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15 Great Artists Influenced by Joni Mitchell

June 22, 2016

"The Blue album, there's hardly a dishonest note in the vocals," Joni Mitchell told Rolling Stone in 1979. "At that period of my life, I had no persona defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no...

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Watch Bob Dylan Jam on Cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 'Free Bird'

June 11, 2016

"Free Bird!" someone from the back of the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California yelled Thursday night. Bob Dylan and his band responded accordingly. The legendary folk singer, who turned 75 last month, closed the evening's performance...

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Flashback: See Johnny Cash Sing 'Wanted Man' at San Quentin

June 9, 2016

By the mid-1960s, renegade country singer Johnny Cash's personal and professional lives were becoming increasingly erratic. His record sales were in a slump, his addiction to prescription pills helped destroy his first marriage to Vivian Liberto, mother...

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Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Bob Dylan Covers

June 8, 2016

Very few artists in rock history have seen more of their songs covered than Bob Dylan. It began in 1963 when "Blowin' In The Wind" became a standard song recorded by everyone from Peter, Paul and Mary to Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder. During the next few...

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Bob Dylan on Muhammad Ali: 'The Most Excellent of Men'

June 5, 2016

Bob Dylan, a longtime admirer of Muhammad Ali and the sport of boxing, has penned a tribute to the legendary fighter. "If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest,"...

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'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan': Inside His First Classic

May 27, 2016

"I wrote a lot of songs in a quick amount of time," said Bob Dylan of the creative explosion that resulted in his second album, 1963's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. "I could do that then, because the process was new to me. I felt like I'd discovered...

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100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

May 24, 2016

As Bob Dylan turns 75, he shows no signs of slowing down. The American icon is gearing up for a summer tour with longtime friend Mavis Staples and has just released Fallen Angels, his 37th LP and second straight Sinatra-inspired album of American...

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Fallen Angels

May 19, 2016

Dylan plumbs his good ideas fully: consider the mid-'60s rock'n'roll speed-trial of Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On Blonde, or his fin de siècle roots trilogy Time Out of Mind, Love and Theft, and Modern...

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Remembering Bob Dylan's Infamous 'Judas' Show

May 17, 2016

On May 16th, 1966, Bob Dylan released Blonde on Blonde, arguably the best album of his career. The next day, he would be in Manchester, England, for a concert at the Free Trade Hall, the 11th date of the European leg of his world tour. Dylan...

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Old Crow Medicine Show Take On Bob Dylan: The Ram Report

May 16, 2016

Released on May 16th, 1966, Bob Dylan's landmark album Blonde on Blonde was recorded in Nashville after some lackluster New York sessions. The album and its legacy helped open the floodgates for rock performers coming to Nashville to record...

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Old Crow Medicine Show Does Dylan at Rousing Nashville Show

May 13, 2016

Ground-breaking string band Old Crow Medicine Show tipped their hats to one of music's greatest innovators last night (May 12), performing Bob Dylan’s watershed Blonde on Blonde album in its entirety for the first of a two-night stand at the Country...

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What Makes Bob Dylan's Weirdest Album 'Self Portrait' Great

June 8, 2016

In the spring of 1970, anticipation for Bob Dylan's next album was through the roof. He hadn't released a note of new music since Nashville Skyline 14 months earlier. His upcoming album was going to be his first double LP since Blonde on Blonde, and it...

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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Bob Dylan Cover?

June 3, 2016

Bob Dylan may have turned 75 last month, but he's hardly slowing down. His Never Ending Tour picks up this week with a pair of shows in Woodinville, Washington and he'll be on the road steadily through mid-July, and then back again in October for...

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Remembering Bob Dylan and John Lennon's Wild '66 Limo Ride

May 27, 2016

By May 1966, John Lennon and Bob Dylan had become the only serious candidates for the newly conceived "Spokesman of a Generation" title. At the height of their creative powers, each of the men sought to break free from their own reputations...

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Watch Kesha Cover Bob Dylan's 'I Shall Be Released'

May 24, 2016

Following her powerful appearance at the Billboard Music Awards, Kesha is continuing to celebrate Bob Dylan's 75th birthday by performing another cover of the folk pioneer's songs. The singer tackled Dylan's 1967 song "I Shall Be Released" at Dylan...

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Hear 75 Noteworthy Bob Dylan Covers for His 75th Birthday

May 24, 2016

Since Bob Dylan's 1962 debut, his music has transcended genre and generations. The list of musicians who have covered his music reads like a history of rock music itself: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed,...

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15 Legendary Unreleased Albums

May 18, 2016

Unreleased albums offer a tantalizing glimpse of an alternate rock universe just beyond our reach. Ultimately we're drawn to these tales not just for the music – which doesn't always live up to the hype – but because of the people who make...

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Inside 'Blonde on Blonde': Rock's First Great Double Album

May 16, 2016

"I was going at a tremendous speed... at the time of my Blonde on Blonde album," Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann S. Wenner in 1969. On Blonde on Blonde, all the tension and angst of Highway 61 Revisited and Bringing It All...

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'Blonde on Blonde' at 50: Celebrating Dylan's Greatest Album

May 16, 2016

Happy 50th birthday to Blonde on Blonde, the most mysterious, majestic and seductive of Bob Dylan albums – not to mention the greatest. Recorded fast with Nashville session cats who were used to grinding out country hits, Blonde on Blonde has...

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