Bob Dylan working on more Chronicles memoirs

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  • Updated: Sep 19, 2012 14:02 IST

There's more to come from the pen of Bob Dylan, following on from Chronicles: Volume One, as the musician told Rolling Stone that volumes two and three are indeed on the slate.

"I was writing about the Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album, but I didn't use that [in Chronicles: Volume One]... I still have the other piece for Freewheelin' -- most of it -- and I can definitely make it bigger."

"That's one of the aspects of Chronicles Two and Chronicles Three. It would definitely start with records," he told Rolling Stone in an interview published in the September 27 issue.

The 2004 publication Chronicles: Volume One was extremely well received, even becoming one of the National Book Critics' Circle Award nominees in 2005.

Later, internet sleuths pointed out similarities between some of Chronicles' enchanting turns of phrase and those attributed to work by Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Marcel Proust, Carl Sandburg, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe -- even Henry Rollins and Time Magazine.

Dylan's response to accusations arising over these sorts of similarities came elsewhere in the Rolling Stone exchange.

"Oh, yeah, in folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition. That certainly is true. It's true for everybody, but me. There are different rules for me. And as far as [Civil War poet] Henry Timrod is concerned, have you even heard of him? Who's been reading him lately? And who's pushed him to the forefront? Who's been making you read him?"

 

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