Midweek Music Moment: “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

Bob Dylan was groundbreaking in many areas. But who’da thunk he’d foreshadow the day of the music video. Yet a filmed promo for his song “Subterranean homesick blues,” shot on May 8, 1965, on Dylan’s U.K. tour, not only was one of the first, it was ranked number 7 on Rolling Stone‘s 1993 list of […]

Midweek Music Moment: Before the Flood, Bob Dylan and The Band

He hadn’t toured since the spring of 1966. And when he did it was with The Hawks, who would become The Band. So when Bob Dylan and The Band joined forces for a short North American tour in January and February 1974, it was big news. More than 650,000 tickets were sold for the 40 […]

Midweek Music Moment: Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan

I’m not one who tends to throw around superlatives. But there’s no doubt in my mind that not only is Blood on the Tracks perhaps the most exceptional Bob Dylan album, it is one of the finest albums ever.

Released on Jan. 17, 1975, Blood on the Tracks is seen as a reflection of […]

Bob Dylan and the Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today and Bob Dylan nabbed one. Not for a particular book for a piece of music. Instead, he was given a special citation “for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” I’m sure Dylan could really care less but it’s […]

DVD Review: No Direction Home (2005)

Fabulous. Wonderful. Fascinating. Slightly flawed. Incomplete.

All of these are perfectly appropriate descriptions of Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home. The documentary was released this week on DVD and will air on the American Masters series on PBS next week. Perhaps what is most impressive is that the interviews with Dylan himself show him at his […]

Dylan’s Chronicles

As you may have seen by now, the first volume of Bob Dylan’s autobiography, Chronicles: Vol. 1, was a finalist for, but did not win, the National Book Critics Circle award for biography.

I bought the book the day it was released. While it was an enjoyable read, it was also uneven. Moreover, I wonder […]