Clinton Heylin

Clinton Heylin was described by Rolling Stone in February 2016 as “perhaps the world’s authority on all things Dylan.” Aside from his definitive biography, Dylan Behind The Shades (Simon & Schuster, 1991; new edition HarperCollins, 2001), which remains in print more than twenty years after publication having twice been revised, he also has published two bulky volumes detailing the histories of all 610 original Dylan songs, Revolution In The Air (Chicago Review Press, 2009) and Still On The Road (ditto, 2010). His previous works on Dylan include Stolen Moments: Dylan Day By Day (Schirmer, 1996), and The Recording Sessions 1960-1994 (St Martin’s Press, 1995).

Heylin has been an invited speaker at Dylan conventions all around the world; in Britain, America, Australia and most recently, in Vienna and at a university conference in Potsdam in June 2013 on the subject of why Dylan should be nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature—as he now has been. He was also chosen as the annotator of the 2013 49-CD boxed-set of Dylan’s Complete Columbia Recordings by Sony, for which he was nominated for the 2014 ASCAP Drew Taylor Award, and he has contributed “historical notes” for the 6-CD set of Basement Tapesreleased in November 2014 and for the 36-CD set of 1966 live recordings, released in November 2016, both by Sony Music.


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