The Official Clinton Heylin
The GOOD the BAD and the UGGLY
POSITIVE BLURB ON SOME OF THOSE HEYLIN TOMES
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What the Critics say
A formidable rock historian.” - The Australian.
“Arguably the world’s greatest rock biographer.” - The Irish Independent.
“The only Dylanologist worth reading.” - The New York Times.
“The maddest muso currently writing.” - Time Out.
Titles due for publication:
April 2009: Revolution In The Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan vol. 1 (1957-73). (Constable-Robinson [UK] Acappella [US])
May/June 2009: So Long As Men Can Breathe: The Secret History of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Perseus [US]).
April 2010: Still On The Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan vol. 2 (1974-2006).
(Constable-Robinson [UK] Acappella [US])
June 2006: The Act You’ve Known For All These Years: A Year In The Life of Sgt Pepper & Friends (Canongate-Grove).
“If you want a dispassionate voice to separate the hoopla, myth and mystique from the actual Sgt Pepper recordings, [Heylin’s] is as articulate, intelligent and reasonable as any I’ve read.” – Mail on Sunday.
“Rather than settle for the bog-standard making-of [book], Heylin takes a couple of steps back and assesses the broader cultural landscape of the times.” – Record Collector.
January 2006: Babylon’s Burning: From Punk to Grunge (Penguin/ Canongate-Grove).
“Babylon’s Burning puts [Heylin] up there with the great rock writers.” - Metro Life.
“A veritable Bible of punk” - Scotland on Sunday.
“Heylin’s greatest success here is the way he recreates the excitement of the era.” - Books Quarterly.
“Babylon’s Burning is an essential document for pop archeologists.” - The Times.
“What is here, and there’s much, is irresistibly and infuriatingly good.” - Mojo.
Spring 2005: All Yesterdays’ Parties: The Velvet Underground in Print 1966-71 (Da Capo Press). [editor]
NOMINEE FOR ARSC AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HISTORICAL RECORDED SOUND RESEARCH 2006.
“Lets the primary texts speak for themselves.” - New York Times Book Review.
“A sweet kiss for all Velvet freaks.” - Thurston Moore, Arthur.
“A valuable sourcebook.” - Relix.
“Fascinating ... a book that documents rock journalism as much as it presents a cinema verite of the VU’s history in print.” - Paste.
February 2005: Despite The System: Orson Welles versus The Hollywood Studios (Canongate/ Chicago Review Press).
FINALIST FOR THEATRE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AWARD 2005.
“The most meticulous champion Orson Welles has ever had. For those of you who are scholars of Welles, amateur or pro, or simply wondering what in the world happened to him after his astonishing debut with Citizen Kane, this is the book for you.” - Budd Schulberg, New York Times.
“This is the book Orson Welles always hoped for ... an extraordinary job of groundbreaking research.” - Peter Bogdanovich, film director.
“Excellent ... Other books have looked at the myth of Orson Welles. Here, at last, is historical fact and proper research - real evidence from the archives about a maverick talent destroyed by philstines. Heylin’s case is irrefutable.” - Roger Lewis, The Mail on Sunday.
“It is wonderful to see a film biography trying to increase the reputation of its subject through intelligent criticism rather than drag it through the mud.” - Christopher Wood, The Times.
“A definite page-turner, Despite The System should be on the shelf of any fan of Welles or American cinema.” - Razor.
February 2004: Bootleg - The Rise & Fall of the Secret Recording Industry (Omnibus Press).
[revised + updated ed. of The Great White Wonders (Viking, 1994)].
October 2002: Can You Feel The Silence? - Van Morrison: A New Biography (Viking-Penguin).
“Fair and honest. Heylin is a genuine admirer of Van’s work, and his judgement is spot on ... Genuinely illuminating.” - Daily Telegraph.
“Superlative. Heylin has done a valiant job and produced a well-written book, working with difficult subject matter.” - Record Collector.
“Exhaustively marshals [all] the known facts about the Baudelaire of Belfast.” - The Independent.
“The best book yet on Van Morrison.” - Time Out.
“It is unlikely that we’ll see as detailed a biography of Van the Man again in the near future. Recommended.” - Library Journal.
“A terrific, detailed look at Van Morrison’s life ... Silence should prove indispensable for Morrisonites - and a must for anyone who enjoys tales of tortured stars behaving badly.” - Entertainment Weekly.
“[A] meticulously researched account of Morrison’s life and work ... loaded with stories of the man’s misdeeds, not to mention plenty of dish about the singer’s cantankerous dislike of record companies and biographers ... Definitive.” - Rolling Stone.
“Fascinating, exhaustively researched ... If you can separate the art from the artist, you will find the sad and turbulent tale of Morrison’s troubled and rather miserable life a fascinating contrast to his complex and brilliant musical legacy.” - Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times.
“Big, well-written, absorbing, this book delivers whopping amounts of new information and details about Morrison’s career ... An engrossing read.” - Discoveries.
2001: No More Sad Refrains: The Life & Times of Sandy Denny (Helter Skelter).
2000: Bob Dylan Behind The Shades - Take Two (Penguin)
[2001 US title: Behind The Shades Revisited (Harper-Collins)]
“The most exhaustive, balanced and intelligent account of Dylan’s accomplishments that anybody is likely to provide.” - Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph.
“Rightly acclaimed as the all-purpose Dylan biography ... has an admirable eyewitness feel.” - Q magazine.
“This is Clinton Heylin’s second bash at providing a properly informed discussion about the life and times of Robert Allen Zimmerman. And after talking to enough people, listening to enough songs, and reading enough critiques, histories and analyses has he succeeded? Hell, yes.” - The Times.
“Heylin comes closer than anyone to unlocking the magic and mystery of rock’s most captivating performer.” - Peter Doggett, Record Collector.
“This epic portrait could hardly be bettered.” - The Independent.
1998: Dylan’s Daemon Lover: The Story of a 450-Year Old Pop Ballad (Helter Skelter).
1996: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols (Schirmer Books)
[also editor of the series of books entitled Classic Rock Albums - eight volumes]
1995 - Bob Dylan: The Recording
Sessions 1960-94 (Penguin/ St Martin’s Press).
1992 - The Penguin Book of Rock & Roll
Writing [editor] (Penguin US+UK - republished in US as The Da Capo Book
of Rock & Roll Writing).
1987 [revised ed.
1996] - Dylan Day By Day: A Life In Stolen Moments (Music Sales/
Schirmer). [also Japan (Sony)]
1996-98 General Editor of Schirmer Classic Rock Albums Series [8 vols.].