Interesting and strongly-expressed reflections from Bob Cohen (formerly of the New World Singers and a friend of Dylan’s back in the day) at Ron Radosh’s blog.
From Larry Epstein at The Best American Poetry, his account of the story as told by the late Mark Eastman, of the first time that Dylan made the trip to Greystone Hospital to meet Woody Guthrie.
I think it’s actually too much to look at every interesting bit of Bob Dylan’s 2009 Rolling Stone interview all at once, so let’s do it piecemeal. One of the most amusing parts is what may go down in Dylan-lore (whatever that is) as “The Sarkozy Incident.” Bob Dylan was performing in Paris on April 7th while Douglas Brinkley was tagging along to conduct his interview, and so we get a glimpse at something that may happen much more often than we know, i.e., a political leader heading backstage at a Dylan show for an audience with the man himself. The story of what went down when President Nicolas Sarkozy (the conservative French leader) and his wife Carla Bruni met Dylan is conveyed in different parts in the print interview and the online outtakes. And here’s the gist: (… continue reading …)
It’s in the new print issue of Rolling Stone magazine. It obviously came out of the Douglas Brinkley interview, but it’s printed in another section, under “In The News.”
After three years and 100 episodes, Bob Dylan’s Sirius XM program “Theme Time Radio Hour” may be leaving the airwaves. “I stopped doing those shows a while ago, and then XM Radio was combined with another one,” Dylan tells Rolling Stone. “They want to renew. They’d like more shows. But I’m not so sure.”
So, he’s not sure. At RWB we say: Go ahead and renew, Bob. So many themes not yet covered, so much good music still to play. But que sera, sera.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Bob Dylan is headed for his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his “Together Through Life” looks like a shoo-in for a debut atop the list. Industry prognosticators suggest the Columbia set will sell over 100,000 copies in its first week of release.
Number one may not be what it used to be, but nevertheless: Happy 68th birthday, Bob.
The new Rolling Stone interview with Bob Dylan conducted by author Douglas Brinkley — which consists of varying content in the print magazine versus the online “outtakes” — has a whole bunch of funny and delightful and interesting bits. So much so, that it calls for a mega-post to deal with it, which I’m not up to doing at this moment. But from where we sit at RWB HQ, we would be remiss if we did not immediately highlight the passage in the print interview where the name of former president George W. Bush comes up. (… continue reading …)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Bob Dylan’s new album Together Through Lifeis in the stores and in my dirty little hands, and it’s at least as dynamite a record as this listener anticipated it would be. It’s also such a gift. Who’d have thought that in 2009 we’d be listening to a new Bob Dylan album like this? Not little ol’ me — not 20 years ago, and not 10 years ago. (… continue reading …)
Monday, April 27, 2009
Let’s put them in charge of our health care!
The terror scare in lower Manhattan today was allegedly the result of a clandestine attempt by President Obama’s White House to “update its file photo of the president’s plane near the Statue of Liberty.” (… continue reading …)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
There will be plenty to say about Dylan and his new album in the coming days, so, this Sunday, let’s step aside and let ol’ Leonard Cohen in for a change. The YouTube clip at right features a performance by Leonard, apparently from just yesterday, of his song Hallelujah. (… continue reading …)
Friday, April 24, 2009
Bob Dylan will be backed, on a summer tour of baseball parks, by Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. (… continue reading …)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Take a trip upon a magic swirling ship by clicking at right to hear Bob Dylan performing Mr. Tambourine Man in Florence, Italy a few nights ago. It’s a video shot from a great distance, so you can’t see much, but that helps the realism of the experience if you’re accustomed to sitting in the cheap seats.
There’s a little bit of follow-up on the previous post about why Bob Dylan continues to (… continue reading …)
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