Finally, Bob Dylan is ready to tell all. The tight-lipped rock legend, who was expected to open up and publish his memoirs in 2002, is finally bringing his autobiography to stores on Oct. 12, publisher Simon & Schuster announced on Tuesday. Called ''Chronicles: Volume One,'' it's the first volume in a projected three-book series. S&S says that the 304-page ''Volume One'' will consist of ''first-person narratives focusing on significant periods in Dylan's life and career,'' while the 1960s photographs that comprise the cover art suggest that the book will focus on Dylan's rise to fame and his seminal early music. Oct. 12 will also see Simon & Schuster's publication of ''Lyrics 1962-2001,'' a compendium of nearly every song lyric Dylan has ever written.
The publisher offered no explanation for the two-year delay, but Dylan's been kind of busy -- the 63-year-old's never-ending tour saw him sharing the stage with Willie Nelson this summer on a road trip through America's ballparks. No word on when the other two volumes of ''Chronicles'' are due, but Dylan tends to take his time between books; his last major authorial effort, the poetry collection ''Tarantula,'' was published in 1971.