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 (Behind The Shades), Van Morrison (Can You Feel The Silence?), Bruce Springsteen (E Street Shuffle) and Sandy Denny (No More Sad Refrains), as well as his acclaimed pre-punk history, From The Velvets To The Voidoids, and the one and only history of rock bootlegs, Bootleg. His highly acclaimed titles It’s One For The Money and Anarchy In The Year Zero were nominated for the Penderyn Book Award. His most recent titles, JUDAS! and Trouble In Mind, are in-depth accounts of the two electrifying periods in Bob Dylan’s career when he was roundly booed. He lives in Somerset.


Trouble In Mind: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years – What Really Happened

JUDAS! From Forest Hills to The Free Trade Hall, A Historical View of The Big Boo

No One Else Could Play That Tune: The Making and Unmaking of Bob Dylan’s 1974 Masterpiece

Anarchy in the Year Zero: The Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Class of 76

What We Did Instead of Holidays: Fairport Convention and Its Extended Folk-Rock Family


Clinton Heylin | The Middles Show

Mick Middles talks with Clinton Heylin about Anarchy in the Year Zero, with music from Sex Pistols recorded live in 1976, plus The Clash, The Stooges and PiL.

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.

Clinton Heylin With Tim Moon on Coast and County Radio

Clinton Heylin interviewed by Tim Moon on The Folk Programme on Coast and County Radio about What We Did Instead of Holidays. They talk in detail about the Faiport Convention family and a little bit about Bob Dylan. Click play above to listen. Running time 21:12.

PODCAST | Clinton Heylin at Durham Book Festival

Clinton Heylin presentation at Durham Book Festival 2018. Clinton reads from his monograph No One Else Could Play That Tune, plays two tracks from the New York recording sessions for Bob Dylan's album Blood on the Tracks and takes questions from the floor.

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Clinton Heylin Interview - Anarchy in the Year Zero

When Clinton Heylin called in to Route HQ to sign the Collector’s Edition of Anarchy in the Year Zero, he took time out to answer some questions about the book.


Anarchy in the Year Zero Reviews

Trouble In Mind Reviews


Prelude | A Coat of Many Colours

Clinton Heylin's prelude to 'What We Did Instead of Holidays: A History of Fairport Convention and It's Extended Folk-Rock Family'


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