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 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; No One Else Could Play That Tune delves deep into the New York recording sessions for Dylan's 1974 masterpiece Blood on the Tracks. He lives in Somerset.
01 January, 2023
The Making and Unmaking of Bob Dylan’s 1974 Masterpiece Wanted Man Study Series: Take II ~ Vol.1 Limited edition monograph in hardback. NO ONE ELSE COULD PLAY THAT TUNE is the perfect companion to the all-singing all-dancing boxed set of the complete New York sessions for Dylan’s fabled Blood On The Tracks: More Blood, More Tracks. Clinton Heylin tra..Read More
A History of Fairport Convention and Its Extend Folk-Rock Family In June 1968, a group of Muswell Hillbillies made their official album debut as Fairport Convention. In the next fifteen years, three of those founding Fairportees – Richard Thompson, Ashley ‘Tyger’ Hutchings and Simon Nicol – along with the next generation of Fairport recruits – Iain Matthe..Read More
Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years – What Really Happened Rolling Stone Book of the Year Mojo Book of the Year ‘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 afterglo..Read More
Longlisted for the 2017 Penderyn Music Book of the Year The Sex Pistols, The Clash and the ’Class of 76 This is the story of the birth of Punk, with a capital P, in the only country where it was a mainstream movement: the UK; told entirely by eye-witnesses (Heylin included) whose words, then and now, have been held up to the light of history’s hindsigh..Read More
Signed copy of Clinton Heylin's updated Dylan biography: The Double Life of Bob Dylan Volume One: A Restless Hungry Feeling (1941-1966)Read More
The second volume of Clinton Heylin’s magisterial biography takes us from Dylan’s 1966 motorcycle accident to the present day. We meet a man who is determined to confound expectations; yet whatever he does only seems to confirm his iconic status to fans and critics alike. There are peaks and troughs. Long periods of writer’s block are followed by sudden b..Read More