Bob Dylan :: Rough And Rowdy Ways

I’m on my fourth listen, sitting on my porch, sipping Heaven’s Door Straight Rye. I have a house rule that while you’re drinking it, you can only talk about Bob. But no one ever visits, and now they can’t even visit if they wanted to …

Pretty Good Stuff :: Episode Six

Bob Dylan historian James Adams’ Pretty Good Stuff. Hosted by Adams himself, the hour-long program dove deep into the depths of all things Dwarf Music.

Fear not, Bobcats: while the signal may be on pause, the revelry continues as we are continuing the show on a monthly basis in this new format.

Bob Dylan (featuring Johnny Cash) :: Travelin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15

Compared to some recent Dylan archive releases, the 15th volume of The Bootleg Series looks a little slim – just three discs! But if you think of Travelin’ Thru as a prequel to 2013’s Another Self Portrait, it brings us to a total of six discs dealing with Bob’s late 1960s/early 1970s period. Set entirely in Nashville, Vol. 15 isn’t quite as revelatory as Another Self Portrait – but it’s plenty revelatory.

Rob Stoner :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Journeyman bassist Rob Stoner has played with nearly every rock & roll legend you could name, from Bob Dylan to Chuck Berry and Link Wray. Today at AD, he shines a light on the fact, fiction, and myth of Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story. “He’s always trying to put people on, to put people off his trail.”

Did the Needle Just Skip :: 30 Years of Oh Mercy

As Bob Dylan’s swampy and haunted classic Oh Mercy turns 30 years old, producer and musician Daniel Lanois reflects on the strange magic he helped create in New Orleans, driven by a willingness to explore seemingly contradictory spaces: “I wanted to make sure that that the music was trying to destroy the singer at the same time as support him.”

Bob Dylan :: The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings

Just about eight months after More Blood, More Tracks comes another massive Dylan archival haul. The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings weighs in at a hefty 14 discs, giving listeners a front row seat (and a backstage pass) at the traveling road show Bob threw together in the months following Blood On The Tracks’ release. Three discs of rehearsals! Five complete Dylan sets! A bonus disc of curios and oddities! (Oh and hey, there’s that Martin Scorsese doc to absorb as well). The good news? This box is very reasonably priced at just about $80 — a whole lot of bang for your buck. The bad news? Come on, dude, there is no bad news.

Why Rolling Thunder Revue is a Terrible Documentary But A Great Bob Dylan Film

There’s a lot to love in Scorsese’s film, which repurposes an enormous trove of backstage and concert footage into a representation of the fall 1975 iteration of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Considered as a traditional documentary, Rolling Thunder Revue is fairly embarrassing. Considered as a Bob Dylan movie in the tradition of the films the songwriter has had his hands in over the years, it’s a grand achievement. The project swerves from fact in similar ways that Dylan’s Chronicles swerves from traditional memoir, with fictional constructs serving the biographical needs of the moment, just as they have since the largely bullshitted notes to Dylan’s 1962 debut LP […]