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Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night

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After spending the past 50-plus years mining the traditional music of what Greil Marcus has termed “old, weird America," and expanding it into the contemporary worlds of folk, rock, country, gospel and other singular hybrids thereof, on Shadows in the Night Bob Dylan gives us his take on the Great American Songbook. Thankfully, Dylan doesn't jettison the weirdness for the trip, choosing (unlike so many other rock and pop stars) to interpret these standards in his own idiom; choosing, that ...

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The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

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Shorn of the overdubs and remixes that adorned the selected collection of tracks released in 1975 under the supervision of Robbie Robertson, the quick succession of thirty-eight cuts comprising The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 juxtaposes traditional songs, contemporary roots material and originals of greater or less significance to achieve a masterful recreation of the ambiance that must've arisen from those hallowed sessions Bob Dylan and the band conducted in Woodstock, NY in the summer of 1967. ...

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Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition

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A star-studded show celebrating the music of Bob Dylan, televised around the world thirty years after the release of his first Columbia recording, 1962's Bob Dylan, could have been seen as swan song; after all, Dylan was in a period of songwriting inactivity that would last from 1990 through to his potent reemergence with 1997's Time Out of Mind (Columbia) and a less prolific but still impressive period ever since. But at the time, nobody knew if Dylan the songwriter ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Larry "Ratso" Sloman: On the Road with Bob Dylan

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On the Road with Bob Dylan Larry “Ratso" Sloman 461 pages ISBN: 1400045967 Crown Publishing 1978 (2002) In the autumn of 1975 singer songwriter Bob Dylan assembled a group of musicians for a variety show tour and this caravan named Rolling Thunder Revue enlisted people like poet Allen Ginsberg, singers Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Arlo Guhrie, guitarists Mick Ronson, Robbie Robertson and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and many more. In October ...

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

Bob Dylan and The Band: Down in the Flood

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Bob Dylan and The BandDown in the Flood: Associations and CollaborationsChrome Dreams2012Unless the man himself and the remaining survivors of The Hawks reveal their recollections, the work and play in which Bob Dylan and the Band engaged in Woodstock New York late in 1966 and 1967 will forever be swathed in mystery. This despite the best efforts of the filmmakers who created Down in the Flood, covering (almost) exhaustively the cycle of ...

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Bob Dylan and the Band: Before the Flood

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Bob Dylan / The Band Before the Flood Reprise 1974 You walk into the room / With your pencil in your hand You see somebody naked / And you say, “who is that man?" Before the Flood was Bob Dylan's first live recording to be commercial released. It was recorded during Tour '74, Dylan's first full- fledged tour since 1966, when he hit the road with The Band, then the ...

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Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964

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Bob DylanThe Bootleg Recordings Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964Legacy2010 Like most of Bob Dylan's best work, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9 The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 is more than first meets the eye and ear. A collection of demo versions of new compositions meant to be circulated by Dylan's publishing company, this span of 47 songs is only one noteworthy aspect of the two CD collection. The informal, spontaneous ...

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Bob Dylan: The Bard Of Jazz

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Jazz and rock audiences, at their core, often expect two very different things when they attend a live performance. Jazz audiences thrive on the journey and in-the-moment magic that's created as a one-time-only occurrence, through a partially improvised art. Rock audiences, by and large, prefer to hear it like it sounds on the record. Jazz artists who play it safe at every performance don't usually earn respect from critics, fans and their peers, while rock artists who go out on ...



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