Robert Shelton, born June 28, 1926, Chicago, Illinois, United States, died December 11, 1995, Brighton, England, was a music and film critic. Shelton's most enduring claim to fame was that he helped launch the career of a then unknown 20-year-old folk singer named Bob Dylan. Robert was raised in Chicago, served in the US Army in France during 1944-45, and attended the School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He moved to New York in the 1950s, joining the staff of the New York Times not long after. For a decade (1958–1968), Shelton reviewed music, in particular folk music, but also pop and country music, becoming a good friend of many of the artists and extending his influence beyond the pages of the “Times”. His other work included writing the programs at the Newport Folk Festival. During the early 1960s, he co-edited magazine, „Hootenanny”. Shelton spent decades writing and rewriting his Dylan opus, No Direction Home, The Life and Music of Bob Dylan which was published in 1986. In 1982 Shelton moved to Brighton, England, where he wrote mostly about films for a number of publications up to the time of his death. Much of the collection of his early work has been donated to the University of Liverpool. |
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