The Dead Straight Guide to Bob Dylan by Nigel WilliamsonJournalist: Doesn’t it ever get tiring singing the same song over and over again?
Dylan: No, it doesn’t.
This is a great one stop shop for anyone wanting to get to grips with the vastness that is Dylan. He’s the most recorded rock artist of all time, maybe excepting Frank Zappa. And 90% of his output is either good or great. (10% is really crap. Ugh.) And even on his worst albums there will be something wonderful (Brownsville Girl on Knocked Out Loaded). Nigel Williamson is a long time British fan and music writer and does an absolutely great job here. The biography section and the albums section go right up to this year, and the albums section at last weaves in to the chronological story all the myriad Bootleg Series & other archive releases.
Also, the photos are great, including the as stoned as it’s possible to be and keep upright 1966 pic on the cover.
Even though I have a ton of other Bob books this is one I will be dipping into many times. I have been dipping away for about three weeks now.
That’s the review. Five stars.
Now comes a bit of a perplexing downer, so you can skip this, but in case anyone’s interested here I go.
There’s a section called I Shan’t Be Released all about bootlegs. If you want to be comprehensive you have to check out bootlegs of Bob, of course. But in this section we find in the list of 15 must-own Bob boots The Gaslight Tapes, The Witmark Demos and the Complete Basement Tapes. Now, these items have been officially released and are reviewed in the albums section.
Oops! Didn’t anyone notice? Or did Nigel Williamson cut & paste this section from an earlier guide, say the 2006 Rough Guide to Bob Dylan which he also wrote, or one of his myriad articles in rock mags? I see that the text is copyrighted 2007 to 2015. And I suspect there may be other cut & pasted sections too, like the books section. It’s not such a big deal, but in a book this meticulous and otherwise excellent it’s a real clanger. Sorry Nigel!
Suze Rotolo : How many verses does this one have Bob?
BOB DYLAN "LENNY BRUCE IS DEAD" STUNNING LIVE PERFORMANCE REMASTERED 2018
Before Dylan, as Wald extensively establishes, there was Pete Seeger. But before Dylan met Guthrie — literally on Guthrie's deathbed — young Bobby Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minnesota, wanted to be a rock and roller. Dylan heard Buddy Holly play in Minnesota just three days before that plane crash in Iowa.
BOB DYLAN is not DEAD!!
While attending college, he began performing folk and country songs, taking the name "Bob Dylan. Dylan has continued to tour and release new studio albums, including Together Through Life , Tempest , Shadows in the Night and Fallen Angels He and his younger brother David were raised in the community of Hibbing, where he graduated from Hibbing High School in Driven by the influences of early rock stars like Elvis Presley , Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard whom he used to imitate on the piano at high school dances , the young Dylan formed his own bands, including the Golden Chords, as well as a group he fronted under the pseudonym Elston Gunn. In , Bob dropped out of college and moved to New York, where his idol, the legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie , was hospitalized with a rare hereditary disease of the nervous system. He visited with Guthrie regularly in his hospital room; became a regular in the folk clubs and coffeehouses of Greenwich Village; met a host of other musicians; and began writing songs at an astonishing pace, including "Song to Woody," a tribute to his ailing hero. In the fall of , after one of his performances received a rave review in The New York Times , he signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, at which point he legally changed his surname to Dylan.
However the September report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented year-old singer, songwriter, musician and poet was dead.
Bob Dylan born Robert Allen Zimmerman ; May 24, is an American singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the s, when songs such as " Blowin' in the Wind " and " The Times They Are a-Changin' " became anthems for the civil rights movement and anti-war movement. His lyrics during this period incorporated a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences, defied pop-music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture. Following his self-titled debut album in , which mainly comprised traditional folk songs , Dylan made his breakthrough as a songwriter with the release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan the following year. In and , Dylan encountered controversy when he adopted electrically amplified rock instrumentation, and in the space of 15 months recorded three of the most important and influential rock albums of the s: Bringing It All Back Home , Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde The six-minute single " Like a Rolling Stone " has been described as challenging and transforming the "artistic conventions of its time, for all time.
It's been almost 50 years to the day that a rumor about Paul McCartney being killed in a car crash was first circulated, and now there is another false report about a rock legend having died. Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, had somehow believed that Bob Dylan had died 11 years ago. The story comes via Vice , who posted a screenshot where someone had asked Siri how old Bob Dylan was. The response was, "Bob Dylan died April 24, at age 66," with a brief bio that also said he was dead. Vice updated the news to say that whatever caused the mistake had been fixed. Not only did Dylan not die in , but it was a typically active year for him as a live act, with Setlist.
Robert Hunter, the man behind the poetic and mystical words for many of the Grateful Dead's finest songs, has died at age The family did not release a cause of death. Although proficient on a number of instruments including guitar, violin, cello and trumpet, Hunter never appeared on stage with the Grateful Dead during the group's year run that ended with the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, his principal songwriting partner. When he did attend the group's concerts, he was content to either stand to the side of the stage or, better yet, sit anonymously in the audience. It was in the latter location, he told The Associated Press in , that he received his greatest songwriting compliment, from a man who had no idea who he was.