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ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Dylan: Rough And Rowdy Ways

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Bob Dylan's Rough And Rowdy Ways is a uniformly excellent piece of work. On these ten new original songs, the Nobel Laureate blends folk, blues and country music with just the slightest dash of gospel and, accompanied with sensitivity by his touring band (plus a few additional musicians including Blake Mills and Fiona Apple), the seamless sound makes this thirty-ninth Dylan studio album superior to both of the other standouts of recent years, Time Out Of Mind (Columbia, 1997) and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Dylan: The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings

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In contrast to most of the massive archival projects exhumed from Bob Dylan's vault, The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings is not accompanied by a smaller, condensed package of similar content. But that only makes sense: the third installment of The Bootleg Series was issued in 2002 in the form of a two-cd set devoted to a cross-section of such content. Preserving the rarity of that now discontinued release, every one of those very same recordings reappears in ...

BOOK REVIEW

Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob

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Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob Mary Lee Kortes 160 Pages ISBN: #978-1947026179 BMG Books 2018 Considering the subject of Mary Lee Kortes' Dreaming of Dylan, it may sound implausible to suggest the cover reminds of nothing so much as books of Shel Silverstein such as The Giving Tree (Harper & Row, 1964). But that implicit connection, intentional or not, is wholly appropriate: all three writers invoke the whimsical side of their ...

ALBUM 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 ...

FILM REVIEW

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 REVIEW

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 ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

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

Read "Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981" reviewed by Doug Collette

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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