To his horror, though, Woodstock also became a magnet for exactly the kind of people he was trying to avoid.
- from the excellent article at the Guardian on Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait period.
John Wesley Harding, as odd as it might sound, would like you to know his stance on Making Love to Bob Dylan.
You know you want Bob Dylan’s recipe for #FiggyPudding. Enjoy!
Is this Bob Dylan’s new album cover? It’s…
coming out on September 11 and produced by “Jack Frost.”
It does, however, feature an opening track called Duquesne Whistle (shout-out to my Pittsburghers).
“I Ain’t Got No Home” - Bob Dylan & The Band, Carnegie Hall, NYC, January 20, 1968
Since it’s Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday today, here’s his most famous acolyte paying tribute with a truly great cover. This performance sits very comfortably next to the contemporaneous Basement Tapes sessions.
Is this the guitar that changed music?
Two History Detectives dive into the provenance of a Fender Stratocaster that the owner claims was used by Bob Dylan at his legendary 1965 plugged-in performance at the Newport Folk Festival.
Be sure to tune in to the History Detectives season premiere on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET.
David Bianculli’s ticket from a Dylan/The Band concert on Jan 19th 1974.
MARCH 19, 1962: BOB DYLAN RELEASES FIRST ALBUM
Fifty years ago today, Bob Dylan released his first album, “Bob Dylan,” on Columbia Records.
Watch Dylan sing “The Times They Are a-Changin,” part of In Performance at the White House series from 2010.
When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted “termination rights,” which allow them to regain control of their work after 35 years, so long as they apply at least two years in advance. Recordings from 1978 are the first to fall under the purview of the law, but in a matter of months, hits from 1979, like “The Long Run” by the Eagles and “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer, will be in the same situation — and then, as the calendar advances, every other master recording once it reaches the 35-year mark.
—from a fascinating New York Times article about recent developments that will potentially enable artists to regain control of their master recordings…without the labels being involved.
This has the potential to seriously change the way the recording industry functions in the United States.
And if you think we see a lot of reissues now… look out! Mega selling artists such as Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles, Billy Joel, and Bob Dylan are some of the artists who may already be working towards regaining their masters that have made the labels lots of money over the years. Click here to read the full article.
BRIAN WILSON FILM DRAMATIZATION IN THE WORKS
The producer of Into The Wild and Fair Game has teamed up with a producer from ER and the pair have secured the rights to make a film based on Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s life story, according to this report in the L.A. Times. Interestingly, the screenwriter involved attached to write it was Oren Moverman, who wrote the peculiar hodgepodge homage to Bob Dylan that was the film I’m Not There.
What parts or timelines of Wilson’s story are to be part of the film isn’t decided just yet; it seems like the producers want it to be a personal story informed by the music. I wish them great success - there’s wide range of material to work with.
Paste has a great list of 14 Songs That Name-Check Bob Dylan, in honor of his 70th birthday. Click here.
Bob Dylan speaks on his website about the recent “controversy” about gigs (and alleged gigs) in China. It will fascinate you.
[Bob Dylan] told Pops, he said, “Pops, I want to marry Mavis.” Pops told him, “Don’t tell me, tell Mavis.” We courted for a while. We would write letters and talk on the phone. We were very happy when we would meet up because we would see each other at folk festivals. We were too young to travel to see each other. Anytime we’d see a folk festival where Dylan was going to be I knew I was going to see Bobby. I mean, Bobby was a cute little guy! He had curly hair and he was kind of cute. I was kind of cute myself, you know?
Mavis Staples, on her relationship with Bob Dylan.
Listen to the rest of our interview with Mavis.
I’m not sure I had any idea that Bob and Mavis had a relationship.
Suze Rotolo passed away.
You may not know her name, but you most likely know her picture - on the iconic cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. The Daily News has more here. She inspired a good number of his early songs - whether bitter or sweet. She was 67.
Fantastic article at The Onion’s AV CLUB analyzing three films in which “it sucks to be a rock star.” The films are Paul Simon’s One Trick Pony, Bob Dylan’s Masked and Anonymous, and Bette Midler’s The Rose.
Of these, I have only seen the Dylan film, and it is indeed a disjointed mess. Have seen one half of the other similar (and over 4 hours long) film he made, Renaldo and Clara, which apparently was some sort of improv film made during the Rolling Thunder tour, and I’m not sure which is is harder to get through. They’re both deliberately obtuse to the point of frustration. What’s amazing about each is that Bob was able to get spectacular talent to work with him on both projects.
The AC Club article has a lot more insight about the other two, and it’s still hard to figure out - as a general fan of movies about music (although this article is highlighting some uneven works), are either The Rose or One Trick Pony worth seeing?