FROM THE CRASH TO THE CROSS: When Bob Dylan picked up a silver cross thrown on stage and found Christianity in the late Seventies, it ended a search that had begun when his life crashed to a halt in 1966 with his motorcycle accident. According to Dylan, the turning point came one night in late 1978 when he received a “vision and a feeling.” Dylan later said, “Jesus put his hand on me. It was a physical thing. I felt it. I felt it all over me. I felt my whole body tremble. The glory of the Lord knocked me down and picked me up.” That search makes sense of his John Wesley Harding album and the following 12 years. This book puts into context Dylan’s disappearance from view in the late Sixties as well as his re-emergence with The Band for the album Planet Waves and Before the Flood tour, as well as his critically acclaimed Rolling Thunder Revue tours.
Derek Barker is renowned authority on the life and works of Bob Dylan, owner and editor of Bob Dylan ISIS magazine, the longest-running Dylan publication. Derek regularly contributes to radio and television programmes about Bob Dylan. He is the author of five previous books on Dylan.