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Bob Dylan pens personal memoirs
Bob Dylan
Dylan won a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 1991
Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is to shed light on his life and 40-year career in his memoirs, to be published later this year.

Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One will be the first of a planned three-book series by the 63-year-old musician.

Publisher David Rosenthal described the "beautifully written" book as "extraordinary and revealing".

The memoirs will be followed by an updated edition of a book featuring lyrics to almost every Dylan song.

The first part of his autobiography has 304 pages and will be published on 12 October.

It will not be the first time the famous musician has been in print - his volume of poems, titled Tarantula, was published in 1971.

Graduation ceremony
Bob Dylan got an honorary degree from The University of St Andrews
Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman in Minnesota in 1941.

He moved to New York and got involved in the folk music scene in the early 1960s and soon became known for his protest songs, including The Times They Are A-Changin' and Blowin' In The Wind.

He went on to sell millions of records and score hits such as Like A Rolling Stone.

He also wrote songs for other artists including Joan Baez, The Byrds and Peter, Paul and Mary.

Dylan was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and still continues to tour regularly.

The singer-songwriter remains as much an influence among current rock musicians as he was to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the 60s.

Earlier this year, he was awarded an honorary degree by Scotland's oldest university, St Andrews.

Dylan was made a Doctor of Music at the graduation ceremony in June.

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