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

Author: Clinton Heylin

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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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Bob Dylan's Gospel Years With Clinton Heylin

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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Clinton Heylin

Clinton Heylin is one of the leading rock historians in the world, with over two dozen books to his name. These include biographies of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Sandy Denny. Route publish Clinton's account of Bob Dylan's gospel years, Trouble In Mind; the infamous turning electric era of 1965/66, JUDAS!; a history of Fairport Convention and English folk-rock, What We Did Instead of Holidays; and his explosive look at the birth of punk, Anarchy in the Year Zero.


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