Trouble In Mind

A comprehensive and thrilling account of Bob Dylan’s gospel years, an essential guide to the bootleg series box set.

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ISBN: 9781901927726
Extent: 336pp + 8pp Colour Section

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Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years – What Really Happened

‘When I get involved in something, I get totally involved. I don’t just play around on the fringes.’ – Bob Dylan

In 1979 there was… trouble in mind, and trouble in store for the ever-iconoclastic Dylan. But unlike in 1965-66, the artifactal afterglow – three albums in three years, Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love – barely reflected the explosion of faith and inspiration. One has to look elsewhere, and in Trouble In Mind, Clinton Heylin has; connecting the dots on the man’s gospel years by drawing on a wealth of new information, newly-found recordings and new interviews. His primary goal? To make the case for a wholesale re-evaluation of the music Bob Dylan produced in these inspiring times.

‘The only Dylanologist worth reading.’ – New York Times

‘Fantastically informative, detailed and readable book.’ – International Times

‘A vivid account of what Dylan was going through.’ – The Arts Desk

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A podcast of a Clinton Heylin event discussing Bob Dylan's Gospel Years. The recording begins with Clinton reading from Trouble In Mind and playing tracks from the era – including some rare Bob Dylan onstage ‘raps’ – and is rounded off with a lively Q&A.

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Route’s Bob Dylan titles come from the pens of three pre-eminent Dylan writers: Michael Gray, John Bauldie and Clinton Heylin. All born and raised in North West England – The Wirral, Bolton and Manchester respectively – each have not only been key figures in furthering our understanding and appreciation of Dylan as an artist, but have been active participants in how Bob Dylan’s work has been presented to the world.

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