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Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eagles to play 2011 Hop Farm Festival
RTT News is reporting that Bob Dylan will be returning to Paddock Wood, Kent, U.K., to play at the 2011 Hop Farm Festival on Friday, July 1. Dylan is not yet listed on the official website, but performed at the festival last year.
According to various sources, Dylan will share the bill with Neil Young (also not yet listed), The Eagles, Bryan Ferry, Death Cab For Cutie, and 10CC.
Other acts scheduled to appear at the two day (July 1 and 2) festival include Mumford & Sons, Pete Doherty and Primal Scream. Dylan, of course, recently appeared with Mumford & Sons at the Grammy Awards.
Tickets are available at the official website. But beware . . . The appearance had not been confirmed at either the Hop Farm or Bob Dylan website.
Bob Dylan - Ballad Of A Thin Man, Hop Farm Festival 2010
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Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's muse and 'Freewheelin' cover girl, dead at 67
Susan Elizabeth Rotolo, Bob Dylan's girlfriend in the early 1960s pictured on the iconic cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, has died at the age of 67.
According to The Village Voice, Suze Rotolo died on February 24 "after a long illness, at home in her Noho loft and the arms of her husband of 40 years, Enzo Bartoccioli."
Rotolo is often credited as the inspiration for such Dylan classics as "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", "Down The Highway", "Boots Of Spanish Leather", "Ballad in Plain D", "Simple Twist Of Fate", and the instrumental, "Suze (The Cough Song)". She also expanded the political, poetic, and emotional boundaries of Dylan's songwriting.
Rotolo appeared in the Martin Scorsese documentary, No Direction Home, and recalled her relationship with Dylan in her memoir, A Freewheelin' Time. Dylan wrote about Rotolo in his book, Chronicles Volume One.
Last June, I wrote about Rotolo's 1962 trip to Italy as part of the "Dylan's back pages" series. it also includes audio of Nick Drake covering "Don't Think Twice" and "Tomorrow Is A Long Time".
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Joan Baez reissue to include previously unreleased demo of Bob Dylan cover
An upcoming reissue of Joan Baez's 1992 album, Play Me Backwards, will include a previously unreleased demo cover version of Bob Dylan's "Seven Curses". Baez released a live take of the song on her 2005 album, Bowery Songs (recorded in 2004).
According to a post on Joan Baez's official website, Proper Records will release the newly re-mastered and expanded CD edition of the album on March 14. The CD will feature new cover artwork, and "will be released only in the United Kingdom and European territories".
There will also be a worldwide release on vinyl through the Diverse Records label. Their website states the release will be a "180G Double LP, gatefold sleeve," however, it currently only lists the original 11 tracks from the 1992 release. The length of the original album is just over 36 minutes and should easily fit on one LP. Presumably, the ten demos will comprise the second disc.
As with many other Baez releases, the reissue of Play Me Backwards will feature new liner notes by Arthur Levy.
Original track listing:
Play Me Backwards (J. Baez, W. Wilson, K. Greenberg, K. O'Connor) Amsterdam (Janis Ian, B. Mondlock) Isaac & Abraham (J. Baez, W. Wilson, K. Greenberg) Stones In The Road (Mary Chapin Carpenter) Steal Across The Border (Ron Davies) I'm With You / Reprise (J. Baez, W. Wilson, K. Greenberg, P. Bunch) Strange Rivers (John Stewart) Through Your Hands (John Hiatt) The Dream Song (J. Baez, R. Davies) Edge Of Glory (J. Baez, W. Wilson, K. Greenberg, K. O'Connor)
Bonus demo track listing:
Medicine Wheel • Rise From The Ruins • Trouble With The Truth • Much Better View Of The Moon • Seven Curses • In My Day • Dark Eyed Man • We Endure • The Last Day • Lonely Moon
Original release date: October 1992 Produced by: Wally Wilson and Kenny Greenberg Album cover design by: Tom Dolan Album cover art direction by: Mick Haggerty Album cover photography by: Melanie Nissen Additional musicians and vocalists: Greg Barnhill, Richard Bennett, Ashley Cleveland, Chad Cromwell, Jerry Douglas, Carl Gorodetzky, Kenny Greenberg, Vicki Hampton, Mike Lawler, Bob Mason, Edgar Meyer, Jonell Mosser, Steve Nathan, Cyndi Richardson, Tom Roady, Chris Rodriguez, Pam Sixfin, James Stroud, Marcos Suzano, Willie Weeks, Kristen Wilkenson, Wally Wilson, Glen Worf Issued on cassette tape: Virgin Records 86458-4 Issued on CD: Virgin Records 86458-2 Re-issued in 1996 on CD: Guardian Records 54615
This was Baez's first album recorded in Nashville since 1972's Come from the Shadows. Baez made her first music video for the Mary Chapin Carpenter song, "Stones in the Road."
The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.
Отправлено: 03.03.11 11:15. Заголовок: К 70 - летию Боба бу..
К 70 - летию Боба будет выпущено кино.
When Bob Dylan turns 70 in May 2011, his iconic career will have spanned five decades. Yet, a true portrait of the reclusive "voice of the generation" has eluded Dylan fans. Through exclusive insider interviews, and never-before-seen photos and footage spanning Dylan's 50-year career, Bob Dylan Revealed offers an intimate biography of who Bob Dylan was, and who he is today.
* Producer Jerry Wexler and award-winning songwriter Al Kasha provide an untold account of Dylan's early days at Columbia Records in 1962. Drummer Mickey Jones chronicles the 1966 Bob Dylan and the Band electric world tour that changed Rock n’ Roll forever, while soon after, Dylan used the cover story of a motorcycle accident to enter drug rehab. Dylan's 1974 comeback tour is illustrated by tour photographer Barry Feinstein through his finest photos and behind-the-scenes accounts. In 1975, Bob Dylan hit the road with a rag-tag band of folk troubadours, culminating in “The Night of the Hurricane”. Folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner, and boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter reveal the inside story of Dylan’s Desire album and Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
Following a stint as "The Entertainer" in 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church, producing three Gospel albums. Derided as “God-Awful Gospel,” Dylan’s
radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics. Pastor Bill Dwyer, journalist Joel Selvin, singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, and Dylanologist AJ Weberman share intimate accounts of Bob Dylan’s “born-again” transformation – and his return to Judaism! Bob Dylan Revealed culminates with Dylan's Never Ending Tour that began in 1992 and continues to this day, as drummer Winston Watson recounts his personal journey as a warrior in Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Band”.
Американский певец Боб Дилан впервые в своей карьере выступит в Китае, сообщает Agence France-Presse.
Два выступления пройдут 6 апреля в Пекине и 8 апреля в Шанхае и будут приурочены к 50-летию концертной деятельности легендарного музыканта, которому в мае исполняется 70 лет. Билеты на шоу поступят в продажу на следующей неделе и будут стоить от 280 юаней (42 доллара). VIP-билеты можно будет приобрести за 1961,411 юаня. Такая цена установлена не случайно, она отсылает к дате первого концерта Боба Дилана, состоявшегося в Нью-Йорке 11 апреля 1961 года.
Певец, в чьем творчестве встречалось немало остро политических и протестных песен, намеревался выступить в Китае еще в прошлом году, однако министерство культуры КНР не выдало ему соответствующего разрешения. При этом чиновники никак не аргументировали свой запрет. Расстроившись, Дилан полностью отменил гастрольный тур по Юго-Восточной Азии, в рамках которого планировал заехать в Китай. Теперь промоутеры заручились разрешением на выступления.
Власти Китая довольно жестко контролируют гастроли иностранных артистов. В частности, это связано с инцидентом на концерте Бьорк в 2008 году, когда певица со сцены призвала к независимости Тибета. После этого министерство культуры КНР распространило заявление, что своим скандированием "Тибет! Тибет!" Бьорк "оскорбила чувства китайского народа".
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Bob Dylan recording, and cover, included on Starbucks '40th Anniversary' 2CD set
A Bob Dylan master recording, and a well-known cover version of one of his songs, are two of the 40 tracks included on a new 2 CD compilation.
Dylan's "Visions Of Johanna", as well as fellow Wilbury George Harrison's cover of the 1970 tune "If Not For You", are featured on Starbucks 40 - A 40th Anniversary Collection by Starbucks Entertainment.
The collection - "Forty of our favorite selections that capture the essence of the coffeehouse sound" - is available from the Starbucks Store website.
Dylan has previously sanctioned two exclusive releases via Starbucks. A truncated, 10 track version of Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962 was released in 2005, and Artist's Choice - The Music That Matters To Him', a hand-picked collection of mostly early blues, country, jazz and R&B sides, saw the light of day a few years later.
Here's the complete track listing of the new compilation (Note the first three artists on disc two):
Disc One 1. Satin Doll - Duke Ellington 2. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) - Billie Holiday 3. Just You, Just Me - Nat King Cole 4. In the Still of the Night - Ella Fitzgerald 5. A Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong 6. Fever - Pegge Lee 7. Busted - Ray Charles 8. Bring It On Home to Me - Sam Cooke 9. Bumpin' on Sunset - Wes Montgomery 10. Memories Are Made of This - Dean Martin 11. Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra (Featured on the very first episode of Theme Time Radio Hour). 12. Visions of Johanna - Bob Dylan 13. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin 14. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) - Marvin Gaye 15. Peace Like a River - Paul Simon 16. Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley and The Wailers 17. Constant Craving - K.D. Lang 18. Beyond Belief - Elvis Costello & The Attractions 19. Building a Mystery - Sarah McLachlan 20. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3 featuring Rahsaan and Gerard Presencer
Disc 2 1. Woman - John Lennon 2. Every Night - Paul McCartney 3. If Not for You - George Harrison 4. Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club 5. New Slang - The Shins 6. Lonestar - Norah Jones 7. How to Fight Loneliness - Wilco 8. Gotta Get Back - Shelby Lynne 9. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice 10. Don't Wait Too Long - Madeleine Peyroux 11. Lost Cause - Beck 12. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae 13. Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 14. I Feel It All - Feist 15. Blue Ridge Mountains - Fleet Foxes 16. Don't Forget Me - Neko Case 17. History of Lovers - Calexico and Iron & Wine 18. The Clockwise Witness - DeVotchKa 19. For Emma - Bon Iver 20. Doesn't Mean Anything - Alicia Keys
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Bob Dylan to perform in Vietnam for the first time... but will fans be able to afford a ticket?
His songs were considered anthems for the anti-Vietnam war era of the Sixties.
But it wasn't just the Americans who were inspired by him but he also gained a legion fans in the communist country.
And next month they will finally get the chance to see him play live when he performs there for the very first time.
However, there may be some concerns that many will struggle to afford a ticket, with general admission entry costing 900,000 dong (£26) - which is slightly higher than Vietnam's monthly minimum wage.
VIP tickets cost 2.5 million dong (£75), and will include food and drinks as well as parking, VIP entrance, exclusive access to a VIP bar and tents, and executive washrooms.
The gig will take place on April 10 at the 8,000-plus-capacity RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City, which used to be known as Saigon.
But despite the ticket prices, Rod Quinton, general manager of promoters Saigon Sound System said this will be a once-in-a-lifetime event because of the cultural and historical significance of Dylan playing in the country for the first time.
He said: 'We are bringing him here because Bob Dylan is a very important legend of music and we think it's important that Vietnamese people, particularly the younger generation, are exposed to his legacy and what he's done for music.
'It will be something very special when Dylan and his band takes to the stage in Vietnam.'
And he said despite what the Vietnamese may consider high prices for the tickets, he expected that all 8,250 will sell out.
However, he added that they were currently only taking ticket reservations because they were still working out details with the tax department.
Dylan's 1960s songs 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'The Times They Are a-Changin' were inspirations for the American civil rights and anti-war movements.
His trip to Vietnam is part of his Asia tour which will also take in a concert in China, his first there too.
Chinese officials allowed the concert in Beijing to go ahead after initially refusing permission last year when plans for the tour were first put in place.
He will become among a handful of western music artists who have performed in the country including Bjork, Beyonce, Eric Clapton and Wham!, who were the first Western pop group to play there.
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Tour Report - Bob Dylan to play Denmark, Germany
Bob Dylan tour update:
Marek Lieberberg Konzertagenturis lists two Bob Dylan tour dates: Volkspark, Mainz, June 25, and Stadtpark, Hamburg, June 26. Tickets on sale March 18.
Gaffa.dk is also reporting that Bob Dylan is playing The Funen Village, Odense, Denmark, on June 27. The dates have not yet been confirmed on Dylan's official website.
Here's the translation via Google (unedited):
BOB DYLAN TO ODENSE
By John Bailey Wednesday 16-03-2011 at. 11:01
The legendary songwriter'll visit the museum town to June
There is published a wealth of concerts these days, but when it comes to legend status and impressive backlist there are not many names that can compete with Bob Dylan as the 27th June performs in The Funen Village.
It is two years since Dylan last gave a concert in Denmark, and three years since he last stopped by the capital of Funen. On both occasions received the legendary songwriter, great reviews and when you look at the quality of the last fifteen years of publishing, it is clear that age is no way tap at the 69-year-old American.
Dylan will be aged 70 when he next summer comes to Denmark and there is nothing to suggest that the upcoming European visit will take place in conjunction with a new release. Song writer seems these days more interested in looking back on his life and career through publications and reissues of old material and an agreement to write the next two volumes of his autobiography.
Bob Dylan The Never Ending Tour frames Odense 27th June and bill sales begin on Monday 21 March at. 10.00 in DanBillet and Billetnet.
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Bob Dylan's Blues: Ashen-faced singer's synagogue trip after death of his soulmate
Bob Dylan has been spotted on a mission of mercy – visiting a local synagogue.
The 69-year-old music legend had presumably gone to say prayers for his lost ‘soulmate’ and ex-girlfriend Suze Rotolo, who died at the end of last month.
An ashen-faced Dylan cut a frail figure as he was dropped off with his head buried inside a baseball cap and hooded sweatshirt.
He was greeted at the Los Angeles synagogue by a young woman before going inside carrying a black leather jacket underneath his arm as the sun shone.
An onlooker said: ‘He looked pretty beaten down and depressed. He went in a back door and stayed inside for over an hour before being picked up again by his driver.’
It is not known how often Dylan visits the synagogue and until now his chosen religion has been a long-standing mystery.
However he may well have just been saying a prayer for Miss Rotolo - his inspiration and young sweetheart who appeared with him arm in arm on the iconic cover of his 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
The pair began dating in 1961 when Miss Rotolo was just 17 years old. They split after three years but remained close friends until she died of lung cancer in New York on February 25.
Dylan, who turns 70 in May, has been exceptionally undecided about religion during his life and on the rare occasion that he has spoken about his faith he has been quite cryptic.
From being born Jewish as Robert Zimmerman in Minnesota he famously became a born-again Christian in the late 1970s.
His conversion to Christianity was very public when he released three Christian influenced gospel music albums – ‘Slow Train Coming’ in 1979, ‘Saved’ in 1980 and ‘Shot of Love’ in 1981.
He has admitted struggling with his faith in the past telling Rolling Stone magazine in the 1980s: ‘I've never said I'm born again. That's just a media term. I don't think I've been an agnostic.
'I've always thought there's a superior power, that this is not the real world and that there's a world to come.’
When asked if he belonged to any church or synagogue in the same interview, he replied: ‘Not really. Uh, the Church of the Poison Mind.’
However since then he has been reported to attend Jewish religion events including the bar mitzvahs of his sons.
These exclusive pictures are the first conclusive pieces of evidence that the folk music icon has come back to Judaism after the loss of his beloved ex-girlfriend.
Dylan fiercely guards his privacy and goes out of his way to avoid being photographed except when he is performing in concert.
He lives a nomadic existence on his sprawling ramshackle farmhouse which overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Malibu.
He stays at the cliff-top compound while taking breaks in his busy tour schedule.
His estate now stretches five acres as he has bought up many of the houses surrounding it since he moved there in the 1970s.
On it he is known to spend his time doing carpentry and occasionally walking his pet dogs.
Speaking exclusively his elderly neighbour Caroline Maclay, who has lived next door since Dylan moved in, described how rarely she has seen him.
‘We talked to him once when he was driving his truck years ago but he’s gone a great deal of the time. When he is here he’s quite private. He has 24/7 security guards.
‘You never see him. Whereas Martin Sheen is very visible in the community and we used to see Dick Van Dyke all the time in the neighbourhood - I never see Bob Dylan.’
Another elderly neighbour Audrey Burright ,who has lived opposite Dylan for more than three decades, said: ‘I met him 30 years ago, he used to come to the PTA meetings at the local school.
'He’s a very very nice person. He would take his kids to school. I never see him anymore. That was a long time ago. He’s become much less visible as he’s got older. He loves his privacy.’
Dylan’s property lies on one of the most expensive portions of real estate in California and is on the cusp of local beauty spot Point Dune - which has spectacular views out on to the Ocean.
He has a number of staff who go about their day feeding the horses and chickens and going in and out for supplies. His estate manager lives in one of the several buildings on the property.
From the outside several rusty old green storage units are visible in Dylan’s yard as well a decades old wreck of a Chevy, and other assorted rusty old car parts.
Another neighbour Valerie Sklarevsky - who is actually friends with Dylan and was a 1960s activist herself - also told of Dylan’s desire for privacy.
Valerie, who eccentrically lives in a bright yellow and red gypsy wagon behind Dylan’s estate, said: ‘He is a friend of mine. He’s a sweet guy. I met him in 1980, I wrote him a letter and he came over and talked to me, we became friends and he even wrote a song about me on his Infidels album in 1983.
‘He is a very private person. He is a nice and kind neighbour.’
Allen Weiss, who lives next door to Valerie's wagon, added: ‘He’s very , very shy to the point if she (Valerie) was talking to him and someone else walked in he would turn around and look away.’
Despite his reclusiveness Dylan seems to still have an insatiable appetite for the road and performing for his millions of fans across the world.
He is due back on tour on his ‘Neverending tour’ on April 3 – beginning in Taipei, Taiwan.
He then tours China, Australia, New Zealand through the rest of the month before another break until June when he heads to Ireland, England, Italy, Germany and Denmark.
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Bob Dylan 70th birthday countdown - No. 57, T. Rex's Marc Bolan covers Dylan
T. Rex is best known for such 1970's glam-rock classics as "Jeepster", "20th Century Boy", and "Bang A Gong (Get It On)."
Leader Marc Bolan (born Marc Feld) cited Bob Dylan as one of his main influences. He referred to Dylan in "Telegram Sam" ("Bobby's alright, Bobby's alright / He's a natural born poet, he's just outta sight"), and "Ballrooms Of Mars":
Bob Dylan knows And i bet Alan Freed did There are things in night That better not to behold
On the album Live 1977, Bolan updated "Telegram Sam", singing "Bobby's alright, he may be getting dee-vorced".
Why did Feld choose the name "Bolan"? Possibly from B-O-b d-y-L-A-N, according to comments attributed to Bolan.
Bolan, as Toby Tyler, covered Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" in January, 1965, along with "The Road I'm On (Gloria)," originally by Dion Di Mucci (of Dion and The Belmonts). It was finally released in1993. Several takes of "Blowin' In The Wind" were included on Marc Bolan As Toby Tyler : The Maximum Sound Session (Zinc Alloy Records ZAR CD 9006).
Отправлено: 31.03.11 09:50. Заголовок: Bob Dylan 70th birth..
Bob Dylan 70th birthday countdown - No. 56, Eric Clapton and Dylan
Bob Dylan first crossed paths with Clapton at Levy's Recording Studio, in London:
* Date: May 12, 1965 * Song: "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" * Producer: Tom Wilson * Musicians: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (Mayall, Clapton, John McVie, and Hughie Flint).
The session was not a success, probably due to the consumption of alcohol.
Ten years later, Clapton showed up at one chaotic session for Dylan's Desire album. One track, "Romance In Durango", made the final cut.
In 1976, Clapton was recording his album, No Reason To Cry, at the Band's Shangri-La Studios . Dylan appeared for the sessions, staying in the rose garden, in a tent made from Ron Wood's clothes. He contributed guitar and vocals to his song, "Sign Language". In November, Clapton joined Dylan at the finale of The Last Waltz.
Dylan and Clapton recorded in London one more time, for the Hearts Of Fire soundtrack, in 1986.
Clapton appeared at Dylan's 1978 gig at England's Blackbushe Aerodrome, as well as Dylan's Wembley concert in 1984.
Clapton rehearsed a duet with "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" for the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration in 1992, but it was cut due to time constraints. Clapton did perform two songs, and joined Dylan, George Harrison, Roger McGuinn, Neil Young, and Tom Petty for "My Back Pages", and everybody else for "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".
In 1999, Dylan and Clapton finally got to perform a set together, including "It Takes A Lot To Laugh", at the "Eric Clapton & Friends To Benefit Crossroads Centre Antigua".
According to Dylan Covers, Clapton has covered the following songs either written or co-written by Dylan: "Born In Time", "Don't Think Twice", "If I Don't Be There By Morning", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", "Love Minus Zero", "Not Dark Yet", "Sign Language", "Walk Out In The Rain", and "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35".
Отправлено: 04.04.11 10:27. Заголовок: Один из обожателей Б..
Один из обожателей Боба собрал коллекцию коверов его песен,аж на 33 дисках.
Download This: Thirty-Three Freaking Discs of Unreleased Bob Dylan Covers
Regular readers know we love Bob Dylan covers. They also know we love collecting live covers in what we creatively call Live Collections. Well this is a live collection to beat them all. It’s 33 discs of live Dylan covers performed by, well, everybody!
No, we can’t take credit for this one. We love Dylan covers, but we also love sleeping and eating, and we can’t imagine the man who put this together had much time for either. This beast of a set was compiled at live music torrent site DimeaDozen by user jeffs98119. Titled Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan after some old Columbia Records ad copy, it collects over 500 legal, unreleased live covers. It’s a daunting set to say the least, so we checked in with Jeff to guide us through it.
“I’ve always enjoyed Dylan covers, because they let me hear songs I know and love in different ways,” he told us. “I used to fantasize with a friend about different tribute albums and artists who should cover particular songs (e.g. Springsteen, “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar;” George Harrison, “Precious Angel”; Leonard Cohen, “Slow Train”). When the web allowed me to collect a huge number of Dylan covers I just decided to live out my fantasy – minus the part where I get to hobnob with all the artists, make a lot of money, and get a thank you call from Dylan.”
After 33 volumes, we wondered if he’d had about enough. Where does it all end? “Who knows? I think I did try to stop after volume 12, and even sort of announced a hiatus after volume 24 (which I cleverly titled ‘Oh Mama, Can This Really Be the End?’), but then more cool stuff fell into my hands (Waylon Jennings doing ‘Things Have Changed’!) and I decided to revive the series. As long as I have versions of songs that I think add something to the original and are worth sharing, and as long as the web allows easy distribution, I’ll keep ‘em coming.”
Without further ado, here is a selection from the 33-disc-and-counting series Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan. All songs were chosen as particular highlights by curator Jeff, and he gives us his notes on each. Enjoy, then go to Music Ruined My Life to download the full series (if you dare).
Отправлено: 05.04.11 10:13. Заголовок: Bob Dylan Goes Elect..
Bob Dylan Goes Electric on Blu-ray
Two Bob Dylan classic documentary films will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on April 26. Both titles, D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back and Murray Lerner’s The Other Side Of The Mirror – Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, are classic rock and roll movies.
The Blu-ray release of Don’t Look Back includes a new interview with director Pennebaker. Lerner’s The Other Side of the Mirror captures Dylan performing at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, 1964 and 1965 (the year he went “electric” at the event).
Lerner said in a statement: “We decided on no narration, no pundit interviews, no interviews with Dylan. Nothing except the experience of seeing him… That to me is exciting. Just the clear experience gives you everything you need.”
Отправлено: 06.04.11 10:49. Заголовок: Bob Dylan's spri..
Bob Dylan's spring tour has officially begun.
Taipei, Taiwan Taipei Arena April 3, 2011
1. Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob on keyboard) 2. It Ain't Me, Babe (Bob on guitar) 3. Things Have Changed (Bob on guitar) 4. Sugar Baby (Bob center stage on harp) 5. Cold Irons Bound (Bob center stage on harp) 6. Simple Twist Of Fate (Bob on guitar) 7. Honest With Me (Bob on keyboard) 8. Desolation Row (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin) 9. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum (Bob on keyboard, then center stage on harp) 10. Forgetful Heart (Bob center stage on harp, Donnie on violin) 11. Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on keyboard) 12. Tryin' To Get To Heaven (Bob on keyboard) 13. Jolene (Bob on keyboard) 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob center stage on harp)
(encore) 15. Like A Rolling Stone (Bob on keyboard) 16. Blowin' In The Wind (Bob on keyboard, then center stage on harp)
Despite rumors to the contrary, the band members appear to be the same.
Tour dates, courtesy Desolation Row Information Service:
April 3rd 2011, Taipei Arena, Taipei, Taiwan April 6th 2011, Workers Gymnasium, Beijing, China April 8th 2011, Grand Stage, Shanghai, China April 10th 2011,Loretta Grounds, RMIT University, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam April 12th 2011, Star Hall, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong April 13th 2011, Star Hall, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong April 15th 2011, Rock & Roots Festival, Marina Promenade, Singapore April 17th 2011, West Coast Blues 'N Roots Festival, Fremantle Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia. April 19th 2011, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia April 20th 2011, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia April 21st 2011, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia April 23rd 2011, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, Australia April 25th 2011, Byron Bay's Bluesfest, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. April 26th 2011, Byron Bay's Bluesfest, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. April 27th 2011, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. April 28th 2011, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. April 30th 2011, Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. Advertisement
June 16th 2011, The Marquee, Cork, Ireland June 18th 2011, The Feis, Finsbury Park, London, England June 20th 2011, Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel June 22nd 2011, Alcatraz, Milan, Italy June 24th 2011, Sursee, Switzerland June 25th 2011, Volkspark, Mainz, Germany June 26th 2011, Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany June 27th 2011, Funen Village, Odense, Denmark June 29th 2011, Bergen Calling, Bergen, Norway June 30th 2011, Spektrum, Oslo, Norway July 2nd 2011, Peace and Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden,
July 15th 2011, Pacific Amphitheatre, 2011 OC Fair, Orange County, California.
Отправлено: 07.04.11 10:13. Заголовок: Bob Dylan Performs i..
Bob Dylan Performs in China for the First Time
BEIJING -- Counter-culture hero and 1960s protest singer-songwriter Bob Dylan got a rapturous welcome from fans on Wednesday at his first ever concert in China, despite having agreed to sing only an approved set designed not to offend political sensitivities.
Famous for his songs against injustice and for civil liberties and pacifism, Dylan struck a cautious line in Beijing and did not sing anything that might have overtly offended China's Communist rulers, like The Times They Are A-Changin.
On stage for almost two hours at the city's Worker's Gymnasium, Dylan brought the audience to a standing ovation with his penultimate song, All Along the Watchtower, and came back for two encores. Like a Rolling Stone also proved popular.
He spoke only once directly to the crowd of some 5,000 people -- mostly young Chinese though with a strong foreign presence -- and that was to introduce his band.
"I was a little disappointed that he didn't sing many of his songs because of the politics," said Zhang Tian, 30, a Beijing lawyer. "What is the government so afraid of?"
Dylan's gravelly voice, which made his lyrics hard to pick out even for native speakers of English, would have flummoxed many Chinese in the crowd in any case.
China's agreement to permit the concert this year after an aborted attempt last year came with the proviso that Dylan "performed with the approved content," according to a brief statement issued last month by the ministry, which gave no other details.
Dylan's concert comes at a sensitive time in China, where musicians and artists have always had to contend with at least a measure of government control and censorship.
Over the weekend renowned Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei was taken into custody at Beijing airport and has not been heard from since, in the latest part of a sweeping campaign to stifle dissent.
Beijing perhaps ought not to have been so worried. While some Western artists such as Lady Gaga and Celine Dion are wildly popular in China, especially with young people in the big cities, the aging Dylan is much less well-known.
"I know his songs from karaoke, but I'm really not that familiar with him," said advertising executive Yin Yang, 24. "Still I think this was a historic concert and I'm glad I've seen him."
One state-run newspaper, The Global Times, a popular tabloid run by Communist Party mouthpiece The People's Daily, sniffed that Dylan had nothing to say to the man on the street in China.
"The subject of Dylan's songs, from drugs to racial equality to human dignity to war, are not on the radar of the average Chinese person, who is more interested in taking care of his or her family," it wrote in its English language edition.
However, American studies professor Teng Jimeng said Dylan's musical messages of justice and world peace were just as meaningful today as when he first sang them.
"Dylan is still relevant to us because...Blowing in the Wind is an anti-war song and also Hard Rain's Gonna Fall is an anti war song," Teng said. "And Dylan means a lot to us still because the world is still at war."
"Baobo Dilun," as he is known in Chinese, will also perform in China's commercial capital Shanghai later in the week.
China's censors are notoriously sensitive not just to subversive political content, but also references to sex, drugs and religion.
In 2006, Beijing demanded The Rolling Stones exclude five of their racier numbers for their first show in China, including "Brown Sugar" and Let's Spend the Night Together, due to lyrics deemed too risque for mild-mannered Chinese.
Visits by Western singers and bands to China are still fairly rare, though increasing.
Their shows don't always go off smoothly.
In 2008, Icelandic singer Bjork shouted "Tibet! Tibet!" at a Shanghai concert after performing her song Declare Independence, angering the government and local fans alike.
But Dylan's words were lost on many in the crowd.
"He has songs the government could consider sensitive? Really?" asked Xiao Shu, 36. "I just like the music."
Боба Дилана упрекнули в предательстве китайского художника
Правозащитники раскритиковали Боба Дилана за то, что он не произнес речь в поддержку китайского художника Ая Вэйвэя во время своего концерта в Пекине, сообщает ContactMusic. Недовольство поведением музыканта, в частности, выразили представители организации Human Rights Watch.
Боб Дилан впервые в своей карьере дал концерт в столице КНР 6 апреля. Во время шоу он обращался к публике лишь единожды, когда представлял зрителям своих музыкантов. По мнению представителя Human Rights Watch Брэда Адамса, своим молчанием Дилан буквально предал Вэйвэя, чье задержание правозащитники и представители мира искусства сочли политически мотивированным.
Адамс заявил, что если бы Дилан оказался на месте китайского художника, ему непременно захотелось бы, что бы в его адрес прозвучали слова поддержки. Как подчеркнул правозащитник, американский музыкант, известный своими песнями протестного содержания, не подверг бы себя никакому риску, если бы решился на речь.
Сам Боб Дилан пока никак не прокомментировал свое выступление в Пекине. 8 апреля. в пятницу, американский музыкант выступит в Шанхае.
Ая Вэйвэя задержали 3 апреля. После этого несколько дней о нем не было никакой информации. Вскоре агентство "Синьхуа" сообщило, что художник находится под следствием по подозрению в экономических преступлениях.
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Sign of the times
Or why you should catch the Bob Dylan gig
WHEN one is offered the chance to hop on a plane to catch a Bob Dylan gig, one doesn't say no. Well, I certainly didn't.
Sure, his recent performance at the Grammys was … Let's just say it was less than the stellar quality one would expect from someone of Dylan's stature. But this is the guy who wrote seminal songs like Blowin' In The Wind, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Mr Tambourine Man and All Along The Watchtower.
The 11-time Grammy-winner has been called "the best lyricist in the world" by producer Jeff Lynne, who, along with Dylan, was in the '80s "supergroup", The Traveling Wilburys. And Lynne's probably right.
"This is quite a historic event," said Timbre co-founder Danny Loong - who will be bringing Dylan to Singapore for the Timbre Rock & Roots music festival on Friday - as our plane taxied in to Ho Chi Minh's airport.
Loong wasn't far wrong. This was the first concert in Vietnam - where international big-name acts have traditionally not been allowed to perform - by the legendary 69-year-old folk singer, whose songs became peace anthems during the 1960s anti-Vietnam War movement. It also marked 50 years since Dylan's first major performance.
So yes, it's a big deal.
I heard 10,000 whisperin'
Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, as it was previously called, is famous for a lot of things - mostly war-related.
It's home to tourist attractions such as the Reunification Palace, the famous Rex and Caravelle hotels which were lodgings for war correspondents during the Vietnam war, and, well, the girlie bars that offered some R&R for servicemen during said war (not that it looks to be any different today).
It's also one of the stops in Dylan's 2011 tour - which incidentally is considered by fans as part of his Never Ending Tour that began in 1988.
The Asia-Pacific leg kicked off in China with concerts in Beijing and Shanghai. And, as was typical of Dylan, he immediately drew controversy. After apparently banning a concert by Dylan last year, the Chinese government reportedly only agreed to a performance of songs vetted by their censors.
(The Chinese authorities have been wary of foreign performers, partly because of Icelandic singer Bjork's showing of support for Tibetan independence at her 2008 concert in Shanghai.)
But if anybody thought Dylan would take the high road of artistic integrity, they would have been wrong.
Dylan agreed to the terms. Obvious politically charged songs like The Times They Are A-Changin' and Blowing In The Wind would not be performed. (Although it's not clear if those songs were even submitted to the authorities in the first place.)
His acquiescence was criticised by Human Rights Watch in the United States, which said "Dylan should be ashamed of himself".
"The young Dylan wouldn't have let a government tell him what to sing," Brad Adams, executive director of the organisation's Asia division said in a statement. "He has a historic chance to communicate a message of freedom and hope, but instead he is allowing censors to choose his playlist."
There were mumblings that the same rules applied to Dylan's gig here in Vietnam, although concert promoter Rod Quinton, who runs Saigon Sound System, had told correspondents that no restrictions had been imposed to the lengthy song list submitted.
The Times, They Are A-Changin'
Ironically, the Dylan management themselves issued some restrictions: No press time, no press photographers at the concert.
According to the grapevine, some photographers had flouted the "no flash" rule when it came to concert photography, and the Dylan camp weren't amused.
To be honest, we weren't too happy about this development. I mean, we did fly all this way here. But did we take the artistic high road and say, "Well, we are not agreeable to those terms"? Nah.
Heck, if the singer/songwriter/poet/artist didn't, who were we to do so? Besides, this was Bob Dylan - in Vietnam. Take the darn camera.
The historic night began with a performance by several of Vietnam's top singers and musicians, who commemorated the 10th anniversary of the death of anti-war Vietnamese folk singer Trinh Cong Son, also known as the "Bob Dylan of Vietnam".
"Bob Dylan's music opened up a path where music was used as a weapon to oppose the war in Vietnam and fight injustice and racism," Tran Long An, 67, vice president of the Vietnam Composers' Association told the Associated Press. "That was the big thing that he has done for music."
According to AP, Tran was a student during the war and took to the streets with other Communist sympathisers calling for the killing to stop. He remains a big Dylan fan and has a large collection of the singer's records.
Then came the rumbling. Or should I say, grumbling.
During the opening set for Trinh, spectators got annoyed that a bunch of people had stood up at the front of the stage, blocking their view. Cries of "sit down!" and "Sit! Sit! Sit!" issued from the back.
"Did they think to come to a Bob Dylan concert and sit down?" asked one concertgoer standing near me. Her companion laughed until they saw plastic cups sailing through the air, launched by the angry people at the back. I was on my butt - pronto.
When that still didn't get the front row guys to sit down, some concertgoers pushed their way forward to confront these errant folk. Arguments ensued. My companions whom I met at the concert started mapping out escape routes in case things got ugly.
Don't think twice, it's alright
Thankfully, a collective cheer went up when Dylan took to the stage with his band (which, incidentally, featured critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Charlie Sexton on guitar). But if people thought they were going to be treated to a slew of familiar favourites, they thought wrong.
It wasn't until six songs in that Dylan unleashed his first golden oldie, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, which had been so dramatically changed, not many recognised it until he got to the chorus. The same went for songs like Like A Rolling Stone, Tangled Up In Blue, All Along The Watchtower and Highway 61 Revisited.
To be sure, the singer's voice isn't quite what it was. He's given the term "gravelly" new meaning. But you don't go to a Dylan gig expecting him to sound like Michael Buble, do you?
What was surprising though was Dylan's musicianship. I had not seen him play live, so my impression of a Dylan show was of somebody who just sang, played acoustic guitar and the harmonica. That was it.
However, Dylan showed his blues roots - and his liking for Little Richard - when he spent more than half the time at the keyboards, playing riffs and solos. He also showed his guitar virtuosity when he ran through several solos on his electric guitar.
And, yes, he whipped out his harmonica.
Of course, there were those who whined that he didn't communicate with the audience. Well, he did. He introduced the band. And smiled at the crowd - twice.
It was almost poetically Dylan-esque, I suppose, that his show, with the updated renditions, reflected the changes Vietnam is going through, with its numerous construction sites and shifts in social and political sentiment. The times, they are indeed a-changin'.
Should you watch the Bob Dylan gig in Singapore? Well, to quote Hoang Dao Cam, a 42-year-old who flew from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh: "The chances of watching Bob Dylan live are not many, and he's no longer young." (Ironic, considering the last song of the night was Forever Young.)
Hoang said his father had taught him English when he was six years old by singing Blowin' In The Wind. "I just cannot miss this opportunity."