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Bob Dylan's Drawn Blank series 2010: New portfolio of signed, limited edition graphics

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Michel Montecrossa's 'Michel & Bob Dylan Fest 2010' Released as Double Album

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Gauting, Bavaria, Germany, 05/24/2010 - Mira Sound Germany releases Michel Montecrossa's 'Michel & Bob Dylan Fest 2010' as Double Audio-CD and DVD containing 32 tracks.

The Together Climate Change Concert, released by Mira Sound Germany as double Audio-CD and DVD is Michel Montecrossas outstanding concert for the Michel & Bob Dylan Fest 2010.

Performed in the Omnidiet Music-Hall the concert presents 32 songs including Michel Montecrossas title song Together and great songs like Joy & Future, Feelin Good, Name Of The Game and In All There Is One Meaning.

Michel Montecrossas Bob Dylan program includes killer-versions of Beyond Here Lies Nothin, Its All Good and rarities like Long Time Gone.
Michel Montecrossas Together Climate Change Concert features his performances of all songs included in Bob Dylans album Together Through Life and is available via the Mirapuri-Shop, iTunes and various other Online-Stores.

About Together Michel Montecrossa says "Together things go better."
Michel Montecrossa Songs:
Together; What A Night, What A Day; The Woman; Chainless Girl; Steppin In; Joy & Future; Soul & Future; Eternal Woman; Love Unites; Courage & Love; Feelin Good; Met You In Paradise; The Day Is Comin; Green Tomorrow; Love Is Sweet, Love Is Cool; Happy Future; Name Of The Game; In All There Is One Meaning

Bob Dylan Songs:
Beyond Here Lies Nothin; Life Is Hard; My Wifes Home Town; If You Ever Go To Houston; Forgetful Heart; Jolene; This Dream Of You; Shake Shake Mama; I Feel A Change Coming On; Its All Good; Like A Rolling Stone; Born In Time; Long Ago, Far Away; Long Time Gone

The Songs, Disc One: Together, Beyond Here Lies Nothin, What A Night, What A Day, Life Is Hard, The Woman, My Wifes Home Town, Chainless Girl, If You Ever Go To Houston, Steppin In, Forgetful Heart, Joy & Future, Jolene, Soul & Future, This Dream Of You, Eternal Woman, Shake Shake Mama

The Songs, Disc Two: Love Unites, I Feel A Change Coming On, Courage & Love, Its All Good, Feelin Good, Like A Rolling Stone, Met You In Paradise, Born In Time, The Day Is Comin, Long Ago, Far Away, Green Tomorrow, Long Time Gone, Love Is Sweet, Love Is Cool, Happy Future, Name Of The Game, In All There Is One Meaning

Michel Montecrossa's video and performance of Bob Dylan's song 'The Groom's Still Waiting At the Altar', now available via the Filmaur Multimedia Youtube Channel further completes the 'Michel Montecrossa sings Bob Dylan' series.


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69 Things You Didnt Know About Bob Dylan

12:31 pm Monday May 24, 2010 by Margaret Eby

On this day in 1941 at 9:05 p.m., little Bobby Zimmerman a.k.a. His Dylanness was born. Earn your degree in Dylanology with our primer on unexpected Bobster trivia, featuring one fact for each of his 69 years, after the jump. Dont think twice!

1. Before he renamed himself Bob Dylan, Robert Allen Zimmerman briefly went by Elston Gunn.

2. Dylans father, Abe, was a semi-professional baseball player before he contracted polio in his early twenties.

3. According to Bob Spitz, author of The Beatles: The Biography, it was Dylan who first introduced the Fab Four to marijuana.

4. The phrase next to Robert Zimmermans picture in the 1959 Hibbing High School Yearbook was To join Little Richard.

5. Dylans first professional recording was as a harmonica player at a Harry Belafonte session.

6. His great-grandfather and uncles owned the biggest movie theaters in Hibbing, Minnesota, allowing a young Dylan to watch films for free.

7. After seeing Rebel Without a Cause, Dylan became obsessed with James Dean.

8. In 10th grade, Dylan and his back-up band were rejected from a high school talent show because the student council judged his performance at the audition too shocking.

9. Before he flunked out of the University of Minnesota, Dylan pledged to the fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu.

10. In college, Dylan was known for scamming his friends out of cigarettes and articles of clothing.

11. In 1960, Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers tried to get the manager of a Denver club to kick Dylan off the bill, complaining that his voice was awful.

12. During his days in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, Dylan became a chess fiend.

13. When Dylan met girlfriend Suze Rotolos mother, Mary, he lied and told her that he had a degenerative eye disease that would eventually lead him to go blind, earning him Marys eternal distrust.

14. Bob Dylan appeared with Joni Mitchell on the first episode of The Johnny Cash Show.

15. When he was first signed to Columbia Rcords, Dylan conned his way out of a stipulation that required his parents to sign (at 20, Dylan was considered a minor at the time) by convincing John Hammond that he was an orphan.

16. Suze Rotolos pet names for Dylan were the Pig and RAZ.

17. When a CBS censor informed him that he couldnt play Talkin John Birch Paranoid Blues on The Ed Sullivan Show, Dylan refused to go on.

18. Dylans first major appearance on American television was on The Steve Allen Show in 1964. When Dylan announced that he was playing the song Hattie Caroll, only one audience member clapped in recognition.

19. In 2004, Dylan earned an honorary doctorate in music from the University of St. Andrews.

20. The only other honorary degree Dylan has accepted was in 1970 from Princeton.

21. Last year, Dylan was detained by the police in New Jersey after a homeowner spotted him wandering around a residential block in the rain.

22. During Dylans 1965 tour of England, reporters swarmed the singer at Heathrow. They were so entranced by Dylan that Lena Horne, then an enormous British celebrity, passed by the gaggle of photographers unnoticed.

23. The first time Donovan and Bob Dylan met, Dylan and his entourage all wore Halloween masks.

24. Dylans first draft of Like a Rolling Stone was six pages long.

25. His first wife, Sara Lownds, worked as a Playboy bunny.

26. One night at Maxs Kansas City, Dylan and his road manager, Bob Neuwirth, insulted The Rolling Stones Brian Jones until Jones broke down in tears.

27. Dylan struck up a short-lived friendship with Tiny Tim, who Dylan recorded singing Like a Rolling Stone while strumming the ukulele.

28. He appeared in the 1973 Sam Peckinpah film Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid as a drifter named Alias.

29. Kris Kristofferson was the custodian at the studio where Dylan recorded Nashville Skyline.

30. Aside from song-writing, Dylan is also a prolific painter. The cover of his 1970 Self Portrait is his own painting.

31. After his friend Phil Ochs died, Dylan took to polishing off a fifth of bourbon a day.

32. Pauline Kael called Dylans film Renaldo & Clara what Louis and Marie Antoinette might have done at Versailles if only theyd had the cameras.

33. According to Nico, Edie Sedgwick was the subject of Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat.

34. From around 1960 to 1964, Dylans preferred intoxicants were pot and Beaujolais.

35. After Dylans 1966 motorcycle accident, Allen Ginsberg brought him a box full of books to aid his recovery.

36. In the summer of 1970, Dylan was briefly involved in the production of a musical version of The Devil and Daniel Webster with poet Archibald MacLeish but backed out when he and MacLeish didnt see eye to eye.

37. At John Prines second gig outside of Chicago ever, Dylan showed up to play backup harmonica.

38. The original title of Planet Waves was Ceremonies of the Horsemen.

39. The first words Dylan spoke to playwright Sam Shepard, who Dylan had hired to write scenes for the movie Eat the Document, were We dont have to make any connections. None of this has to connect.

40. Shepard and Dylan cowrote a 12-minute song called Brownsville Girl based on the Gregory Peck film The Gunfighter. Dylan has only played it in concert once.

41. After Elvis died, Dylan didnt speak to anyone for a week.

42. In 1978, Dylan took a three-month course at the Vineyard School of Discipleship as part of his conversion to born-again Christianity.

43. An offhand comment Dylan made at Live Aid inspired Willie Nelson to organize Farm Aid.

44. During his satellite radio hour, Bob Dylan covered a verse of LL Cool Js Mama Said Knock You Out.

45. Dylan toured with the Grateful Dead for six shows in 1987.

46. Bruce Springsteen inducted Bob Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

47. The Traveling Wilburys started when Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, and Jeff Lynne recorded a Harrison B-side called Handle with Care at Dylans house in Malibu.

48. The Pulitzer Prize committee gave Dylan a special citation in 2008 for lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.

49. In 2001, Dylan received an Academy Award for his song Times Have Changed, featured in the film Wonder Boys. According to rumor, Dylan often props his Oscar up on the speakers when hes playing.

50. Since 1988, as part of his Never-Ending Tour, Bob Dylan has played at least 100 concerts per year.

51. Dylan starred in a 1987 box-office flop Hearts on Fire as a rock star turned farmer.

52. When Dylan performed for Pope John Paul II in 1997, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (the current Pope Benedict), tried to stop Dylan from playing.

53. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35″ was recorded in one take.

54. Joni Mitchell recently revealed a giant grudge against Dylan.

55. In 1999, Dylan appeared on an episode of Dharma & Greg.

56. Seinfeld veteran Larry Charles directed Dylans 2003 film Masked & Anonymous.

57. Dylan has played shows in supported of the ultra-Orthodox Lubavitcher sect of Judaism.

58. During a cross-country trip in 1964, Dylan showed up at Carl Sandburgs doorstep and handed the poet a copy of The Times They Are A-Changin.

59. At the release party for Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylans table included guests Bette Midler and David Bowie.

60. Dylans experimental novel, Tarantula, was published in 1971.

61. When he was in high school, his standard order at the local luncheonette was cherry pie á la mode.

62. Patti Smith and Dylan toured together briefly in 1995.

63. He also appeared in a 2004 Victorias Secret commercial.

64. Weird Al Yankovic did a song entirely of palindromes called Bob that was styled on Subterranean Homesick Blues.

65. Dylans younger brother, David Zimmerman, is a record producer.

66. Dylan has nine grandchildren and sports a bumper sticker on his car that reads Worlds Greatest Grandpa.

67. Dylan got the idea for some of the lyrics for his album Love and Theft from the book Confessions of a Yakuza.

68. Last year, Dylan released an album of Christmas songs entitled Christmas In the Heart, which includes a sped-up, Dylanized version of Must Be Santa.

69. In February, Dylan braved a blizzard to perform at a civil rights concert at the White House.


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WHAT ABOUT BOB: Why BobFest is creating new Dylan fans

For years Don Greenwood carried around a cassette recording of a song that was never finished.

Most of the words were garbled nonsense that stood in place of actual lyrics.

The song was called "I'm not there," and it struck a nerve in Greenwood to the point he couldn't put it down.

It didn't matter he couldn't sing along or understand the words - that's never been a problem for Greenwood. He's been a fan of Bob Dylan for 45 years, and is still learning something each time he listens to his music.

"Anybody who claims they really understand Dylan's work are in some sort of fantasy (world), Greenwood said with a laugh.

It's the rare work, the snippets of music that Greenwood prides himself on finding, that makes him a Dylanologist.

But he realized one day that he needed to do something more to preserve Dylan's music.

In the early 1990s, Greenwood attended a Dylan concert at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee with his daughter and her boyfriend. After the concert, they went to a party where Greenwood saw about 20 people, all half his age, deeply into Bob Dylan.

There was a guy in one corner showing a video of a Dylan concert, and another person showing off his suitcase of Dylan music.

"I'm sitting there thinking, there's hope for this world," Greenwood said.

That's when it struck him that he needed to help bring Dylan's music to new generations.

After talking with fellow Spring Green resident Todd Miller, an event called BobFest was formed in the late '90s on the grounds of Miller's Spring Green General Store.

While Miller wasn't a Dylan fan at the time, he wanted to have an event over Memorial Day weekend for something to do in the area.

"This guy is the Shakespeare of our age," Greenwood said. "We need to do something to keep it in front of people."

BobFest, not to be confused with Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo, is now in its 13th year this Sunday. It attracts those who want to hear Dylan music and a growing bunch who want to sing it.

" We generally get 800 to 1,000 people coming back," Miller said. "It turned into kind of a big event."

Finding Dylan

Attending a Bob Dylan concert, you're never quite sure who will show up.

Will it be the Dylan whose songs are on albums worldwide? Or the Dylan who mumbles through sets?

When Don Greenwood first saw Dylan perform in 1965 in Chicago, he was a skeptic of his music, but walked away with a new appreciation.

Soon after, he and his friends started collecting and sharing Dylan's work, trying to understand what it all meant.

"He didn't seem to be really big on showbiz, or being really nice to the audience or anything," Greenwood said. "He seemed pretty much like he is now. I'm here to do what I like, if you like it, great, if you don't, tough luck."

Dylan's songs like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems in the 1960s for the Civil Rights and anti-war movements.

As Dylan's sound has changed over time, Greenwood has enjoyed the ride - and the concerts.

"Only on special occasions would you really call it singing," Greenwood laughed.

While he believes Dylan is the best songwriter ever, Greenwood also enjoys Dylan's voice.

"I think his singing is wonderful," he said.

Since BobFest was created, Miller has seen Dylan perform several times, and has become a fan. He said he's always surprised at what Dylan will do with his own songs.

"Sometimes (they're) almost unrecognizable," Miller said.

Greenwood's knowledge of Dylan's music is impressive. He rarely, if ever, comes across something he hasn't heard. But he's not the type of fan that collects things like concert ticket stubs or merchandise. He's in it for the music.

But if he wants to see stuff like that, he could visit one of his friends in Duluth, Minn., who went as far as buying the home that Bob Dylan was raised in

for his first five years. Back when his name was Robert Allen


The Wonder Boy

The first BobFest started at a time when Dylan's career was kind of at a low point. About 80 people attended the event, with most of the performers being solo acts with a few duos sprinkled in.

"No, we didn't think it would take off," Greenwood said.

Now, there are about 50 musicians who end up on stage during the event, touching on all periods of Dylan's career.

Marty L'Herault has performed at every BobFest except one and said it's a perfect event because of Dylan's large song catalog.

A Spring Green resident, L'Herault has spent this past week teaching freshman English and has talked with students about the meaning of songs.

"Some of the boys in the class are giving me a hard time about Bob Dylan," he said. "Just because the music has been around a long time doesn't mean it's not cool music."

L'Herault said that those attending BobFest will leave with an appreciation for Dylan's music, even if they came into it thinking he isn't much of a singer.

While it started out with just locals, Miller said there is now a backlog of people who would like to play at BobFest, which has remained a free, family-friendly event.

The only obstacle the event faces is rain. If showers move in, the event is moved inside the General Store, but there is only enough room for 150 people.

To keep the event fresh, Miller posts past song lists on the General Store's Web site so people can figure out what they want to perform.

"Locally, there is a lot of support for it," Miller said of the amount of performers who live close to the event.

Dylan's music has found a resurgence over the past decade, and he's taken home Grammys and even an Oscar for his song "Things Have Changed," which he wrote for the film "Wonder Boys."

The performers at BobFest bring their own sound and take on Dylan's songs, something that Dylan does himself.

"I don't know how anybody can try to sound like Bob Dylan. Every time he does (a song), they sound different than before," Greenwood said.

"Every once in awhile you will get someone who sounds like Dylan at a point in his career."

BobFest has been so popular that last year Miller decided to create another event for Labor Day weekend to act as a bookend to the summer.

In its first year, BeatleFest attracted about half the crowd BobFest does, but it is off to a strong start.

But for Greenwood, it's Dylan's music that captivates. He said he still is uncovering things each time he listens to his work, and that's what has kept him a fan all these years.

At BobFest, Greenwood may be the only person in the audience who has recognized every song performed over the past 12 years.

And this year he will be performing about three songs, which will include one "very obscure outtake."

"I just ask for 15 minutes," he said of performing at the event. "Andy Warhol said it was enough."


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Bob Fest now bigger than ever

SPRING GREEN - How big has Bob Fest gotten?

It's gotten so big it has spawned a book-end Beatle Fest on Labor Day weekend.

Bob Fest - not to be confused with the political Fighting Bob Fest in September in Baraboo - is a celebration of the life and music of singer-songwriter-poet Bob Dylan, and has been going on here in the backyard of the Spring Green General Store and Cafe since 1998.

Started to commemorate Bob Dylan's May 24 birthday, the store's owners have held it the following weekend, the Sunday before Memorial Day, so more people turn out. Each year, for the past three years, the event has drawn close to 1,000 people throughout the day.

Dylan fans brought their own folding chairs and camp chairs, some brought children and dogs. A few women brought their knitting. Many congregated under large shade trees drinking local Furthermore Beer as temperatures reached the lower 90s. Lots of fans wore name tags that read, "Hello my name is: Bob."

Todd Miller, who owns the Spring Green General Store with his wife, Karin, said it's the perfect event during the tough economic times. "There is no charge. There's nine hours of free music. The musicians seem to love to do this."

Sixteen acts, including Miller, played the festival Sunday in mostly half-hour segments. Musicians submit the songs they're playing ahead of time to avoid duplication. Competition for slots is heavy, with most musicians contacting Miller early in the year. All of the performers volunteer their time.

Festival founder Don Greenwood, 61, of Spring Green, called Dylan's music an amazing use of the English language.

"He's our modern day equivalent of Shakespeare. My friends at APT don't always agree," he said, referencing the nearby American Players Theatre.

"People come to hear the songs. It's a nice way to start the summer off," Greenwood said.

Dave Saperstein, in his third year as emcee, told the crowd that the whole idea of the festival was to "celebrate the work and the life of the greatest American songwriter in the last 69 years," to which there was overwhelming applause. "We're celebrating him and all of his contributions. He's still making music, thank goodness."

Dylan has cast a shadow over American music and influenced anybody who's made popular or American music in the last 50 years, Saperstein said later. "You can't help but be influenced by him," he said.

Arvid Berge opened the festival with a six-member backup band called Street Legal, named for Dylan's 18th studio album, released by Columbia Records in 1978. Berge has played the festival three or four times, and noted that it was the first place he'd played in public.

"It's so much fun. Fun, fun, fun," he said. "It's an opportunity to get together with friends and rehearse songs everyone's fairly familiar with. And of course, it's a good way to honor Bob Dylan. I'm a lifelong fan."

Karin Miller, the store's co-owner, said it used to be you could roll a bowling ball through town and not hit anybody on Memorial Day weekend.

"Basically everybody left town," she said. So when Greenwood suggested a festival honoring Bob Dylan she and her husband held an open mike indoors in the cafe space.

In 13 years it's grown so big that last year when Todd turned 50, he marked the occasion with the first annual Beatle Fest.

"Around here, if you start something you make a lifetime commitment," Karin said. "It's all Beatle songs and it's hard to find anyone that doesn't like the Beatles."


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Volatile Dennis Hopper, of 'Easy Rider' fame, dies at 74

Dennis Hopper, 74, an actor and director whose low-budget biker movie "Easy Rider" made an unexpected fortune by exploring the late 1960s counterculture, and who changed Hollywood by opening doors to younger directors such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, died Saturday at his home in Venice, Calif.

Hopper, who enjoyed a career resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s playing alcoholics and compelling psychopaths in films including "Hoosiers," "Blue Velvet" and "Speed," was diagnosed last year with cancer.

"Easy Rider," released in 1969, was often called a generational marker, a film set to a pulsating rock soundtrack and filled with hallucinogenic imagery meant to evoke the rebellious youth counterculture.

As the director, co-star and co-screenwriter of "Easy Rider," Hopper called the film his "state of the union message" about a country on the brink of self-destruction because of the Vietnam War, political assassination, prejudice, intolerance and greed.

The story was about two small-time drug dealers (played by Hopper and Peter Fonda) who make a cocaine sale in Mexico and then set off across the country by motorcycle to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Along the way, they meet hippies, dropouts and bigots.

Hopper, actor Fonda and writer Terry Southern shared an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

Independently financed, "Easy Rider" cost less than $500,000 to make and grossed tens of millions of dollars.

Hopper was a first-time director when he made "Easy Rider." He had started his movie career with promise, appearing opposite James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) and "Giant" (1956). But his reputation for substance abuse problems and angering veteran directors had caused acting offers to dry up at major studios.

"Easy Rider" catapulted Hopper to the center of the glamorous intersection of art, entertainment and politics that included his friends Bob Dylan, music producer Phil Spector and pop artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

His next film, "The Last Movie" (1971), was a $1 million box- office fiasco.

He retreated to a commune in New Mexico, where he binged on rum, tequila and cocaine and fell into a fit of paranoia that led him to shoot off rounds from a machine gun he kept in his house. He took a handful of acting jobs, the best remembered of which was as the drug- addled Vietnam War photographer in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (1979), but his career was otherwise stalled. In 1984, he was committed to the psychiatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital after experiencing a violent hallucination.

Hopper described this as the lowest point in his life. He said he stopped hard drugs and drinking and decided to channel his "compulsive" personality in other directions, namely work. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role as an alcoholic coach in the basketball drama "Hoosiers" (1986) opposite Gene Hackman and directed the police drama "Colors" (1988) starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall.

Mostly, Hopper specialized in portraying weirdly intense characters.

Dennis Lee Hopper was born May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, Kan., where his father was a railroad postal worker. He grew up in San Diego.

Hopper's marriages to socialite Brooke Hayward, actress Daria Halprin and dancer Katherine LaNasa ended in divorce. He was also married for eight days to Michelle Phillips of the singing group the Mamas and the Papas.

"Seven of those days were pretty good," he said. "The eighth day was the bad one."

Originally published by The Washington Post.


Key facts about 'Easy Rider'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Following are some key facts about Easy Rider, the groundbreaking 1969 biker film directed by Dennis Hopper, who died at his home in Los Angeles Saturday from complications of prostate cancer.

Hopper played Billy in the film, alongside Peter Fonda as Wyatt, a.k.a. Captain America.

+ Fonda came up with the idea while drinking beer and smoking marijuana in a Toronto motel room. He immediately called Hopper in the middle of the night, and proposed they both write and star, that Hopper direct and he produce.

+ Hopper viewed the story two drug-dealing bikers who ride their Harley-Davidsons across the country to Mardi Gras, and are then shot by rednecks as a fable about how pursuers of the American dream lose sight of their freedom.

+ The script was credited to Fonda, Hopper and influential writer Terry Southern, although they bitterly argued about who was responsible for the final product.

+ Hopper and Fonda, who also argued about profit-sharing, started the production as friends and ended it as feuding enemies.

+ Hopper was reluctant to cast the unknown Jack Nicholson as the alcoholic lawyer because he wanted someone with an authentic Texan accent.

+ Hopper claimed in 1994 that he had fired Rip Torn from the role ultimately played by Nicholson, because Torn had pulled a knife on him. Torn sued Hopper for defamation, and won a $475,000 judgment.

+ The film was budgeted at about $360,000, funded by windfall profits from the duo behind The Monkees. Hopper said it made its money back in one week, from one theater.

+ Music producer Phil Spector, later convicted of murder, has a cameo at the beginning as the cocaine buyer, supplying his own bodyguard and Rolls-Royce to keep down costs.

+ Hopper once took credit for Americas cocaine problem, saying Easy Rider popularized its use.

+ The marijuana the characters smoked on screen was authentic, high-quality product that had a quick effect.

+ Fonda shot his scene in the hot springs alone, three weeks after his co-stars did, because he was hospitalized with pneumonia at the time.

+ Hopper drew on the suicide of Fondas mother to cajole him into making the tearful outburst I hate you so much during the acid-trip scene in the New Orleans cemetery.

+ The redneck with the goitre who shot Fonda and Hoppers characters was discovered by Hopper at a gas station.

+ Bob Dylan turned down Hoppers request to use: Its Alright Ma Im Only Bleeding over the ending credits, and instead wrote the lyrics of Ballad of Easy Rider, which was sung by Roger McGuinn of the Byrds.

+ The custom-built bikes their characters rode were completely impractical for cross-country riding. They were stolen at gunpoint before filming was completed and likely dismantled, which is why they dont appear in the final campfire scene. Fonda said Hopper later sold a replica, fraudulently claiming it was an original.

+ The film was released in July 1969, more than a year after filming had ended as Hopper agonized over the editing, at one point planning to release a version almost four hours long.


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Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, 1 .

Here are the top 50 on the list:

1 Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan 1965
2 (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones 1965
3 Imagine John Lennon 1971
4 Whats Going On Marvin Gaye 1971
5 Respect Aretha Franklin 1967
6 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 1966
7 Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry 1958
8 Hey Jude The Beatles 1968
9 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 1991
10 Whatd I Say Ray Charles 1959
11 My Generation The Who 1965
12 A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke 1964
13Yesterda y The Beatles 1965
14 Blowin in the Wind Bob Dylan 1963
15 London Calling The Clash 1980
16 I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles 1963
17 Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix 1967
18 Maybellene Chuck Berry 1955
19 Hound Dog Elvis Presley 1956
20 Let It Be The Beatles 1970

21 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen 1975
22 Be My Baby The Ronettes 1963
23 In My Life The Beatles 1965
24 People Get Ready The Impressions 1965
25 God Only Knows The Beach Boys 1966
26 A Day in the Life The Beatles 1967
27 Layla Derek and the Dominos 1970
28 (Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding 1968
29 Help! The Beatles 1965
30 I Walk the Line Johnny Cash 1956
31 Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin 1971
32 Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones 1968
33 River Deep, Mountain High Tina Turner 1966
34 Youve Lost That Lovin Feeling The Righteous Brothers 1964
35 Light My Fire The Doors 1967
36 One U2 1991
37 No Woman, No Cry Bob Marley 1975
38 Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones 1969
39 Thatll Be the Day Buddy Holly 1957

40 Dancin in the Streets Martha and the Vandellas 1964
41 The Weight The Band 1968
42 Waterloo Sunset The Kinks 1968
43 Tutti Frutti Little Richard 1956
44 Georgia on My Mind Ray Charles 1960
45 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 1956
46 Heroes David Bowie 1977
47 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 1970
48 All Along the Watchtower Jimi Hendrix 1968
49 Hotel California The Eagles 1976
50 The Tracks of My Tears Smokey Robinson 1965


No. 1: "Like a Rolling Stone," by Bob Dylan

"I wrote it. I didn't fail. It was straight," Bob Dylan said of his greatest song shortly after he recorded it in June 1965. There is no better description of "Like a Rolling Stone" - of its revolutionary design and execution - or of the young man, just turned 24, who created it.

Al Kooper, who played organ on the session, remembers today, "There was no sheet music, it was totally by ear. And it was totally disorganized, totally punk. It just happened."

The most stunning thing about "Like a Rolling Stone" is how unprecedented it was: the impressionist voltage of Dylan's language, the intensely personal accusation in his voice, the apocalyptic charge of Kooper's garage-gospel organ and Mike Bloomfield's stiletto-sharp spirals of Telecaster guitar, the defiant six-minute length of the June 16th master take. No other pop song has thoroughly challenged and transformed the commercial laws and artistic conventions of its time, for all time.

Just a few weeks earlier, as he was finishing up the British tour immortalized in D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Don't Look Back, Dylan began writing an extended piece of verse - 20 pages long by one account, six in another - that was, he said, "just a rhythm thing on paper all about my steady hatred, directed at some point that was honest." Back home in Woodstock, New York, over three days in early June, Dylan sharpened the sprawl down to that confrontational chorus and four taut verses bursting with piercing metaphor and concise truth. "The first two lines, which rhymed "kiddin' you' and 'didn't you,' just about knocked me out," he confessed to "Rolling Stone" in 1988, "and when I got to the jugglers and the chrome horse and the princess on the steeple, it all just about got to be too much."

The beginnings of "Like a Rolling Stone" can be seen in a pair of offstage moments in Don't Look Back. In the first, sidekick Bob Neuwirth gets Dylan to sing a verse of Hank Williams' "Lost Highway," which begins, "I'm a rolling stone, I'm alone and lost/For a life of sin I've paid the cost." Later, Dylan sits at a piano, playing a set of chords that would become the melodic basis for "Like a Rolling Stone," connecting it to the fundamental architecture of rock & roll. Dylan later identified that progression as a chip off of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba."

Just as Dylan bent folk music's roots and forms to his own will, he transformed popular song with the content and ambition of "Like a Rolling Stone." And in his electrifying vocal performance, his best on record, Dylan proved that everything he did was, first and always, rock & roll. "'Rolling Stone"s the best song I wrote," he said flatly at the end of 1965. It still is.


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