Bob Dylan


Sat January 12, 2013
The Record

There Are Only 100 Copies Of The New Bob Dylan Record

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 11:47 am

Bob Dylan in 1962. His extremely limited-edition 50th Anniversary Collection features unreleased material from his early career.
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Bob Dylan has made some puzzling moves in his celebrated career, but the compilation that his record label recently released may be as odd as anything he's ever put out.

The compilation, 50th Anniversary Collection, is a limited-edition, four-CD set that was only released in Europe. It seems to have been designed by the label to exploit a recent change in European copyright law.

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Thu November 1, 2012
The Record

Go See The Old Guys

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 5:22 am

Neil Young made me write this. Before last Thursday, when ol' Shakey and his golden garage band Crazy Horse stomped through my local amphitheater, the last thing I'd thought I'd be excited about was a bunch of guys hovering around 70, playing loud rock and roll into the night.

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Sat September 22, 2012
The Spotlight: Music

The Spotlight: Like A Rolling Stone, The Music of Bob Dylan

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Dylan is one of rock 'n' roll's most profound visionaries, and also its great contrarian. And on May 24, 2011 he turned 70.

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Thu September 20, 2012
The Record

Why Some Musicians Last

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 10:53 am

The singer Aaliyah, performing in 1998. Since her death in 2001, many singers have applied her soft, sexy vocal style to R&B, pop and indie hits.
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The mists of eternity wafted over my Twitter feed the other night. Okay, not quite — but talk of eternity, or at least of the pop scene in thirty years, did make for a lengthy and spirited group exchange. It started when a friend who's not fond of singing competitions asked whether Kelly Clarkson will be remembered in 2042.

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Thu August 2, 2012
The Record

On Bob Dylan And Jonah Lehrer, Two Fabulists

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:24 pm

Bob Dylan at a press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1966.
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Yesterday my husband and I had the same thought at the same time. It's not an uncommon occurrence for two writers who've spent decades arguing and enthusing about pop music. I mention it, in part, to stave off accusations that I'm plagiarizing from a nearby source, but also because I think what we reflected upon in light of the writer Jonah Lehrer's fatal mistake was probably in the minds of many music obsessives.

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