he does; his unusual characteristics. For instance, could autism explain his social anxieties? Also, I was bothered by the narrator’s mispronunciation of many words and names. As an American, I understand that the British narrator will pronounce some words differently than my Americanized English. However, this went beyond cultural differences - he just clearly didn’t know how to pronounce many names. That showed a lack of preparation and professionalism.

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Informative, hear more in depth about Dylan

If you love audiobooks and are a Bob Dylan fan this is the audiobook you cannot miss. I know there are a few books about Dylan out there. This one really tells about his experiences through life. Big moments, relationships, albums, and how the man has lived his life. Even if you are not a huge Bob Dylan fan this book is great just to hear about the experiences of legendary musician decade after decade.

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Oh Mercy!

Impressive story and detail. I especially appreciated the history of his trails and trials in the 1980s. I would have appreciated a little more detail on my favorite album, Oh Mercy. Highly recommended and one I will probably visit again as I head on down my highway of life.

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Terrific thorough biography

Had read it years ago and has been updated through 2012 or so. Thorough, well-researched and even-handed, it does a good job telling the remarkable story of Dylan's life. The reader is very good as well. Excellent book well told.

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A detailed and interesting story of Bob Dylan

I’m a fan of Dylan for over 50 years. His recordings have impacted music more than any artist other than the Beatles, who he was a major influence. Many things about Dylan are revealed for the first time. Insights into his music and his musician friends and fellow performers explain Dylan in a way that made me feel I was in the room with Dylan during his most creative times. Dylan’s quirkinesses and genius are all included in this most interesting book. I also like the narrator as the English accent made for a more objective viewpoint.

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"Love and theft"

Balanced assessment of a very complex character. Much material for fans and aficionados to enjoy.

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10 more years of story in audiobook

Quintessential book for any Dylanologist, and an epic tale for anyone who appreciates music, "Down the Highway" is meant to be heard. The original publication was in 2001, and you get to hear through 2009 in the audio book.

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  • 05-09-21

His Bobness

Entertaining from beginning to end, not quite warts and all. A different kind of homage to him.

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  • Doug Heff
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Truly entertaining look at Bob Dylan

This book gets you inside the life of Dylan with a sweeping intimate non judgmental story of the many lives and loves of Dylan. The narration is amazing and so entertaining, I loved the many voices especially. Thank you.