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Artist: Don Klees
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Don Klees Bob Dylan in the 1980s book Bob Dylan

No period of Bob Dylan’s six-decade career confounds fans more than the 1980s. Don Klees unravels the complexities of the great man and his music during a period of massive transition.

The singer began the decade with Saved, the second in a trio of explicitly religious records, and a tour in which he declined to play his older songs because of concern they were anti-God. Indeed many fans found his post-conversion messages strident and judgmental making Saved his worst selling album in years and setting a pattern for the next several years.

Despite being a prolific time, in which the singer released seven studio albums, the decade was defined by inconsistency. Throughout the 1980s, some of his most profound work alternated with lackluster compositions and indifferent performances - sometimes on the same album. However, even as Dylan struggled artistically, all of his albums contained reminders of why he continued to be celebrated.

By the end of the decade, his perseverance - both on stage and in the studio - and a spontaneous collaboration with some of his peers, coalesced into his best received releases since the 1970s. Rather than closing a book, the combination of Oh Mercy and the first Traveling Wilburys record pointed to new chapters and the following decade began a remarkable run of success that few popular artists have managed at any stage of their careers.


Don Klees literally watches TV for a living. When not basking in television's glow, he enjoys debating the merits of theatre versus film with his wife, telling his kids about music from before they were born (including his first Bob Dylan concert in 1986) and writing about pop-culture in general. Don regularly contributes to Chromakey, CultureSonar, and We Are Cult as well as various anthologies, including the David Bowie themed Me and the Starman.