Bob Dylan pays tribute to The Band

July 26, 2013

Bob Dylan and The Band go back a long time having made great music together during several important periods of their careers.

From Dylan’s current US tour, a rare but wonderful performance of their most famous song, The Weight.

Bob Dylan to be awarded France’s Legion d’Honneur

June 9, 2013

American singer Bob Dylan may soon be awarded France’s highest distinction, the Legion d’Honneur, after his nomination was reportedly first tossed out over his marijuana use and opposition to the Vietnam War.

The green light given by the Legion d’Honneur’s council means France’s minister of culture may soon decorate Dylan – a symbol of 1960s counterculture – with the five-pointed star of the top “Chevalier” order.

He would join the ranks of singers such as Britain’s Paul McCartney and France’s Charles Aznavour to be so honored.

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Rare Bob Dylan Outtakes Released in Europe

January 8, 2013

Rare Bob Dylan Outtakes Released in Europe

Did Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature?

October 9, 2011

If poets are legitimate winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature award than Dylan certainly qualifies.

Dylan should not be pigeonholed as a song writer. His brilliant body of work is a testament to the great literary contributions that he’s made.

Dylan is a poet.

If a Nobel Prize case had to be made there are many songs or rather, poems written by Dylan that exemplify his poetic gifts.

A few that come to mind:

Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Chimes Of Freedom, Mr. Tambourine Man, Forever Young, I Shall Be Released, Tangled Up in Blue, Every Grain Of Sand, Dark Eyes, Jokerman.

Then there’s the enormous impact his poetry has had on music and the deep influence its had on other artists.

Dylan’s literary achievements are on the same level as those of any novelist or poet that’s ever won the Nobel Prize.

I think that he would definitely be a worthy recipient of the award.

It may not have happened this year but the time has come for Bob Dylan and his art to be recognized by the Nobel committee.

Did Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature?

The music legend was pegged by many as a favorite to win — but in the end, the harmonica-toting wordsmith lost out to Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer

The idea of lyrics-as-literature has been gaining support, and would have received a major boost had Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature.

The idea of lyrics-as-literature has been gaining support, and would have received a major boost had Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature.

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan? As of late Wednesday night, it looked like that might just be the case, with British gamblers pegging the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as an odds-on favorite to be awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature. Alas, the odds-they-were-a-changin’, as the Nobel committee announced early Thursday morning that Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer is this year’s recipient of the prestigious award.

The prospect of Dylan’s winning had many excited with the hope that it would “lend major credibility to the idea of song lyrics as literature.” Others are relieved he didn’t win, dismissing the whole thing as a PR stunt. Should Dylan have been honored?

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Meet Pablo, Bob Dylan’s rapper grandson

July 22, 2011

Pablo Dylan, Bob Dylan’s Grandson, Rapping and Producing; Works with Young Money
By Jake Crates

(AllHipHop News) Hip-Hop has again proven it has no bounds with respect to its growth and participation, as recently, Pablo Dylan, Bob Dylan’s grandson, broke onto the Hip-Hop scene with a mixtape where he produces and raps on the project.

Bob Dylan known for the political and social messages in his music, is widely regarded as the voice of the rock, folk, and hippie generation of the 1960s.

“I mean, really, my grandfather, I consider him the Jay-Z of his time, and he definitely has a legacy that a lot of people look up to,” Pablo Dylan told in an exclusive interview. “He feels strongly about my music and I love him to death.”

Pablo is the son of the famous folk singer’s son, Jesse, famous for having directed music videos for Tom Petty and Lenny Kravitz, and for having directed the Will.I.Am music video for “Yes We Can,” inspired by President Barack Obama’s historic run in 2008.

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Pitchfork’s 60 Favorite Music Books

July 12, 2011

A completely arbitrary list as these sort of lists tend to be but it is always fun to look over as well.

There are some excellent picks.

For me, the Miles Davis autobiography and Bob Dylan’s Chronicles are at the top. The Marvin Gaye bio, When Reggae Was King, Jazz After 1958 and the Alternative History of American Popular Music are all books that I’ve read and highly recommend.

There is lots of insight on these brilliant artists and the rich history of these musical genres that is fascinating and a great joy to read.

I didn’t really care for most of the other books on the list but you may very well discover and like some of the other music books.

Reading about great music is the next best thing to listening to it.

Words and Music: Our 60 Favorite Music Books

There’s something especially daunting about preparing a feature on music books. There’s so much ground to cover in terms of time (a century-plus of popular experimental music), space (there’s writing on music from all over the world), sound (any genre is conceivably fair game), and format (biography, record guide, critical study, anthology, memoir).

So the idea of saying that any 25 or 50 or 100 music books are the “best” seems ridiculous. So this is not that sort of list. Instead, it’s a list of 60 music-related books that explore the depth and breadth of our collective obsessions. There’s no shortage of writing about music– or ways to write about it– and this is not a definitive be-all-end-all list as much as a starting point.

All of these works lead to other worthy titles, undiscovered albums, and new ways of thinking about the sounds flowing into our headphones on a daily basis.

There are chronicles of remarkable individual talents like Miles Davis, Neil Young, and Marvin Gaye, as well as histories of scenes and phenomena– the American 1980s indie rock underground, 90s rave culture– that had musicians and fans banding together toward a common goal or sound.

There are also more offbeat and untold stories, like Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle’s Black Sabbath-themed anti-coming-of-age novella Master of Reality or Dave Tompkins’ virtuosic recent history of the vocoder, How to Wreck a Nice Beach. And contextualizing criticism from originators Greil Marcus, Lester Bangs, Richard Meltzer, and Ellen Willis. (The great Robert Christgau is not included on this list because we feel his invaluable, 40-plus-year archive of album reviews and essays are best experienced through his highly searchable website.)

Read on and then go to your local bookstore or library and read some more.

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Picture of the Day

July 1, 2011

Patti Smith record shopping, making a very good selection that day, in my favorite record store in NYC, Subterranean Records, located on Cornelia street right off of West 4th.

Even though it was a small store it carried lots of great music.

Being a Bob Dylan fan, as the store owner was, I really loved their extensive range of Dylan bootlegs. They always had his NYC shows in stock just days, or perhaps hours, after the concerts ended. The store also had a nice assortment of Dylan magazines. That’s where I always bought ISIS magazine.

Through the years I bought lots of great soul music from the 60’s & 70’s, impossbile to find blues albums, and it is where I first listened to Television’s Marquee Moon. The store made it well known to all customers that Marquee Moon was the greatest album ever made.

I was really crushed when I found out that the store went out of business and closed forever.

In this day and age of ITunes and digital music reigning supreme over the music business, small, independent record stores like Subterranean Records stand tall.

The fantastic music buying experience of such stores, where one can get hard to find albums, all kinds of imports, and discover great music, new and old, for the first time.

Where one can spend hours talking music with the store employees and customers.

Whenever Dylan performed in NYC, it was virtually a ritual to hang out in Subterranean Records to talk about his latest local shows, the playlists and of course, talk about which bootlegs of those shows were worth buying.

When I saw the picture of Patti Smith shopping in Subterranean Records, she was a frequent customer, it brought back so many memories of the times I spent in the store. All the great music I bought and was introduced to. The excitement of talking music with fellow music lovers. All of those things were a joyful, blissful, one of a kind experience.

All I can say is many, many, thanks to Subterranean Records for being the music paradise it was for me and lots of other people.