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Bob Dylan Plays Concert for One Insanely Lucky Superfan

November 24, 2014

Yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. 41-year-old Bob Dylan superfan Fredrik Wikingsson walked into Philadelphia's Academy of Music, took a seat in the second row and prepared to watch his hero play a concert just for him. "At this point I still thought...

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See New Basement Tapes Bring Swinging Rockers to 'Kimmel'

November 20, 2014

My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens took turns leading the New Basement Tapes supergroup through two tracks on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night, performing both "Nothing to It" and "Duncan and Jimmy" along with...

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Various Artists 'The Art of McCartney' Album Review

November 19, 2014

It makes sense that Paul McCartney would inspire one of the most impressive tribute-album lineups ever assembled. This 42-song blowout has everything from Willie Nelson doing a raggedly loving "Yesterday" to Billy Joel crushing "Maybe I’m Amazed."...

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The New Basement Tapes Take 'Ellen' to 'Kansas City'

November 15, 2014

Just a few days after hitting The Tonight Show, the New Basement Tapes supergroup closed the week out on Friday by showcasing their lost Bob Dylan songs project on Ellen. The band, combining the talents of Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim...

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Stream Paul McCartney Covers by Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson

November 12, 2014

The 34-track entirety of The Art of McCartney, the compilation featuring a bevy of all-star musician covering songs Paul McCartney wrote with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist, is now streaming. Among them are Bob Dylan ("Things We Said Today"),...

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The New Basement Tapes Get 'Lost on the River'

November 11, 2014

Elvis Costello took the reins of the New Basement Tapes on The Tonight Show Monday night, leading the supergroup — which also features My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith and the Carolina...

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Bob Dylan Wanted to Record With the Beatles and Stones

November 7, 2014

Few figures in rock history have a more impressive résumé than Glyn Johns. Throughout the 1960s the producer/engineer worked on albums by the Rolling Stones (Beggars Banquet, Sticky Fingers, Let It Bleed), the Beatles (Let...

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The Murk and Mystique: Greil Marcus on 'The Basement Tapes'

November 5, 2014

"They've got it all," Garth Hudson said to me almost 20 years ago, when bootlegs collecting more than a hundred Basement Tapes performances were circulating. I was writing a book on the sessions; we were in his storage space in upstate New York,...

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The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

November 5, 2014

The greatest album Bob Dylan never intended to make – hours of blues, country, folk ballads and newly composed surrealism recorded as far off the grid as he could get in 1967 – has been a half-century in coming, arriving in waves of teasing...

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Bob Dylan Releasing New Album In 2015

October 31, 2014

Bob Dylan's upcoming covers disc Shadows In The Night is officially slated for a 2015 release, according to an ad inserted into advance copies of Dylan's new The Basement Tapes Complete box set. News of the LP first came in May when Dylan posted...

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See the Beatles, Bob Dylan Beatbox in Stunning Video

October 21, 2014

In Roy Kafri's innovative music video for "Mayokero," we discover what your album covers do when nobody's looking: They form an all-star beatboxing posse. The video seamlessly animates classic covers like the Beatles' Revolver, David Bowie's Aladdin Sane...

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Watch Dave Grohl's Surprise Rolling Stones, Dylan Cover

October 14, 2014

Hours after teaming up with Zac Brown for a quadruple-guitar cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" for Late Show With David Letterman, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins headed downtown to cover the Rolling Stones'...

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'The Art of McCartney': The Making of a Massive Tribute LP

November 13, 2014

Over the past two decades, producer Ralph Sall has assembled all-star albums honoring everything from Saturday-morning cartoon themes to the Grateful Dead. In 2003, he decided to embark on his biggest project yet: a massive Paul McCartney tribute record....

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Flashback: Bob Dylan Sings 'Dark Eyes' With Patti Smith

November 11, 2014

When Bob Dylan invited Patti Smith to serve as opening act on the final dates of his 1995 tour, he gave her a pretty amazing offer. "He gave me the opportunity to choose any song from his catalog and we could do it together," Smith said. "So I looked...

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Bob Dylan's 'Slapstick' Period Revealed

November 10, 2014

Producer and writer Larry Charles has revealed that he and Bob Dylan conceived a surrealist comedy series for HBO in the Nineties that never came to fruition. "He'd gotten deeply into Jerry Lewis, and he wanted to make a slapstick comedy," the TV vet...

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The Untold Story of Dylan's 'Basement Tapes': The New Issue

November 5, 2014

Forty-six years after Rolling Stone first alerted the world to the existence of Bob Dylan's secret Basement Tapes sessions, the complete recordings are finally getting a commercial release — and we're commemorating the occasion with a cover...

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8 Things We Learned Diving Into Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes'

November 5, 2014

The mystery is over: 47 years after they were recorded in a cinderblock-walled cellar near Woodstock, New York, Bob Dylan's much-circulated home recordings with the Band are finally being released in full. The six-disc The Basement Tapes Complete:...

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Bob Dylan's Rapping Grandson Returns

November 4, 2014

"When you're 15 years old and you want to do a mixtape, that's a great thing. But normally, you'd put it out and 50 people listen to it, not 500,000." In 2011, rapper-producer Pablo Dylan uploaded his debut mixtape 10 Minutes to SoundCloud. The...

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Watch Elvis Costello Lead a 'New Basement Tapes' Jam

October 30, 2014

Twenty-fourteen, it seems, is the year of the Basement Tapes. Recorded in 1967 and first reported in a 1968 Rolling Stone cover story, the legendary collaborations between Bob Dylan and the Band were partially released in 1975 and...

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Wavy Gravy Recounts His Bizarre, Star-Crossed Hippie Journey

October 17, 2014

In his 78 years on – for the most part – planet Earth, Wavy Gravy has traveled from the bottom of the Greenwich Village folk scene to the top of the Himalayas, emcee-ing the first Woodstock festival, hiring Lenny Bruce as his manager, rooming...

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