Praise for Chronicles Volume 1: 'Takes its place next to "On The Road "...as an essential record of an American artist's manifest destiny.' Observer 'Like discovering the lost diaries of Shakespeare... Maybe the most extraordinarily intimate autobiography by a 20th-century legend.' Daily Telegraph 'There are enough bizarre and entertaining snippets of information sprinkled throughout to fascinate the most jaded Dylan obsessive.' Independent 'Entertaining and surprisingly deprecating..."Chronicles Volume " is tautly written, vividly cinematic, and funny'. Financial Times
Written in 1966, Tarantula is a collection of poems and prose that evokes the turbulence of the times in which it was written, and gives a unique insight into Dylan's creative evolution - it was written during work on his magnum opus, Blonde on Blonde. 'the good samaritan coming in with the words "round & round we go" tattooed on his cheek he tells the senator to stop insulting the lawyer' Written in 1966, Tarantula captures Bob Dylan's preoccupations at a crucial juncture in his artistic development, showcasing the antic imagination of a folk poet laureate who was able to combine the humanity and compassion of his country roots with the playful surrealism of modern art. Angry, funny and strange, the poems and prose in this collection reflect the concerns we find in Dylan's most seminal music: a sense of protest, a verbal playfulness and spontaneity, and a belief in the artistic legitimacy of chronicling everyday life and eccentricity on the street. Tarantula never made its publication date in Autumn 1966.
To the delays added by Dylan's constant revisions was added the greater complication of his motorcyle accident - which left him with still undisclosed injuries and kept the book from publication until 1971. In the interim, it became a cult phenomenon, with 'bookleg' editions photocopied from reviewer proofs circulating throughout the musical and literary demi-mondes. Reissued to coincide with the paperback release of Chronicles 1, Tarantula will finally find the wider audience it deserves.