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20 Best Reissues of 2014

December 18, 2014

Reissues are now, more and more, like airplane flights: an à la carte experience. Historical releases this year by Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young came in multiple iterations, with the level of bells, whistles and deep...

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Watch Bob Dylan Perform Private Concert for One Lucky Fan

December 13, 2014

Last month, one incredibly lucky Bob Dylan superfan named Fredrik Wikingsson was treated to a private Dylan concert at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. That gig, with Wikingsson the only person in the audience, was part of a Swedish film series...

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Bob Dylan Will 'Uncover' Frank Sinatra Classics on New Album

December 9, 2014

After months of rumors, Bob Dylan has finally announced the details of his upcoming record Shadows in the Night. Produced by Dylan under his longtime pseudonym Jack Frost, the album features 10 songs popularized by Frank Sinatra, including "Autumn...

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Bob Dylan Closes 2014 Tour With Masterful Beacon Theatre Gig

December 4, 2014

Bob Dylan's recent concerts have been scattershot affairs. Many nights are sublime, but on others he appears to be phoning it in, growling his way through old hits and leaving most everyone but hardcore fans struggling to figure out even the title of...

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Lyrics of Two Unrecorded Bob Dylan Songs Heading to Auction

November 30, 2014

The lyric sheets of two unrecorded Bob Dylan songs, typed out with handwritten annotations by Dylan himself, will hit the auction block at Christie's on December 4th. The folk legend's original four-page manuscript for "Talkin Folklore Center,"...

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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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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,...

Album Review

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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Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Protest Songs of All Time

December 3, 2014

The Ferguson grand jury's recent decision not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown kicked off a storm of protest all across America. Because of this, we figured it was a good time to poll our readers and determine...

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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...

Album Review

The Art of McCartney

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 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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