Trouble in Mind: A Companion Book to Bob Dylan’s Trouble No More
Today Lesser Gods is excited to publish Trouble in Mind: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years: What Really Happened by Clinton Helyin. It’s the first-ever examination of Bob Dylan’s controversial yet extraordinary Gospel Years, publishing on the heels of Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981.
Between 1979 and 1981, Dylan produced and released three of his most controversial albums—Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love—toured the world and played the most contentious shows of his career. Remarkably, this entire period was perhaps the most fastidiously well-documented of his career, with every studio session, every live show and every single rehearsal recorded on Dylan’s behalf. For the first time, that material has been excavated, reviewed and accessed by Clinton Heylin, whom Rolling Stone has called “the world’s foremost Dylan scholar.” The book includes numerous original interviews with various members of Dylan’s touring band, session musicians as well as key figures in Dylan’s orbit during this time of evangelical fervor.
Lesser Gods is also bringing to the US the companion book to last year’s release, Live 1966 Recordings, The Bootleg Series Vol. 12. Judas! From Forest Hills to the Free Trade Hall: A Historical View of the Big Boo is the first full accounting of the year Bob Dylan went electric and toured the world, facing scorn and furious backlash. For the first time, the full story is told from eyewitness accounts and recorded documents.
Clinton Heylin was described by Rolling Stone as “perhaps the world’s authority on all things Dylan.” Aside from his definitive biography, Dylan Behind The Shades, he has published two bulky volumes detailing the histories of all 610 original Dylan songs, Revolution In The Air and Still On The Road. His previous works on Dylan include Stolen Moments: Dylan Day By Day and The Recording Sessions 1960-1994. Heylin has been an invited speaker at Dylan conventions all around the world. He was 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. He contributed “historical notes” for the 6-CD set of Basement Tapes, released in 2014, and the 36-CD set of 1966 live recordings, released in 2016, both by Sony Music.