Perhaps one of the most important electric guitars in history, Les Paul's authentic Black Beauty 6-string sole for a surprising $335,500 at an auction in New York. The buyer was none other than the owner and chief executive of the Indianapolis Colts.
In an almost tear-jerking speech, Bob Dylan brought the MusiCares pre-Grammy event to its knees, knocking his dissenters and paying his respect to the people who gave him a stool to stand on. For Mr. Dylan, who rarely makes appearance if he isn't performing, this speech came almost 50 years in the making.
When you walk into Café Carlyle, it's clear that not just anyone can take the stage. It has to be SOMEBODY. Most recently, that somebody was the Great Lady of Soul, herself, Bettye LaVette.
For skeptics of Dylan's recent measure of work, his recent Frank Sinatra cover album, Shadows in the Night, has bode well with critics and fans alike. And in addition to the aging crooners release, too, he will also be giving away 50,000 albums to random AARP the Magazine subscribers.
It was announced a few days ago that Jimmy Carter would present Bob Dylan with the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year honor next month in Los Angeles -- but it's now been reported that the list has extended to include Bruce Springsteen, Jack White and more.
For now and eternity, there is something fascinating about Bob Dylan and the shroud he is disguised in. If you are into this sort of thing, there are some recordings of Dylan being an everyday Joe — that is, Ubuweb has unearthed some unprecedented audio that tells of an argument between the Tambourine Man and A.J. Weberman in 1971. It is an intricate conversation that concerns Dylan being misquoted during an interview — naturally — and that he was not attuned to it being an interview that was on the record. There is a tension, obviously, but if you are not in the know, Weberman became infamous for being a trash sleuth, often stealing sundries from the Tambourine Man's trash and selling them. Insane indeed, but these archival tapes are worth taking a listen to. There is a humbleness to hearing how Dylan describes himself, Johnny Cash and Albert Grossman, and he even shows his humility toward the security of his children.
It seems that with Dylan, there is an unhealthy obsession with deciphering the genius — cracking what is probably the Dylan Code. With his latest release, "The Basement Tapes Complete," and upcoming Sinatra cover album, "Shadows in the Night," it is a wonder if his talent can be taken as strictly musical. If you have read the first — and arguably only — installation of his autobiography, "Chronicles: Volume 1," even his own words are subject to a scavenger hunt to unveil that he ultimately lifted phrase, lines, even complete concepts from obscure texts, including one from Asia about a Mafioso — or hit man, by some accounts. But, as Joe Levy at Medium indicates, "The Basement Tapes" are of another dimension, another time and space occupied outside the realm of judgment. It was a big jam session, there were no clocks and there was no pressure of limitation. This pressure to unveil the "truth" of Dylan's iconography has stretched beyond fandom and poured into obsession. I mean, there was even a satirical write-up about his Christmas lights. There could be a "truth" hidden in the lights, absolutely.
The Warner Music Prize, in association with the Blavatnik Family Foundation, is a new concept and features a cash prize of $100,000 to be given to a "classical musician aged 18-35 who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise, regardless of any label affiliation."
Bob Dylan has been the man of the hour recently with his latest release, "The Basement Tapes Complete." But, it's been announced via the Tambourine Man himself that Feb. 3 will be the release date of the forthcoming Sinatra cover LP, "Shadows in the Night."
From Harvest records and sparing no expense at Dylan, The New Basement Tapes--comprised of Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford--release their first LP under the redundant moniker: Lost on the River.
A truly phenomenal talent, Boris Grebenshikov has helped pave the way for Russian rockers, practically coining the phrase himself. Noted as "The Bob Dylan of Russia," Grebenshikov and his band Aquarium has escaped the clutches of the Russian government with his valiant protest songs and literary excellence.
In keeping up to date with anything Bob Dylan, Philadelphia rockers The War on Drugs have added a new tune to their set-list and it is none other than Blood on the Tracks opener "Tangled Up in Blue."
It's like a breath of fresh air when an article about Bob Dylan is passed down and it isn't about cracking the code to his "inner being." Instead, a manuscript of Dylan's lyrics from 1962 to now, entitled "The Lyrics: Since 1962," is the latest from publishers Simon & Schuster.
Flamboyant organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter has been busy supporting his latest release "If You Could Read My Mind," which, on the week of its release, was the top-selling classical album in the U.S. Now, Mr. Carpenter takes to New York City's Town Hall on October 23.
We've written about her before, Barb Jungr and her latest interpretations of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen songs for her latest LP Hard Rain. Now, Jungr brings the songs to the 59e59 stage, performing songs from the disc to the public.