TROUBLE IN MIND, the first-ever examination of Bob Dylan’s controversial yet extraordinary “Gospel Years,” is publishing in sync with 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
, 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 “the world’s foremost Dylan scholar…” (Rolling Stone
) Clinton Heylin.
Heylin’s JUDAS! is the first full accounting of the year Bob Dylan went electric and toured the world facing scorn and furious backlash. In 1966 Bob Dylan and The Hawks found themselves at the epicenter of a storm of controversy. Their response was to unleash a cavalcade of ferocity from Melbourne to Manchester. For the first time, the full story is told from eyewitness accounts and recorded documents.
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 Tapes released in November 2014 and for the 36-CD set of 1966 live recordings, released in November 2016, both by Sony Music.