About the Book
Bob Dylan is one of the most iconic figures in modern music, and for two decades, Howard Sounes’ Down the Highway has been the definitive biography of an American icon. Based on years of research, documentary evidence, and interviews with 250 of Dylan’s intimates—many exclusive—Down the Highway has gone beyond the scope of other accounts to become the most complete, authoritative biography of Bob Dylan now in print. It was praised by The Orlando Sentinel for the insights it offers to Dylan at work . . . from young upstart to grand old man of rock ‘n’ roll. . . . This book makes us realize now, while he’s still with us, how valuable he has been to our culture these last forty years.”
Sounes’s prodigious research has resulted in new insights on every aspect of Dylan’s life. He has obtained exclusive information to provide the clearest picture yet of Dylan’s 1966 motorcycle accident and subsequent “lost years” in Woodstock, New York, and he uncovered the star’s unknown second marriage. He gives inside accounts of the tours, the creation of every album and the most celebrated songs, Dylan’s labyrinthine love life, his life-threatening heart illness in 1997, and more—directly from interviews with girlfriends, family, friends, producers, concert promoters, and fellow musicians.
As Dylan approaches his eightieth year, Howard Sounes once again brings Down the Highway up to date, following the last decade of Dylan’s life and career. Candid, refreshing, and written with a sincere appreciation of Dylan’s music and influence, Down the Highway is an essential book for the millions of people who have enjoyed Dylan’s music over the years.