Robert Shelton met Bob Dylan when the young singer arrived in New York. His book, first published in 1986, was hailed as the definitive unauthorised biography of the moody, passionate genius and his world. Of more than a thousand books published about Bob Dylan, it is only this one that has been written with Dylan's active cooperation, giving Shelton access to his parents, Abe and Beatty Zimmerman, to his brother, his childhood friends, to students from Minneapolis and also to Suze Rotolo, the muse immortalised on the cover of 1963's "Freewheelin'". Bob Dylan will be seventy in May 2011.
Robert Shelton was born in Chicago in 1926 and was on the staff of the New York Times for two decades until he came to Europe. Best known as the man who discoveredA" Bob Dylan, he was the principle chronicler of the 1960s US folk revival. His books include the Woody Guthrie collection Born to Win, The Face of Folk Music, The Country Music Story and The Electric Muse. He died in 1995.