If there’s one thing rock stars like more than driving expensive cars into swimming pools while on angel dust, it’s writing tunes about how gosh darned unfair society can be. The history of the latter tendency is exhaustively tracked in British music writer Dorian Lynskey’s new tome, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holliday to Green Day, which is out this week.
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All-star Japan Relief album on iTunes now: Madonna, Gaga, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Eminem, U2, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and more contribute 38 hits to $9.99 comp
Dozens of the world’s best-known recording artists have come together for a digital-only album—downloadable today on iTunes for $9.99—with 100% of profits dedicated to relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Japan. (To preview or purchase, click here.)
Songs for Japan features 38 tracks, the majority of them well-known hits, from a remastered version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.”
Find a full tracklisting after the jump: READ FULL STORY
For the first time ever, Chinese officials are permitting legendary folk singer Bob Dylan to play the People’s Republic of China. The 69-year-old icon will be playing Beijing between March 30 and April 12, with a Shanghai date to follow, according to the Chinese Ministry of Culture.
Dylan was reportedly going to folk-rock Beijing and Shanghai last year until difficulties with the Ministry (perhaps too much red tape? HA!) and financial disputes with promoters led to a cancellation.
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Bob Dylan is putting pen to paper again. Crain’s New York Business reports that the great singer-songwriter has signed a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster. The deal would reportedly cover two more volumes of Dylan’s Chronicles memoir series, another book based on his Sirius XM satellite radio show, and three more unspecified books. READ FULL STORY
President Barack Obama says he listens to the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, and... Lil Wayne in Rolling Stone interview
Barack Obama can slide one thing off of his plate and focus on the other 99 he must accomplish. Obviously, he’s a busy guy. But even he finds time to sit back and soak in some tunes. In a new interview with Rolling Stone Obama was asked, for the hundredth time, what is on his iPod. He started of with his regular list of music’s icons.With the recession officially declared over, President
“I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff,” he said. “There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards.” He did, however, manage to sprinkle in some unexpected names in addition.
“A lot of classical music. I’m not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need,” he noted. “Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president's personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff.”
So by my tally, this is reason No. 249 why Barack Obama is the coolest president ever. Do you think Bush had an iPod with the kind of variety Obama’s boasts? Actually, do you even think Bush knew how to operate an iPod? What do you think of Barack’s selection? Let us know.
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Bob Dylan completists have something to look forward to this Oct. 19, when the ninth installment of his ongoing Bootleg Series arrives in stores. The Whitmark Demos: 1962-1964 will collect 47 rough takes the young Dylan recorded for his first two music publishers.
Along with early versions of well-known classics like “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” “Masters of War,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” the set will also collect 15 Dylan originals that never made it past the demo stage. A press release from Columbia Records says the demos feature Dylan “accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, harmonica and occasionally piano.” While surreptitious copies of many of these recordings have long circulated throughout the fan community, it’s still pretty cool that they’re being released in a legitimate format with liner notes after all these years.
As if that’s not enough Dylan for one day, Oct. 19 will also see the release of a box set with remastered mono versions of his first eight albums, from 1962′s Bob Dylan through 1967′s John Wesley Harding. If you have any Dylan-loving audiophiles in your life, here’s your chance to take care of some holiday gift shopping months in advance.
Will you be buying either of these offerings? Which Dylan demo are you most looking forward to hearing?
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how many roads a man must walk down before you can call him a man. But I do know how many years ago Bob Dylan was born. 69! Yes, it’s Mr. Zimmerman‘s birthday. Feel free to mark the occasion by reinterpreting the “Happy Birthday to You” song in a manner that renders it totally unrecognizable. It’s what Bob would want! (Alternatively, you can check out the great clip of “Like a Rolling Stone” that I’ve posted after the jump.) READ FULL STORYI’m still not entirely sure
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