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March 11 - 17, 2024

Seven Days in Bob Dylan

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The Week's Best News & Posts

  • A Complete Unknown’ Starts Production This Month (World of Reel) [3]
    • “Dylan actually approves of the film — he’s also an executive producer on it. Mangold revealed in Josh Horowitz’s Sad. Happy. Confused. podcast that the singer personally annotated the script for ‘A Complete Unknown’ and has been very supportive of it.”
  • Chalamet Photographed for First Time on Set of Bob Dylan Biopic (People) [3]
    • “Chalamet channeled Dylan, 82, in a classically ‘60s outfit while holding a worn guitar case in his hand as he walked the city streets dressed in jeans, a green jacket, an orange scarf, a paperboy hat and had a large yellow backpack on his back.”
  • Faye Webster Is a Low-Key Superstar (Rolling Stone) [3]
    • ““I hate Bob Dylan,” she says. “I just never got into it, can’t stand him.” Her management company, Look Out Kid, is named after a Dylan lyric. “They found out I didn’t like him after they signed me!””
  • The Unlikely Time Rob Halford Met Bob Dylan (Louder) [3]
    • “And there’s Bob, he’s got five or six chicks hanging out with him. This record guy goes: ‘Bob, here’s somebody I’d like to introduce you to, it’s Rob Halford, he’s from the British heavy metal band Judas Priest.’ And Bob goes: [spot-on Dylan impression] ‘Heeeeey, what’s goin’ on? What’s happenin’?’”
  • Stories in the Press: Pittsburgh 1965 (w/ Joan Baez) (Flagging Down) [8]
    • “On today’s date in 1965, Bob Dylan played the first of two all-but-forgotten shows in Pittsburgh, his first time in the city. They’re all-but-forgotten for a simple reason: No recordings. But I decided to see what info I could piece together from contemporary news reports.”
  • Tony Garnier on How to Play with Bob Dylan (Peter Stone Brown) [10}
    • Interview Originally “I’ve always told new guys in the band, “You’re not playing guitar—you’re playing a song.” I know what the songs are about, and that gives me an emotional attachment when I’m coming up with the bass lines. And of course there’s Bob’s interpretation to draw from.”
  • Good As I Been To You (Peter Stone Brown) [8]
    • “Dylan’s guitar-playing throughout may surprise even his longtime fans. Always a driving rhythm guitarist, he now complements that rhythm with solid (if sometimes careless) but intricate picking, displaying a command over the instrument he’s rarely revealed.”
  • Ask Greil, March 12, 2024 (Letter In The Ether) [8]
    • “I rarely find that an album that, let’s say, I think I should like more than I do sounds better at some later time. I have heard a couple of live versions of “Slow Train Coming” that convinced me it’s a decent song, but I never want to hear any of his ideologically determined Christian songs again.”
  • Walking By Myself Review (Cult Following) [5]
    • “It is a short little number but a grand interlude where Dylan can whittle away his love for the works of the late Chicago blues master. Adapt and adapt again. Mick Jagger may believe Rogers is the godfather of electric blues, but it is those artists who find themselves moved and advancing the sound.”
  • Cat Power Plugged into Dylan’s Electric Shocker with Pitch-Perfect Tribute (48 Hills)
    • “Last Friday night, a sold-out crowd at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre was treated to an encore performance of Marshall’s deeply reverential ode to the voice of a generation. Scheduled near the end of two-month North American tour devoted to her Dylan set, it was a privilege to witness Marshall channel one of her idols at such a pivotal early moment in the latter’s career.”
  • Cat Power Reimagines Dylan at The Lobero (Grateful Web) [5]
    • “What truly elevated the experience was Cat Power’s exceptional voice, a strength like no other. Her low, husky register, infused with bluesy twists and phrasing nuances, offered a captivating tribute to Dylan’s distinctive style. She avoided cheap imitation, instead delivering a powerful and personal interpretation of the legendary singer-songwriter’s work.”
  • Newly Empowered Dylan-ism (Santa Barbara Independent) [3]
    • “What made the buzz so buzz-worthy? Power brings what, to my ears, is the greatest Dylan tribute out there, with her low, rambling, and rough-toned voice, spontaneous bluesy twists and flexi-phrasing. Her approach to singing shares a kinship with Dylan’s own, but never stoops to the easy caricature others have imposed on the Dylan songbook.”
  • Touring “Girl From North Country” – A Slow, Serious Musical set to the Bob Dylan Catalog (ArtsFuse) [5]
  • ‘Girl from the North Country’ pulses with Dylan’s songs, but lacks a tight connection to the heart (WBUR) [5]

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