Thursday, October 16 2014
Ian Bell explores Dylan's unparalleled second act in a quintessentially American career. It's a tale of redemption, of an act of creative will against the odds, and of a writer who refused to fade away.
Sunday, October 5 2014
PopMatters' picks for the best albums of the 2000s begins with a series of albums that spans epic metal, ornate indie folk, and a terrifying work of electronic music.
Thursday, May 19 2011
Bob Dylan lurched toward his place onstage wearing a steel harmonica holder around his neck that made him look like a wild creature in harness, blinking at the floodlights, hunching his shoulders to adjust the guitar strap that held the Gibson Special acoustic high on his slender body.
Thursday, May 5 2011
Despite or even because of its jumble of missing pieces, half-finished recordings, garbled chronologies of composition or performance -- the basement tapes can begin to sound like a map; but if they are a map, what country, what lost mine, is it that they center and fix?
Thursday, December 23 2010
The year's best re-issues are highlighted by a trio of rock gods in the Stones, Lennon and Bowie as well as a bona fide American jazz genius and a bevy seminal '70s and '80s British bands.
Thursday, March 7 2013
While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?
Wednesday, June 22 2011
This is Bob Dylan as shifting text, not just layered like pages, back or front, or over-laid like a palimpsest, but cross-wise and motile as a termite.
Thursday, December 17 2009
The myths of unspoiled frontiers and the freedom of the open road, lives played out on the margins of society, attachment and detachment, wrestling matches with the ghosts of Samuel Beckett and Louis L’Amour…
Thursday, July 30 2009
Dylan’s beautifully simple ballad captures the paradoxical fear of and longing for death that is the hallmark of Wurlitzer’s narratives and what lurks at the heart of the human experience.
Monday, November 3 2014
This massive set works as an outlier in Dylan's Bootleg Series. It lets us see Dylan exploring his relationship with music.
Tuesday, August 26 2014
The Dylanologists doesn't give up any answers about Dylan, but it does ask the right questions of people, on the trail through Dylan's America.
Sunday, April 6 2014
If you're unfamiliar with Bob Dylan's work in the 1980s, this album is no place to start.
Thursday, August 29 2013
These songs don't tell us anything about Bob Dylan himself, but they do show us different sides of his persona and his songs.
Wednesday, October 3 2012
“Suddenly it seemed like there were no more folk musicians.”
Friday, October 17 2014
Well, I remember seein’ some ad so I turned on my Conelrad but I didn’t pay my Con Ed bill so the radio didn’t work so well. Turned on my record player—it was the 929th most acclaimed album of all time. Dylan's 1963 breakthrough is this week's Counterbalance.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.
Wednesday, June 12 2013
You're so vain but this song is about you.
Friday, March 16 2012
Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine. I’m on the pavement, thinking about Bob Dylan’s 1965 folk-rock breakthrough album. It’s the 73rd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time, and it’s this week’s Counterbalance.
Thursday, September 29 2011
An album is not an insulated document, but rather something that breathes and grows within an artist's discography. I challenge music fans to not simply find songs or albums that they like (though certainly that has a completely worthwhile place), but to find entire discographies (from acknowledged classics to forgotten albums) to grow with over time.
Monday, November 3 2014
Taken as a single seven-hour-plus narrative told in music, the recordings bear witness to the birth of a new Dylan, one for whom songs are restless creations that gain strength with each new interpretation.
Monday, April 9 2012
LOS ANGELES — A Brazilian production company has acquired the rights to Bob Dylan’s landmark 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks” for an English-language feature film,
Tuesday, January 24 2012
LOS ANGELES — Bob Dylan has been lauded so often as “the poet laureate of rock ‘n’ roll” that even the man himself, who for decades
Wednesday, June 1 2011
We may never get a precise explanation about why Dylan still suits up to play absurdly packed clubs and minor-league ballparks. The "how" he goes about it is a different story, and a reason to care about him still.
Thursday, December 2 2010
Though digital downloads are now the preferred format for many music listeners, you still can't beat the extras that come with a well-conceived box set.