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Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Volume 21: To Be Likened Later, Spring 65: The Forgotten Gil Evans Sessions

Read "The Bootleg Series Volume 21: To Be Likened Later, Spring 65: The Forgotten Gil Evans Sessions" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Veteran producer Tom Wilson was never a man known to shun aside inspiration. Prior to finding himself at the eye of the Bob Dylan hurricane, Wilson had not only founded Transition Records, but gave the world Sun Ra's unruly, post-bop big band debut Jazz by Sun Ra (Transition, 1957), Cecil Taylor's defiant and quixotic Jazz Advance (Transition, 1957) and Donald Byrd's initial live set By rd Jazz (Transition, 1955) So when Wilson, in a bar on a break ...

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Book Review

Bob Dylan: Mixing Up The Medicine - Treasures From the Bob Dylan Center

Read "Bob Dylan: Mixing Up The Medicine - Treasures From the Bob Dylan Center" reviewed by Doug Collette


Bob Dylan: Mixing Up The Medicine Mark Davidson and Parker Fishel 608 pages ISBN: # 978-1734537796 Callaway Arts & Entertainment2023 There have been more than a few books written about Bob Dylan during the course of his sixty-plus years in the public spotlight, but perhaps none is so dense as Mark Davidson and Parker Fishel's Mixing Up the Medicine. Granted, the Nobel Laureate's own tome, The Philosophy of Modern Song (Simon & Shuster, ...

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Album Review

Bob Dylan: Fragments - Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17

Read "Fragments - Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Dylanologists of every stripe and level of Dylanalia had it partly right when Bob Dylan released Time Out Of Mind (Columbia) in mid-September 1997. “Great album!" They/we/us all screamed. “Great songs!" “Dylan's best since the totemic Blood On the Tracks!" (Columbia, 1975) “Mid-career masterwork!" “The Bard's New Relevance!" If you weren't there the first time it really was a Category 5 idiot wind of biblical proportion. In the chalk dust arena of popular punditry, the second enfant ...

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Bob Dylan: The Philosophy of Modern Song

Read "Bob Dylan: The Philosophy of Modern Song" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Philosophy of Modern Song Bob Dylan 352 Pages ISBN: # 978-1451648706 Simon & Schuster 2022 Bob Dylan's The Philosophy of Modern Song is a labor of love by a music lover of unremitting passion. As such, it is hard to put it down once the reading commences, if for no other reason than proceeding through the sixty-some essays provides a rush similar to that of poring through Jack Kerouac's On The ...

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Bob Dylan: Springtime in New York 1980-1985: The Bootleg Series, Volume 16 (5CD)

Read "Springtime in New York 1980-1985: The Bootleg Series, Volume 16 (5CD)" reviewed by Doug Collette


Generally speaking, revelations abound within the various installments of The Bootleg Series, Bob Dylan's ongoing archive initiative, and Volume 16 is no exception. But in listening to Springtime in New York, 1980- 1985, the epiphanies come in slow bursts, flashing over the course of the five CDs to generate a cumulative momentum that reaches a flash-point with the content taken from the much-maligned Empire Burlesque (Columbia, 1985). And that outcome in itself is a truly Dylanesque curve ball: pre-release anticipation ...

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Book Review

Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels

Read "Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels" reviewed by Doug Collette


Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels Terry Gans 256 pages ISBN: # ISBN-13 : 978-1912733392 Red Planet Books 2020 Terry Gans' Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels is an in-depth examination of Bob Dylan's Infidels (Columbia, 1983) album, the title of the book taken from the original name for the album. The author covers the gestation of the record all the way from the Nobel ...

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2020 and Me

Read "2020 and Me" reviewed by Skip Heller


As I type this, it is December 8, 2020, the fortieth anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I was then a newly-minted barband guitarist, fifteen years old and thinking how the world —via the election of Ronald Reagan —and music had just suffered the worst season that could ever be. 2020 has been an ongoing parade of American horrors. No matter what city you're in, the town is paused. I live in Hollywood, three blocks from the former site ...


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