Tom Junod, writing for Esquire, pens a great piece on the mysteries and career of Bob Dylan:
It's quite a trick. Dylan's public career began at the dawn of the age of total disclosure and has continued into the dawn of the age of total surveillance; he has ended up protecting his privacy at a time when privacy itself is up for grabs. But his claim to privacy is compelling precisely because it's no less enigmatic and paradoxical than any other claim he's made over the years. Yes, it's important to him—"of the utmost importance, of paramount importance," says his friend Ronee Blakley, the Nashville star who sang with Dylan on his Rolling Thunder tour. And yes, the importance of his privacy...
Welcome to My Back Pages, a collaborative staff feature that will survey a landscape of renowned classics and unheralded gems alike, most of which no one around here ever writes a word about. The rules are simple and loose: we won’t cover anything from this millennium and we will avoid all or most AP.net favorites—though we might make an exception if something is nearing a milestone anniversary. Beyond that though, anything is fair game. So if you have an album, artist, or genre you would like to see discussed in this feature, feel free to throw us a few recs.
Today, we're finally reaching the artist whose song gave our feature its name: Mr. Bob Dylan. How it took us 11 volumes to get...
In 1963 Studs Terkel interviewed a 21 year old Bob Dylan, the recording on this can be found in the replies.
Bob Dylan is a notoriously tough person to interview and that's definitely the case here, even this early in his life as a public persona. On the other hand, Terkel is a veteran interviewer, one of the best ever, and he seems genuinely impressed with the young man who was just 21 at the time and had but one record of mainly covers under his belt. Terkel does a good job of keeping things on track as he expertly gets out of the way and listens while gleaning what he can from his subject. It's an interesting match-up.
The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at his famous 1965 Newport Folk Festival performance -- widely hailed as the first time he "went electric," forever changing the face of folk music -- has sold at auction for $965,000, the highest price ever paid for a guitar in an auction.
Dylan, of course, was at the vanguard of the artistic wing of the Civil Rights movement, so it may seem impossible that anyone could accuse him of such a thing. But the Croatian group appears not to have appreciated comments made in Rolling Stone’s cover interview of Dylan from this September.
Bob Dylan will hit the road this summer with Wilco and My Morning Jacket in tow. The tour will be dubbed the "AmericanaramA Festival of Music" and tickets go on sale Wednesday morning. Check out the dates in the replies.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Amnesty International will release a four-CD Bob Dylan tribute entitled Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International on January 30. It features the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against, Queens of the Stone Age, My Chemical Romance, Jack's Mannequin, Bad Religion, Maroon 5 and more. Stream it on facebook.
A man with a Bob Dylan backstage pass disguised himself as a crew member and ordered 178 pizzas at a local pizzeria as a prank claiming they were for the band and crew. The man's lawyer said that the man will in fact compensate the pizzeria $4,000 for the prank.
Reimagine Music will release Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute To Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home', a tribute album performed by some of modern indie's most influential artists, on October 5th. You can find more information about the album in the replies.
Yesterday we posted about My Chemical Romance's forthcoming Bob Dylan cover. In fact, the single will actually be released the last week of this month and you can pre-order the vinyl edition now in the band's online store.
Some footage from the upcoming Bob Dylan biopic, I'm Not There, has leaked. Yes, this is the film where Cate Blanchett, a female if you're not aware, stars as Dylan and David Cross plays Allen Ginsberg.