CHRIS MORRIS is a Los Angeles-based writer and DJ. He is a contributing writer at Variety. He was music editor of The Hollywood Reporter and senior writer for Billboard, and a DJ at the legendary Los Angeles station Indie 103.1. Morris was also the longtime music critic at Los Angeles CityBeat and the Los Angeles Reader. Photo by Markus Cuff His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, LA Weekly, the Chicago Reader, and other publications. He was a contributing writer for the Grammy Museum in L.A. He received a Grammy Award nomination for his notes for Rhino Records’ punk rock boxed set “No Thanks: The ’70s Punk Rebellion.”
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I can’t think of a better guide through the brilliant, complicated and sometimes baffling career of Bob Dylan than Chris Morris. His wise, wild, personal, and often funny takes on Mr. Dylan’s gargantuan recorded history are guaranteed to enlighten, inspire and start an argument or two. — Dave Alvin
Too many Bob Dylan books have been written with no emotional connection to the songs; too few have been written by those who heard each album as they were released. At its best, Chris Morris’ writing achieves what only Dylanologist Paul Williams did before him: It focuses on the songs rather than the man and brings a personal connection that draws the reader closer. The intertwining of Dylan’s best records with the highs and lows of Morris’ personal life made me chuckle and cry with empathy. An essential slice of Dylan-based lit. — Pat Thomas – author of Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 & Did it! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary.