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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob Dylan: More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14

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The challenge of finding something original to say about Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks (1975), the mother of all comeback albums, baffles even the most steely-eyed critic. But Sony has made the task easier with More Blood, More Tracks, the unfortunately titled, overpriced, but nonetheless revelatory fourteenth entry in the Bootleg Series. The six-disc Deluxe Edition contains all extant tracks for the album, recorded in 1974 over four September days in New York and two late December days in ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge - 50 Years of Defining Culture

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Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge: 50 Years of Defining Culture Shout Factory 2018 In its two DVD's, six-chapters and four hours-plus total running time (which might well have been twice that length to be truly comprehensive_, Stories From the Edge ostensibly (and fitfully) covers history also laid out in the coffee table book 50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics And People That Shaped Our Culture (Harry N. Abrams, 2017) and, to a slightly ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More

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Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More Glenn Berger 4569 (Kindle) Pages ISBN: # 9781943156108 e: Schaffner Press 2016 “Never Say No to a Rock Star" is Glen Berger's lively account of his experiences participating in the production of some of the most successful recordings in recent popular music. A fascinating fly-on-the-studio-wall depiction, it covers his apprenticeship under hit-maker Phil Ramone at A+R ...

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Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981

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As Bob Dylan is pictured on the front cover of his latest archive release, Trouble No More, aviator shades glinting in the spotlight with his arms akimbo over the Fender guitar strapped over his shoulder, he doesn't appear all that much different than the wildly combative folk-rocker of the mid-Sixties on which much of his legend is founded. And, at least at a glance or a cursory listen to this archive release, he isn't, contrary to the (mis)impressions of his ...

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Bob Dylan: Triplicate

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If Bob Dylan's Triplicate, the thirty-eighth studio album of his fifty-year plus career, proves anything, it's that he's very serious about his exploration of the Great American Songbook. Not only is this his third straight studio recording devoted to such material, he deigned to be interviewed close to the March 31 2017 release of the recordings (spending more than a little time on the subject) and, on the current leg of his touring schedule, devotes at least a handful of ...

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Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition

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Bob Dylan No Direction Home: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition Capitol Records 2016 As originally released a decade ago, Martin Scorcese's Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home is so deeply illuminating it really bears no revisionism that would improve it, at least on its own terms. In turns exhilarating and chilling, particularly in the final scene where the subject of the film appears the embodiment of infinite fatigue, the vaunted filmmaker's comprehensive depiction of the Nobel ...

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"…that wild mercury sound." The Significance of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

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During high school and college, I got interested in the Nobel Prizes. At the time, I was not interest in all of them: only the prize for Literature. I have been a reading geek as long as I have been a music geek and I have always mixed the two passions liberally. In the early 20th Century, the United States produced several Nobel Laurates: Sinclair Lewis (1930), Eugene O'Neill (1936), Pearl Buck (1938), T.S. Eliot (1948), William Faulkner (1949), Ernest ...

INTERVIEWS

Daniel Kramer: Bob Dylan, In Pictures

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Photography may not bring back what has long gone, but for many, it can provide a passage to explore important happenings or moments from people's personal histories. A simple photograph can encapsulate deep-rooted emotions and memories of people, events and times that have long gone. Photographer Daniel Kramer's photographs of singer and songwriter Bob Dylan taken over a period of one year in the mid-'60s immortalize the unique energy and the times of this greatest of poets. Kramer's inimitable lens ...

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Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day

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Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day Daniel Kramer 288 Pages ISBN: 978-3-8365-4760-4 Taschen 2016 There is an intangible but powerful relationship between music and photography that can't be explained adequately with words. Music has often sought some form of association with the world of visual arts as often photographs can tell a story more articulately and can convey more meaning. Or they can convey more mystery. It is as if the grains ...

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Bob Dylan: Bootleg Series Volume 12, The Cutting Edge

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The Bob Dylan's ongoing bootleg series have proven to be a real treasure trove for fans of this renowned singer and songwriter. Not even his most optimistic and devoted fans could have foreseen the breadth and depth of his past catalog which so far has brought to the light things buried deep in the vaults. After all, Dylan is the second most bootlegged artist after Grateful Dead and obviously for a good reason. Thanks to the ongoing multi-disc box set ...