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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 was finished. In fact, nobody even knew if Dylan was going to show up to his own party at New ...

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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 1975, soon after completing Desire, (Columbia, 1976) Dylan held rehearsals for a supporting tour that had been envisioned by Dylan ...

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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 the seasons spanning that now legendary time in the Catskill retreat through interviews with musicians and musicologists including The Long ...

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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 Hawks, for a comprehensive world tour that took place between the releases of Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia, 1965) and Blonde ...

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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 atmosphere in which these numbers were recorded may have set the tone for Dylan's recording career in the studio. The ...

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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 a limb often end up alienating a segment of their fan base. Bob Dylan is one such artist.

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Bob Dylan at The Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont

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The Bob Dylan Show Champlain Valley Expo Essex Junction, Vermont July 17, 2009

Bob Dylan had a lot to prove at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds on July 17th following Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. Both ingratiated themselves to the brave audience fighting the elements, the former with understated charm and the latter with histrionics that detracted from his band. Dylan, as is his wont, let his music speak for him almost exclusively, and it resonated clearly and authoritatively through the steady rain that came with the darkness.

Dylan's only spoken words during his hour ...

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Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

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There is no overstating how important a Bob Dylan record is, old or new. His records don't just document the times we live in, they are made of life itself. That his music and reputation have survived decades speaks volumes about his gifts. Dylan's lyrics have been the subject of university literature courses and countless scholarly discourses; they have rich meaning; they challenge conventional wisdom; and are fierce in their enduring vitality. They run wide and deep--emotions unconditionally preserved in song. Dylan's thirty-third studio record, Together Through Life, is one of his straight masterworks. What more appropriate title ...

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Bob Dylan: Together Through Life

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Bob Dylan Together Through Life Columbia 2009

Let's put it out here right up front and not pussyfoot around: Together Through Life is one of the finest discs in singer/guitarist Bob Dylan's 40-plus album discography. It's up there with other benchmark Columbia releases like the groundbreaking Highway 61 Revisited (1965), Blonde On Blonde (1966), John Wesley Harding(1967), the underrated New Morning (1970), Blood On The Tracks (1975)--together comprising Dylan's early burst of genius--and more recently, Time Out Of Mind (1997), Love and Theft (2001), and now Together Through Life.Good arguments ...

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Bob Dylan: No Direction Home & Live at the Gaslight 1962

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Bob Dylan No Direction Home Legacy Music 2005

No Direction Home, like so many Bob Dylan projects, is more than meets the eye and ear. In both the compact disc and DVD configurations, each comprised of two-discs, the music and the presentation itself will challenge your preconceptions, perceptions and recollections of the bard from the North Country.

The audio package, subtitled “Bootleg Series Vol. 7 is the latest in Dylan's sly attempt to provide what for other artists would be posthumous chronicling of his art while he is still alive. With all ...

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Bob Dylan: A New Trip - Dylan Sings Jazz!

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A few months back, Bob Dylan was relaxing in his hotel room in Toronto. He leaned back in his chair and said, “Man, I have been waiting to make a jazz record for a long time." He took a drag from his cigarette, peered from behind his wraparound shades, sighed and went on, “Yeah, all these years the record company execs thought I could not sing jazz. Now they know!"

Indeed. Dylan has picked up quite a band. He explains, “The spectrum of sound is inviolate (man, that's one word, not two) and so I sought diversity in ...



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