Another addition to the Dylan canon has been announced by Bob himself: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a six-disc set that is essential for the most avid of Dylanologists.
"This is not rock 'n' roll. It's not pop music. It's not folk music; it's this sort of transcendental guitar music," Steve Lowenthal emphatically tells me over the phone. And, indeed, his new book, Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, details the style (and story) of perhaps this country's most influential "American primitive" guitarist.
Johnny Depp is a man of many hats (to put it lightly), and this time he finds his fit in an old '67 fedora, echoing Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes, playing guitar alongside Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello and My Morning Jacket's Jim James.
Gaga was quoted as saying, "You know, it's funny, but jazz comes a little more comfortable for me than pop music, than R&B music."
A while back Classicalite reported on an upcoming release from Dylan aficionado and performer Barb Jungr entitled Hard Rain.
It seems that in recent weeks all that has crossed my desk is Bob Dylan and something about "Dylanologists." Naturally, I was sucked in until the reading made me nauseous, the themes exhausting but more so the content--as it stacks to years and generations of meticulous probing to unveil a seemingly "truer" Bob Dylan--has become stale and dusty.
The Tambourine Man has been under scrutiny most of his career. Suspicions that he lifts from prominent and obscure texts isn't anything that doesn't come with the name, and he's never really denied it either.
Bob Dylan's handwritten, final manuscript on his stage-turning "Like a Rolling Stone" may fetch more money than any other piece of rock memorabilia, expecting to yield some $2 million at a Sotheby's auction.
The most disputed era of his career (a very popular opinion), Bob Dylan may not have seen the same love that found him from his, otherwise, successful music career. Recently, though, there seems to be resurgence of the big man in the '80s.
In keeping with the resurgence of Bob Dylan's unfairly maligned '80s period (thanks Spotify), some of his most misunderstood tracks are beginning to get some modern love. In concert, no less.
Ultimately, the '80s proved to be a lame duck decade for Dylan. No, the times were not entirely too kind to the Tambourine Man, and Dylanologists still regard the troubadour's Shot of Love and Knocked Out Loaded as lesser contributions to his canon. A recent Spotify playlist, however, is challenging that notion.
The idea was conceived with the notion that Alain Weber wanted "people like Dylan, people with the same spirit, poets in their own cultures. Some of them knew [Dylan's] music, some didn't."
When global strife hits the frontlines of the media, old musical traditions of a more immediate history come to life and are given a new breath of air to fit the times.
Hibbing, Minn. may not be a point of destination for hot commodities and carnal pleasures, but if you wanted to pay homage--with a 20 percent tip included--to Bob Dylan, you could have visited Zimmy's Dylan-themed restaurant, which will close its doors after 30 years of catering to Dylanologists across the world.
While The Onion remains the finest source for satire on all levels, the point their article playfully makes actually carries some weight. As the music industry becomes more saturated and even more digitized, songwriting, at this point in recorded time, is essentially an arm's race: fitter, happier and more productive.