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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:14 am

For some, the greatest singer-songwriter of his, or any, generation. An influence for decades, he still remains a musical force to be reckoned with, just this week scoring his 8th career LP #1 in the UK, and delivering a diatribe to his critics whilst receiving a career tribute in the US. Here are a few of his many highlights:

Like A Rolling Stone (live)

Blowin' In The Wind (live)

All Along The Watchtower (live)

Tangled Up In Blue

Things Have Changed

"the jester stole his thorny crown" jocolor
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Post  misery guts on Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:16 am

Forever Young: A Tribute to Bob Dylan
The Celtic Connections festival saw various performers covering Dylan songs from the obvious to the obscure. A pleasant view & listen.

Bob Dylan: The Folk Years
The story of the evolution of his sound over his 1st 4 albums, from a quiet start to a world-changing success and then appearing to shun the folk world which he claimed never to have been wedded to. The evidence remains impressive.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:39 am

Dylan's stint at #1 ended very quickly...

Rock Milestones: Bob Dylan - Change On The Tracks
An entertaining assessment of Dylan's entire album output up to this 1975 highlight, from authors, biographers and other journalists. Apparently not only is this his best album, but "Tangled Up In Blue" is considered his best song by Dylan fans. Which is nice. The quote which summed this adulation up best was "There is Dylan, then there is everybody else." Razz
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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:06 am

Bob Dylan - Phenomenon
A familiar story, from this early start, prolific creativity, hiatus or two, and defiant plodding on. He continues to impress his fans, and so on.

The Roots of Bob Dylan - Down The Tracks
Plenty of worth contributors here, not least Pete Seeger, and even archive footage of Leadbelly. Mike Marqusee cropped up here and in the above, reminding me of the director Richard Lester. Many names were name-checked as influences, almost as many as who might claim Dylan influenced them.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:37 am

...Sings Dylan II - Bob Covers From The BBC Archive
A mix of the obvious (Joan Baez) to many oddities from Randy Crawford to KT Tunstall. The hour-long compilation ended with Bob Dylan, crazily enough.

...Sings Dylan - Bob Covers From The BBC Archive
Thankfully repeated to justify the above, this was put together back in 2005, and only ran 40 minutes. The Byrds and Bryan Ferry featured, with more left-field choices coming from Lulu (a near identical routine to "Mr Tambourine Man" as in the above), and a lengthy one from XTC.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:06 am

Bob Dylan - Masterpieces Volume 1
An hour-long compilation of Bob performing various of his many hits, from Gotta Serve Somebody to Mr Tambourine Man, All Along The Watchtower to Rainy Day Women #12 & #35 (possibly my favourite).

Bob Dylan - Masterpieces Volume 2
Much as above, but obviously with different songs, from Jokerman to Maggie's Farm, Knockin' On Heaven's Door to a somewhat all-star version of "My Back Pages", from a gig with such other luminaries as Tom Petty and George Harrison (quite probably connected to the Travelling Wilburys project of the late 1980's).
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Post  misery guts on Tue May 10, 2016 6:40 am

The Best of Bob Dylan
An enjoyable hour compilation from across the years, with a lively version of "Hurricane" and ending with the joyous "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35" cheers
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Post  misery guts on Thu May 26, 2016 12:57 am

Just released his new album last Friday, and turned 75 years old on Tuesday:

Fallen Angels

It's another bash at the Great American Songbook.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:06 am

Bit of history making today as he has become the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel Prizes are annual awards in various fields (chemistry, economics, peace, etc) and globally regarded as pretty damn prestigious.
The academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said that while Dylan performs his poetry in the form of songs, that's no different from the ancient Greeks, whose works were often performed to music.
"Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear," she said. "But it's perfectly fine to read his works as poetry."
The presumption now is that this might open the floodgates to other well-regarded singer-songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen, but time will have to tell.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:48 am

After a typically quiet week in which he made no apparent move to accept the award, and with one of the Nobel committee getting a strop about it, Bob came forward to claim he had been "speechless" and was ready & willing to accept it after all.

Whether the shock return to recording of Chuck Berry was coincidence, or the ire of an old rocker wanting his own due, is yet to be sorted.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:26 am

Arena - No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Martin Scorsese's mammoth 3+hour effort that only really runs up to 1966 anyway, from Dylan's formative years, his exponential progress in folk music (compared to the legend about Robert Johnson's similar Great Leap Forward) and the aggravation felt by Pete Seeger and others when Dylan suddenly decided to "go electric". It's hard not to sympathise with Bob, really, when his angry audience seem to have all the typical patterns of fanatics scorning someone for mocking their faith. Ah well...
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