Did Keith Richards really hate David Bowie? That is a historical question that has never been definitively answered. When we cast our minds back to the glory days of rock ‘n’ roll, two of the most iconic and pioneering acts that stand out are The Rolling Stones and David Bowie.
Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan’s relationship is a fractured and complicated mess. Still, their admiration for one another on a solely artistic level will never waver, despite the barrage of insults that have been aired in public view over the decades. The two folk troubadours learned their craft during the cultural uprising of the ’60s, and their paths eventually crossed as Joni Mitchell progressed from an aficionado of Dylan to his undoubted peer.
“Hey, Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me, I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to…” – Bob Dylan. Just as a penchant for pink trousers is a prerequisite for the upper classes, you can’t make good music without an inherent love of the artform; like Tom without Jerry, one simply cannot exist without the other.
With a bumper bootleg album already on route, Bob Dylan has now announced that he will also be releasing a new seven-inch single with an unreleased version of the classic ‘Blind Willie McTell’. The track is one of many in Dylan’s back catalogue that inexplicably failed to make the final cut of an album, having been snubbed from the Infidels sessions, only to make it onto a Bootleg album and have people scratching their heads in wonderment.
The new release arrives later this month via Third Man Records Bob Dylan is gearing up to release a new seven-inch single featuring an unreleased version of ‘Blind Willie McTell’. The new vinyl will arrive on August 20 via Jack White‘s Third Man Records. Dylan’s original track initially emerged from the sessions for his 1983 album ‘Infidels’, but didn’t make the final album cut and a first version didn’t arrive until 1991, when it featured on ‘The Bootleg Series Volumes 1 – 3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991’.
After a stint working in advertising, Frank Zappa realised that modern music was “50 per cent” to do with the image. While that quota might be a little bit high, his sagacious mind had, nevertheless, identified a truth universally acknowledged within the industry’s backrooms but rarely amid consumers on the shop floor: that music is a product to be sold.
In 1991, at a live performance at Hershey, Pa, Neil Young covered Bob Dylan’s generation-defining political anthem ‘Blowin In The Wind’. Dylan’s songs have been performed by a countless array of musicians, from Jimi Hendrix to Avril Lavigne. But, for Young, Dylan was more than just a brilliant songwriter, he was a kindred spirit a source of inspiration.
There aren’t many people that have avoided the influence of the freewheelin’ troubadour, Bob Dylan. The singer-songwriter is such a behemoth of culture that to forget his contribution to pop music is to ignore his decades-long impact willfully. Any songwriter worth their salt would point to the “voice of his generation” as a talent to be revered and studied.
Dylan's lawyer said the "lawsuit was a sad attempt to profit off the recent catalog sale" Bob Dylan has prevailed in a royalty lawsuit against the estate of late songwriter Jacques Levy. The estate of the co-writer of Dylan’s 1976 album ‘Desire’ was handed a defeat on Friday (July 30) in a lawsuit against Dylan and Universal Music Group which hoped to establish co-ownership of the songs that Levy had a hand in.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember when Van Morrison was a musician rather than a conspiracy theorist. Seeing icons fall from grace is always a harrowing sight to witness, but this gorgeous duet of ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ with Bob Dylan is a reminder of a more amicable time in Van’s life.
Musician’s lawyer called lawsuit a ‘sad attempt to unfairly profit’ from recent catalogue sale Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese Bob Dylan has won a judgement in the lawsuit filed by the estate of his late songwriting partner Jacques Levy, which claimed ownership over 35 per cent of the songs they wrote together.
New York judge rules Jacques Levy and his descendants are only entitled to compensation under a deal signed in 1975 A judge in New York ruled in Bob Dylan’s favour on Friday in a lawsuit over profits from the $300m sale last year of the Nobel laureate’s song catalogue to Universal Music.
Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan, Royal Opera House, review: This return to live music felt raggedy and slapdash
This was the first time Hynde has been able to perform her Dylan covers album on stage. It was wonderful to return to live music, but this show felt under-rehearsed and out of sync We’ve spent a lot of time these last 18 months “standing in the doorway”, barred from entering.
Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan, Covent Garden, review: perfect songs and a voice that just keeps getting better
The Great Pretender treated the Royal Opera House audience to an evening of punk attitude and first-rate music-making Chrissie Hynde wasn’t exactly dressed for a night at the opera. The great Pretender strode onto the huge stage at the Royal Opera House dressed in her regulation rock and roll outfit: shiny knee-length fake-leather boots, tight jeans, red belt, black T-shirt and enough eye make-up to start an ancient-Egyptian cult.
There was a time when conspiracy theories were light and harmless little musings to fill the sort of hungover mornings when your brain needs to be simultaneously sedated and stimulated. Today, we’d like to get back to those simpler times, by examining the details behind what some people claim was the worst motorbike accident to never happen, featuring none other than Bob Dylan.
“Versace designs have always been bootlegged. Now it’s Versace bootlegging the bootleg for the bootleggers to bootleg the bootleg.” — M.I.A. The beauty of the bootleg or rarity, and, in turn, this article with a bit of luck, is that they can creep out from the shadows of your favourite artists back catalogues as a brand new song, just like a birthday gift that got lost in the post.
Why is everyone always calling Bob Dylan scruffy? Granted, he’s no James Bond but the stick he has received for his sartorial style over the years seems unfair. Even when Joan Baez described first meeting Dylan on Desert Island Discs, she referred to him as a scruffy little fellow.
Tickets for the gig on Saturday, April 16, 2022, go on sale this Friday at 10am. Welsh rockers The Alarm will headline the Roadmender next year as part of the band’s 40th anniversary headline tour. Formed in the early 1980s, their debut single Unsafe Building, was a mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals – inviting the enduring description of ‘Bob Dylan meets The Clash’.
When Bon Iver first arrived on the scene with ‘Skinny Love’, he was greeted by a slew of comparisons to folk greats. But beyond the comparisons was the question on every beanie-wearing folk renaissance hipster was: Who broke this Geography teachers’ heart? Why?