Bob Dylan

Showtime’s ‘Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued’ Might as Well Be Called ‘The Real World: Dylan Disciples’

It’s almost always a joy, at least for this longtime Dylan fan, to watch other artists interpret the Bard of Hibbing. Many of the tribute albums, the concerts, the film soundtracks (amidst pleasant straight-ahead covers) inevitably feature artists creatively mining Dylan’s back catalog, as Joan Baez did with “Love Is Just a Four Letter Word,” or reinterpreting the canon in the spirit of Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower.” The resultant tracks veer close to magic. … Read More

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‘Basement Tapes’ Syllabus: An Essential Bob Dylan Reading List

If you’re seeing more Bob Dylan than usual on your reader or social media of choice, it’s not by accident; we just saw the release of The Basement Tapes Complete, the 11th volume of his official “bootleg series,” and one of the most legendary recordings to bear that stamp. But this six-disc, 139-track epic might be a little overwhelming if you’re a Dylan neophyte, or even just a casual admirer. So as a public service, we’ve assembled a syllabus of required Dylan-inspired reading, with links to those available online for your immediate perusal. … Read More

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Secrets For Sale: Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’ Maintain Their Mystery Despite Complete Release

Press embargoes are silly and square, doubly so when the content is music that has been widely circulated for over 40 years and would have continued to find new audiences without any external help. Since Bob Dylan’s 1967 home recordings began to leak two summers later, The Basement Tapes have been a secret that nobody could keep, and as of last week, constitute a six-CD, 139-song collection that anybody can… Read More

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Watch: Four Music Videos Feat. Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and More Released from Showtime Doc About Long-Lost Dylan Songs

“Kansas City,” “Down On The Bottom,” “Diamond Ring” and “Hidee Hidee Ho #16” are all songs whose lyrics were… Read More

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10 Albums You Need to Hear in November

While this month may be a dead zone for big pop albums (way to delay The Pinkprint, Nicki), classic rock and indie rock dominates November with a number of marquee releases. Dylan’s Basement Tapes finally go fully legit with a comprehensive box set; Pink Floyd offers up its final album ever, six years after keyboardist Richard Wright passed; and Bryan Ferry ditches the Jazz Age in favor of his usual crooner rock. Meanwhile, TV on the Radio returns triumphantly, Deerhoof make their best album in years, and Ariel Pink, uh, still exists. Also this month: Mary J. Blige and Jeremih play with the mainstream R&B format, Foo Fighters pay tribute to American musical traditions in tasteful ways, Arca changes the landscape of electronic production with his debut, and Chumped prove to be one of pop-punk’s most promising young… Read More

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Today’s Bill Murray Singalong: Watch the Actor’s Take on Bob Dylan in ‘St. Vincent’

If you have a thing either for Bill Murray, Bob Dylan or any other deadpan-poetic Daddy, you’ll find a newly-released clip… Read More

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The 45 Greatest Concert Movies of All Time

Forty-five years ago today, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair got underway at Yasgur’s Farm in upstate New York, kicking off a weekend of music and memories for 400,000 attendees and four-and-a-half decades of wistful Boomer nostalgia. (More on that next week.) It also resulted in 1970’s Woodstock, one of the most influential and perhaps the greatest of all concert movies — so in honor of the festival’s 45th anniversary, we rounded up the 45 best examples of the… Read More

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Beyond ‘Just Kids': A Pocket Guide to Patti Smith’s Non-Fiction

New York Times readers might have noted with interest the byline on the paper’s review of Haruki Murakami’s new book — it was written by none other than Patti Smith. This is perhaps not as surprising as it might first appear, because Smith hasn’t been averse to issuing an opinion over the years, and she’s written non-fiction throughout her career, most notably in the 1970s. Her writings have covered a fascinating range of subject matter. If you’re interested in delving further into her criticism, there’s an essential reading list just one click… Read More

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