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2016

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Michael Moore: Bob Dylan Loved 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

February 2, 2016

About 10 months after Michael Moore's 2004 documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, hit theaters, the filmmaker travelled up to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, to check out a Bob Dylan concert. "We were about five rows...

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Sing 'Hamilton' Track as McCartney, Bowie

January 21, 2016

Jimmy Fallon unleashed a torrent of impersonations from Paul McCartney to Michael Jackson to Bono while singing "You'll Be Back" from the musical Hamilton, as part of the Broadway show's digital Ham4Ham series. As Vulture notes, Ham4Ham...

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Sing 'Hotline Bling' as Bob Dylan

January 14, 2016

Jimmy Fallon reprised his famous Sixties troubadour character, Bob Dylan, on The Tonight Show Wednesday, croaking through a harmonica-laden rendition of Drake's "Hotline Bling." Set up in front of a camera slathered in gauze and clad...

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Bob Dylan's 'Desire': An 'Exotic' Masterpiece Turns 40

January 5, 2016

Country singer Emmylou Harris had no idea what she was in for the day she arrived at Columbia Studios to sing backup on her first Bob Dylan session. Harris had just received the lyrics to "Romance in Durango" and was practicing when she realized...

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Unpacking Dylan's Massive, Overlooked 1965 Live Archive

January 8, 2016

It is never a good time to be a shelf in the home of a rapacious Bob Dylan collector — as if there were any other kind — for you will buckle under the strain of the most recent "gotta have it" box set heaped upon your back. The latest...

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Year in Review: Adele Stands Alone, EDM Is Not Dead and More

December 31, 2015

1. Adele Is the Exception to Every RuleHow can the record business survive? "Put good records out," said Richard Russell, head of British label XL. "That's it." Adele, the star of his label, took this advice to heart in late November, selling a mind-blowing...

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Inside the Restoration of Dylan Doc 'Don't Look Back'

November 27, 2015

D.A. Pennbaker still remembers the man with the wiry gray hair and the sunglasses, sitting across from him in his office and posing an innocent enough question. "He asked, 'Would you like to come along on a tour with my client? His name is Bob Dylan.'...

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Remembering Bob Dylan's Pioneering Producer Tom Wilson

November 4, 2015

The Velvet Underground rarely played offices, but Lou Reed and John Cale made at least one exception about 50 years ago. Hauling Reed's guitar, Cale's electric viola, and an amp into Columbia Records' midtown headquarters, the two set up in an executive's...

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Watch Bob Dylan's Lyrics Evolve Take by Take

October 26, 2015

When Rap Genius launched in 2009, its sole mission was to annotate hip-hop lyrics. But last year, it changed its name to Genius and dramatically broadened its scope to include all forms of music along with television shows, literature, movies and...

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Go Behind the Scenes of Bob Dylan's 'Highway 61' Cover

October 13, 2015

The next installment of Bob Dylan's epic Bootleg Series, The Cutting Edge 1965–1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12, zeroes in on Dylan's early electric period, presenting dozens of outtakes from the albums Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61...

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Inside Bob Dylan's Massive New Sixties Bootleg Series Trove

September 24, 2015

Between January 1965 and February 1966, Bob Dylan wrote and recorded his first three electric albums, breaking from folk music and forever changing the course of his career and of rock itself. And as his exhaustive new studio-outtakes box set reveals,...

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Bob Dylan and Levon Helm Collaborators Step Into Spotlight

September 17, 2015

In the mid-Eighties, Teresa Williams came to New York City as a young country singer to play a gig at the Bottom Line. The venue supplied her with a pick-up band, and one musician in particular caught her ear: "He was playing pedal steel, and he was doing...

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Watch Rare Bob Dylan Footage in 'Tom Thumb's Blues' Video

December 5, 2015

To mark the arrival of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966 as well as the restored release of Dont Look Back, rare footage from Bob Dylan's 1965 and 1966 European tours, filmed by director D.A. Pennebaker, has been pieced together to...

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Mix Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' on New Site

November 6, 2015

Bob Dylan released his new deluxe set The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966 on Friday, examining the making of three of his greatest LPs – Bringing It Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde – with two,...

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See Dylan Photographer Explain 'Blonde on Blonde' Cover

October 27, 2015

On November 6th, The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 — the latest installment in Bob Dylan's sprawling Bootleg Series — will tell the complete sonic story of the songwriter's initial trilogy of electric albums: Bringing It All Back...

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John Berg, Art Director for Springsteen, Dylan, Dead at 83

October 13, 2015

John Berg, the art director for Columbia Records who designed classic LP covers for Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sly Stone and more, died of pneumonia at his home in New York, The New York Times reports. He was 83. Berg worked on over 5,000 records...

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See How Bob Dylan Made 'Bringing It All Back Home' Cover

September 29, 2015

This past March marked the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's landmark album Bringing It All Back Home, which contained his first electric recordings and the singles "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Maggie's Farm." Its album cover featured an intriguing...

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Kinky Friedman Talks Music, Texas and a Trump/Sanders Ticket

September 22, 2015

"I'm just concerned that we're both going to hell," Kinky Friedman says, answering the phone on the morning of Rosh Hashanah. "I guess if we're practicing Jews, we need to practice a little more." At 70, Kinky Friedman has lived several lifetimes –...

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Flashback: Dylan and Clapton Sing 'Don't Think Twice'

September 15, 2015

For the past sixteen years, Eric Clapton has funded his Crossroads drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Antigua with a series of all-star benefit concerts. The shows have mostly spotlighted guitar icons like Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana...

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