Tuesday’s a big day for halls of fame, apparently: Earlier, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their latest inductees—a group that included Ringo Starr and Lou Reed—and just a bit later, the Grammys released the details of their own batch of new inductees.
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Frank Sinatra’s swanky brand of swing is about to get a growly makeover courtesy of Bob Dylan. READ FULL STORY
Larry Charles shared a fascinating story about the one time Bob Dylan got so obsessed with Jerry Lewis comedies that he decided to pitch his own slapstick comedy show for HBO, starring himself.
In recent years, the once-radical Bob Dylan has increasingly embraced rootsy American traditionalism. It makes a lot of sense, then, that the 73-year-old’s first record since 2012’s Tempest—excluding his latest archival releases—would be a covers album honoring classic musicians, some of whom predate him. READ FULL STORY
Prior to next year’s Grammy Awards, 10-time winner Bob Dylan will be honored with a tribute concert as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year.
The 25th annual event will take place Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, two days before the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Performers for the concert will include Beck, the Black Keys, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, and Neil Young, who received the award himself in 2010. The evening will be musical directed by Grammy and Emmy-winning producer Don Was with more expected to be announced shortly. READ FULL STORY
Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyric sheet for “Like a Rolling Stone” sold at a Sotheby’s auction earlier today for a record $2 million. Scrawled in pencil on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C. (“One block from The White House”), and crammed with annotations and sketches of, among other things, a hat and a chicken, Dylan’s cryptic poem would eventually be shaped into a shambolic, six-minute-long pop epic that would become not only an unlikely worldwide hit, but one of rock music’s most influential compositions. It would go on to be covered by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Michael Bolton.
The final price is nearly double the previous record for lyric sheets sold at auction. The previous record holder was John Lennon’s handwritten contribution to the Beatles’ “A Day In the Life” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which sold for $1.2 million back in 2010.
French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
The charges of “public insult and inciting hate” were filed against the musician in mid-November, Paris prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said Tuesday. READ FULL STORY
Ever have one of those days when you’re flipping through a thousand TV channels and it just seems like everything starts to blur together?
In the new interactive music video for Bob Dylan’s 1965 classic “Like A Rolling Stone” that’s exactly what happens. As the song plays in the background, you can watch everyone from Drew Carey on The Price is Right set to the Property Brothers lip-sync seamlessly.
The video can be seen on Dylan’s website here to promote “The Complete Album Collection Volume One”, a hardcover box set of all of Dylan’s 41 albums, including two CDs of songs not included on the original albums, as well as rare photos and extensive liner notes.
Joel and Ethan Coen could not have picked a better time to make Inside Llewyn Davis, their hard-to-spell tribute to the folk rock of the 1960s that has come back to dominate the rock landscape in the 21st century.
As a tie-in to the film and a fundraiser for the National Recording Preservation Foundation, Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, and the Avett Brothers will perform at a special concert at New York’s Town Hall on September 29. The concert was put together by legendary producer and Inside Llewyn Davis music supervisor T Bone Burnett.
“We decided to do a concert to bring together the community that had done the music,” Burnett told the New York Times. “So there would be some synergy between the music and the film.”
Burnett also wanted to bridge the gap between old school and new school, which is why the lineup includes upstarts like Conor Oberst, Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, as well as Patti Smith and Gillian Welch. There will also be a performance by Oscar Isaac, who plays the title character in the film, which is loosely based around the story of folkie Dave Van Ronk. (The concert will not feature Inside Llewyn Davis actor Justin Timberlake, who’s scheduled to be in London that day.)
Inside Llewyn Davis will be released in theaters on December 6, while the soundtrack—co-executive produced by Burnett and Mumford and featuring a never-released Bob Dylan track—will hit store shelves on November 12.
By now, you’ve probably combed through Entertainment Weekly‘s All Time Greatest issue, which features our humble picks for the 100 best albums ever made. (Within certain paremeters—the lack of jazz or, you know, Beethoven should have tipped you off to the list’s limitations.)
Though I’m proud of the amount of hip-hop, R&B, and pop featured on the final tally of 100, the list is dominated by rock albums. That’s to be expected, as rock music (and particularly the albums made by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan) set the template for what an album was and what it could be, and there have been few variations on that template since the ’60s. (For all its forward-thinking and genre-hopping, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is structured and paced an awful lot like a Beatles LP.)
Plus, traditional rock music had a few decades’ worth of a jump on other genres we incorporated into our list, so Rubber Soul and Blonde On Blonde have had an extra 20 years to constantly re-entrench themselves, while the legacies of the first wave of great hip-hop albums are only now just being established.
But another pattern emerged as we were putting the list together: As we considered newer albums to incorporate into the conversation, fewer and fewer of them were rock albums. READ FULL STORY
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