CLINTON HEYLIN with Raymond Foye

brooklynrail.org - 04-03

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Whenever I am asked which Dylan biography one should read (if you are only going to read one) my answer is always Clinton Heylin's Behind the Shades Revisited, the 2001 revised second edition of his probing and provocative 1991 classic. Not that I don't have my arguments with him: we all do, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Clinton Heylin is the author of over two dozen books, including studies of Orson Welles, the sonnets of Shakespeare, English balladry, biographies of Sandy Denny and Van Morrison, and a definitive history of the bootleg recording. By coincidence we found ourselves doing research for a week at the Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa. At the end of the visit, Heylin agreed to sit for an hour in a local cafe where I recorded this interview.