March 13, 2013 |
Bob Dylan has become the first rock musician inducted into the New York-based American Academy of Arts and Letters , an elite group of composers, artists, authors and architects that the group describes as “the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the United States.” "The board of directors considered the diversity of his work and acknowledged his iconic place in the American culture," the academy's executive director, Virginia Dajani,...
March 13, 2013 |
The traditionally staid American Academy of Arts and Letters is both charmed and flummoxed by Bob Dylan. The academy announced Wednesday that it voted the musician into its ranks -- its first rock musician ever. But he will be an honorary member: Not for the first time, people couldn't figure out how to classify Dylan. " Bob Dylan is a multi-talented artist whose work so thoroughly crosses several disciplines that it defies categorization," executive director Virginia Dajani told the Associated Press.
January 26, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Muscle Shoals, Ala., has been at the heart of popular music for decades, a melting pot for the cross-currents of rock-and-roll, R&B, country and soul. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Bobbie Gentry and countless others have recorded there. The new documentary "Muscle Shoals," which has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, takes a look at this distinctly American place.
October 29, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. There's one thing Bob Dylan fans will never agree on: whether his concerts over the last decade are terrible, excellent or just plain weird. This was certainly the case with Friday night's performance at the Hollywood Bowl, which alternately thrilled, confused and frustrated fans -- at least according to the feedback my review spawned. Both in the comment section and in emails, a lot of people were pretty disappointed with the show they witnessed at the storied Bowl.
October 27, 2012 |
Natina Reed, a member of the R&B group Blaque and an actress best known for her role in the 2000 cheerleader comedy "Bring It On," died Friday at the age of 32. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reed was struck by a car late Friday evening in a roadway near the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn. Gwinnett County authorities did not immediately release details about the incident. Blaque released its self-titled debut in 1999 and scored top 10 hits with the songs " 808 " and " Bring It All to Me . " Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC was said to have discovered the group, which also included Shamari DeVoe and Brandi Williams, both of whom also appeared in "Bring It On. " "My world as I know it has forever changed," DeVoe tweeted on Saturday.
October 27, 2012 |
What follows are a few random observations and notes about Bob Dylan's set at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night. --As a 15-song display of his work, Bob Dylan's show was unimpeachable. Few of his fans could complain about one that began, for example, with his saucy “You Ain't Goin' Nowhere” and ended with a frolic through “Blowin' in the Wind.” In between he played “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Love Sick,” "Make You Feel My Love," “All Along the Watchtower,” and “Desolation Row,” among others.
September 18, 2012 |
Join book critic David L. Ulin and me for an online conversation about literary awards season Tuesday at 10 a.m. Among the more baffling suggestions in recent years has been that Bob Dylan might be awarded a Nobel Prize in literature. Currently, the musician is running second only to writer Haruki Murakami at the British betting house Ladbrokes . Dylan is certainly a sexier choice to American watchers than, say, Chinese writer Mo Yan, Dutch author Cees Noteboom or Albania's Ismail Kadare.
September 13, 2012 |
They've got a lotta nerve, to say he stole some words. That's essentially Bob Dylan's response to criticism that has sprouted up periodically throughout his half-century (and counting) career that he has quoted or outright plagiarized other writers' words in some of his songs. Talking to Rolling Stone contributor Mikal Gilmore in the Sept. 27 issue of the magazine - which hits newsstands Friday--Dylan blasts such critics with harsh words. The exchange with Gilmore , who cited specific instances over which Dylan has been slammed for lifting thoughts and phrases from Japanese author Junichi Saga and Civil War poet Henry Timrod, begins politely, with Dylan shifting into musicologist mode: “In folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition,” Dylan said.
September 10, 2012 |
The first words to escape Bob Dylan's lips on his 35th studio album, “Tempest,” which hits the streets Sept. 11, are those of the rollicking opening track, “Duquesne Whistle.” “Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowin'/Blowin' like it's gonna sweep my world away,” Dylan sings in a craggy voice that mirrors the lyric's image of an aging locomotive belching black smoke full of pulverized coal particles as it burns down the tracks. ...
September 6, 2012 |
They say that when it comes to investing, you should put your money into things you understand. So how about a little piece of Bob Dylan? Or Neil Diamond? Goldman Sachs is preparing to offer an unusual $300-million bond that's backed by performance royalties from these and other musicians. Rights to the music are held by a Nashville outfit called Sesac. The way it'll work is this: Cash from the artists' royalties will be pooled together and sold to investors in the form of a security.