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PostPosted: Sat January 22nd, 2011, 17:52 GMT 

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It will be fascinating to see what Dylan has chosen to write about in Chronicles 2 and how it relates to the previous volume.

R&C; a DVD release + 2 vols containing all the relevant written material.


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PostPosted: Mon July 11th, 2011, 17:57 GMT 
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via the 7/8/11 edition of the New York Times. Chronicles 2 is notable by its absence. In fact, it's a little surprising the Dylan and Chronicles are not mentioned at all, as a case could be made that Chronicles is what set off the current spate of rock star memoirs. Certainly, Patti Smith has acknowledged that Chronicles inspired her to write Just Kids.

In any case, I think it unlikely now that we'll see Chronicles 2 this year. S&S has published its Fall catalog without a mention of the book.

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July 8, 2011
Rock Stars of Books: Musicians’ Big Sales
By JULIE BOSMAN

When Sammy Hagar appeared at Left Bank Books in St. Louis in March to autograph copies of his memoir, it was not a typical book signing.

Mr. Hagar, the former Van Halen lead singer, started sipping tequila as soon as the event began. Police officers were hired to provide security. And nervous bookstore employees pleaded with eager female fans not to lift their shirts in front of Mr. Hagar when they reached the signing table.

“Nobody did,” said Kris Kleindienst, the relieved bookstore owner.

Such are the perils of working with the rock ’n’ roll legends who have lined up to write their life stories lately, a group that includes Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne, Patti Smith, Pete Townshend, Bob Mould and Gregg Allman.

In a squirrely market for books, the rock memoir has taken off, spurring publishers to pursue more book deals with musicians willing to tell their stories.

“There is an unusual number,” said Ed Victor, the literary agent who represents Mr. Richards, Eric Clapton and Mr. Townshend. “And that’s because there’s been some very successful ones and people want to copycat.”

Mr. Richards’s book, “Life,” which sold for more than $7 million, received raves from critics and stayed on the New York Times’s hardcover best-seller list for 22 weeks. A memoir by Steven Tyler, the Aerosmith frontman, was such an early hit that his publisher, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, went back to press six times before the book was published in May, based on the strength of preorders from bookstores and online retailers.

Ms. Smith won a National Book Award in nonfiction last year for “Just Kids,” a memoir of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and her bohemian adventures in New York in the 1960s and ’70s.

“It appears that the entire Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is now sitting in front of the computer,” said David Hirshey, the HarperCollins editor who just bought Mr. Townshend’s memoir.

Even Mr. Hagar landed in the No. 1 spot on the best-seller list earlier this year with his memoir, “Red,” which went on to sell 61,000 copies in hardcover, according to Nielsen BookScan, which typically tracks 75 percent of retail printed sales and does not track e-book sales.

“I was surprised, but nobody was more surprised than Sammy,” said Lisa Sharkey, the editor who acquired “Red” for It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. “He almost started to cry. He had to step outside. He was basically jumping up and down.”

Publishers and agents said the unusually large pack of rock memoirs could have materialized not only thanks to a dose of baby-boomer nostalgia but also because so many musicians are reaching the twilight of their careers, long after they have written their most famous songs and collected their most decadent tales of sex and drug use.

“There is a generation of titans who are now looking back and realizing that their tales have yet to be told,” said Michael Pietsch, the publisher of Little, Brown, part of the Hachette Book Group.

Many of the performers at the height of their fame in the ’80s and ’90s are at a natural age to write a memoir, said Mauro DiPreta, the associate publisher of It Books. “I think that’s why this is a burgeoning category,” he said. “They can look back and actually have a story to tell.”

Mr. Townshend, for one, started to write a memoir in the mid-’90s but decided to put it aside after disagreeing with his publisher about the direction of the book. He recently returned to the task, making a deal with HarperCollins, and said he planned to spend much of this year combing through his archives and writing.

“I think of myself as more of a writer than anything else,” said Mr. Townshend, who worked as a book editor and has kept diaries most of his life. “When an artist writes a book, if they’re a musician, they may use musical techniques. They may play their story, almost like it’s a guitar.”

Perhaps more than in other celebrity memoirs, musicians tend to tell stories with built-in tension and drama, said Stacy Creamer, the publisher of Touchstone, which will release a book in October by Duff McKagan, the former Guns N’ Roses bassist.

“With the music people, there’s always going to be a tough climb up,” Ms. Creamer said. “There’s temptations or stuff to get through once you’re really successful. Then the band falls apart. The whole arc of the story is going to be riveting.”

The critical success last year of Mr. Richards’s book, in particular, may have inspired the deals that came afterward, said Jamie Raab, the publisher of Grand Central Publishing. “It has whetted people in publishing’s appetite for these books, thinking there is an audience for them,” she said. “And on the other side, there are other musicians who realize that they can be very successful and they can be done at a very high level. There’s more of an incentive to do something if you feel it can be done well.”

Money can be a clear consideration, particularly when advances rise into the millions. “For the guys now who are in their 60s, they’re seeing big paydays, for one,” said Daniel Halpern, the president and publisher of Ecco. “It’s also their legacy. They want to get it down before they’re gone.”

There are so many rock memoirs that some editors wondered if the category is getting overcrowded. Next year will see the publication of books by Billy Idol and Mr. Allman, among others. “In publishing, if something works, people keep doing it until it doesn’t work anymore,” Mr. Halpern said. “I have a feeling we’re getting close to that. I think the reading public is going to get a little worn out.” (The genre is not limited to grown-ups: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group said on Thursday that in 2013 it would publish a picture-book biography of Robbie Robertson, written by his son, Sebastian.)

But many performers have yet to be convinced to write their life stories, including Elton John, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, who according to a persistent rumor has been writing his memoir for years.

“My white whale is David Bowie,” said Ms. Creamer of Touchstone, part of Simon & Schuster. “I will retire if I can get David Bowie.”


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PostPosted: Mon July 11th, 2011, 21:35 GMT 
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Contrary to the last, what would you expect of the man that promised three volumes, and has so far delivered one? Even if we do get Vol 2, I'll be amazed if Pricktease Bob covers '65-'66. My money's on 1991-1996, for Rambo and i'malmosthere's sakes.


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via the 7/8/11 edition of the New York Times. Chronicles 2 is notable by its absence. In fact, it's a little surprising the Dylan and Chronicles are not mentioned at all, as a case could be made that Chronicles is what set off the current spate of rock star memoirs. Certainly, Patti Smith has acknowledged that Chronicles inspired her to write Just Kids.

In any case, I think it unlikely now that we'll see Chronicles 2 this year. S&S has published its Fall catalog without a mention of the book.

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July 8, 2011
Rock Stars of Books: Musicians’ Big Sales
By JULIE BOSMAN

When Sammy Hagar appeared at Left Bank Books in St. Louis in March to autograph copies of his memoir, it was not a typical book signing.

Mr. Hagar, the former Van Halen lead singer, started sipping tequila as soon as the event began. Police officers were hired to provide security. And nervous bookstore employees pleaded with eager female fans not to lift their shirts in front of Mr. Hagar when they reached the signing table.

“Nobody did,” said Kris Kleindienst, the relieved bookstore owner.

Such are the perils of working with the rock ’n’ roll legends who have lined up to write their life stories lately, a group that includes Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne, Patti Smith, Pete Townshend, Bob Mould and Gregg Allman.

In a squirrely market for books, the rock memoir has taken off, spurring publishers to pursue more book deals with musicians willing to tell their stories.

“There is an unusual number,” said Ed Victor, the literary agent who represents Mr. Richards, Eric Clapton and Mr. Townshend. “And that’s because there’s been some very successful ones and people want to copycat.”

Mr. Richards’s book, “Life,” which sold for more than $7 million, received raves from critics and stayed on the New York Times’s hardcover best-seller list for 22 weeks. A memoir by Steven Tyler, the Aerosmith frontman, was such an early hit that his publisher, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, went back to press six times before the book was published in May, based on the strength of preorders from bookstores and online retailers.

Ms. Smith won a National Book Award in nonfiction last year for “Just Kids,” a memoir of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and her bohemian adventures in New York in the 1960s and ’70s.

“It appears that the entire Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is now sitting in front of the computer,” said David Hirshey, the HarperCollins editor who just bought Mr. Townshend’s memoir.

Even Mr. Hagar landed in the No. 1 spot on the best-seller list earlier this year with his memoir, “Red,” which went on to sell 61,000 copies in hardcover, according to Nielsen BookScan, which typically tracks 75 percent of retail printed sales and does not track e-book sales.

“I was surprised, but nobody was more surprised than Sammy,” said Lisa Sharkey, the editor who acquired “Red” for It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. “He almost started to cry. He had to step outside. He was basically jumping up and down.”

Publishers and agents said the unusually large pack of rock memoirs could have materialized not only thanks to a dose of baby-boomer nostalgia but also because so many musicians are reaching the twilight of their careers, long after they have written their most famous songs and collected their most decadent tales of sex and drug use.

“There is a generation of titans who are now looking back and realizing that their tales have yet to be told,” said Michael Pietsch, the publisher of Little, Brown, part of the Hachette Book Group.

Many of the performers at the height of their fame in the ’80s and ’90s are at a natural age to write a memoir, said Mauro DiPreta, the associate publisher of It Books. “I think that’s why this is a burgeoning category,” he said. “They can look back and actually have a story to tell.”

Mr. Townshend, for one, started to write a memoir in the mid-’90s but decided to put it aside after disagreeing with his publisher about the direction of the book. He recently returned to the task, making a deal with HarperCollins, and said he planned to spend much of this year combing through his archives and writing.

“I think of myself as more of a writer than anything else,” said Mr. Townshend, who worked as a book editor and has kept diaries most of his life. “When an artist writes a book, if they’re a musician, they may use musical techniques. They may play their story, almost like it’s a guitar.”

Perhaps more than in other celebrity memoirs, musicians tend to tell stories with built-in tension and drama, said Stacy Creamer, the publisher of Touchstone, which will release a book in October by Duff McKagan, the former Guns N’ Roses bassist.

“With the music people, there’s always going to be a tough climb up,” Ms. Creamer said. “There’s temptations or stuff to get through once you’re really successful. Then the band falls apart. The whole arc of the story is going to be riveting.”

The critical success last year of Mr. Richards’s book, in particular, may have inspired the deals that came afterward, said Jamie Raab, the publisher of Grand Central Publishing. “It has whetted people in publishing’s appetite for these books, thinking there is an audience for them,” she said. “And on the other side, there are other musicians who realize that they can be very successful and they can be done at a very high level. There’s more of an incentive to do something if you feel it can be done well.”

Money can be a clear consideration, particularly when advances rise into the millions. “For the guys now who are in their 60s, they’re seeing big paydays, for one,” said Daniel Halpern, the president and publisher of Ecco. “It’s also their legacy. They want to get it down before they’re gone.”

There are so many rock memoirs that some editors wondered if the category is getting overcrowded. Next year will see the publication of books by Billy Idol and Mr. Allman, among others. “In publishing, if something works, people keep doing it until it doesn’t work anymore,” Mr. Halpern said. “I have a feeling we’re getting close to that. I think the reading public is going to get a little worn out.” (The genre is not limited to grown-ups: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group said on Thursday that in 2013 it would publish a picture-book biography of Robbie Robertson, written by his son, Sebastian.)

But many performers have yet to be convinced to write their life stories, including Elton John, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, who according to a persistent rumor has been writing his memoir for years.

“My white whale is David Bowie,” said Ms. Creamer of Touchstone, part of Simon & Schuster. “I will retire if I can get David Bowie.”


Yes, I wondered when I read the above in the NY Times why there was no mention whatsoever of Dylan - but then remembered that most media don't mention Dylan - for whatever reason. . . :evil:


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PostPosted: Tue July 12th, 2011, 00:37 GMT 
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One of the things that made Chronicles so enticing was the way in which Bob spun the tales of things already familiar, drawing readers in so that they hung on his every word without telling them anything they didn't already know... and if there was something there that was a surprise, you had to ask yourself whether the story was reliable or he was telling another tale.

This is one of the reasons I am so anxiously awaiting Chonicles II.


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PostPosted: Wed July 13th, 2011, 04:59 GMT 
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Honestly, I don't need another mid-sixties book from ANYONE, even Dylan himself. So I hope he steers clear. As Chronicles proved, the quality of the album is irrelevant to quality of the book. So even if he wants to write about Down In The Groove, that's fine by me (in fact, that album may be among the most interesting).


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PostPosted: Thu July 14th, 2011, 04:08 GMT 
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A book by Dylan himself will hardly be just another mid sixties book. I'll bet Bob can't even wait to read it and find out what he was doing. :P

At this rate, if its as good as the first installment, he can write about anything he wants in any time frame. I found it entertaining. I just wish his voice was the one for the book on tape version.


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PostPosted: Thu July 14th, 2011, 04:11 GMT 
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Yeah, a shame, that. Penn does a good job, but of course you want the original author.

A chapter or two about the Gospel Era would be my wish. I doubt he'd go there, but Dylan looking back on all that in an honest (or even dishonest!) way would be awesome.


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