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Thursday, May 19 2011

The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait

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

The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes

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 Best 20 Re-Issues of 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, October 7 2010

Bob Dylan in America

Over Coppertone-slicked bodies on Santa Monica Beach and out of secluded make-out spots and shopping-center parking lots and everywhere else American teenagers gathered that summer, it seemed that the ba-de-de-bum-de-bum announcing Dylan’s hit about getting stoned was blaring from car radios and transistor radios.


Wednesday, May 12 2010

Afterword: Rhymes of a Rolling Stone

Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is a superb work of theater, a classic, albeit cryptic, tale of triumph over adversity.


Columns

Thursday, March 7 2013

Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War

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

Dylan As Text, Sub-Text, Ur-Text in 'Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown'

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 Big Nowhere: Rudy Wurlitzer's Rediscovered Trilogy and Bob Dylan Revisited

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

Rudy Wurlitzer, Bob Dylan, Bloody Sam, and the Jornado del Muerto

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.


Reviews

Sunday, April 6 2014

Various Artists: Bob Dylan in the '80s: Volume One

If you're unfamiliar with Bob Dylan's work in the 1980s, this album is no place to start.


Thursday, August 29 2013

Bob Dylan: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): Bootleg Series Vol. 10

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

'Bob Dylan and The Band: Down in the Flood': Oh, What a Time We All Had

“Suddenly it seemed like there were no more folk musicians.”


Sunday, September 9 2012

Bob Dylan: Tempest

Dylan is once again trading in a sort of musical nostalgia his snarling younger self might have scoffed at, but this great set is more playful and expansive than some of its predecessors.


Sunday, May 6 2012

Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)

Fifteen covers performed with as fine a sense of group interplay as you’ll find outside the jazz world.


Bob Dylan: DYLAN [17.Oct.07]

Blogs

Wednesday, February 12 2014

Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

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

The Top Eight Songs About Other Famous People

You're so vain but this song is about you.


Friday, March 16 2012

Counterbalance No. 73: Bob Dylan’s 'Bringing It All Back Home'

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

Musical Auteurism: Recognizing Genius

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.


Wednesday, July 27 2011

Tracks They'll Be Talking About: 5 Divisive Songs on Great Albums

Bon Iver's "Beth/Rest" is just the latest song that beguiles as many fans as it detracts.


Bob Dylan - The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (Consuming Consumables) [13.Dec.10]
Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings (Consuming Consumables) [19.Nov.10]
"Like a Rolling Stone" Revisited (Sound Affects) [6.Oct.10]
Just Say No to Dylan (Sound Affects) [4.May.09]

News

Monday, April 9 2012

Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ as a film? 10 albums seeking scripts

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

Bob Dylan tribute album raises funds for Amnesty International

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

Bob Dylan never stops experimenting

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.


Friday, December 3 2010

Top box sets 2010: From Bowie to Beatles' Apple reissues

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.


Thursday, August 26 2010

Columbia to release Bob Dylan's early demo recordings

Columbia Records is wrapping up a trove of early Bob Dylan recordings that will surface in time for the holidays, among them 47 early demo recordings


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