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.
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.
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.
September 5, 2012 |
Bob Dylan "Tempest" Columbia 3 stars Not to be morbid, but every time I take a day off or leave for vacation, I say a little prayer for the health of Bob Dylan. So large is his presence on generations of American music fans that when his heart strikes its final beat, encapsulating his body of work will require so much sorting and brainpower that the pressure to produce big thoughts on such a towering figure will no doubt overwhelm the Internet - and my ability to process his enormous influence.
August 31, 2012 |
Bob Dylan “Tempest” (Columbia) Bob Dylan 's new album, “Tempest,” which arrives Sept. 11, is already generating considerable attention for the title track, his take on the sinking of the Titanic during the centenary year of the tragic disaster at sea. And rightly so - it's one of the most extraordinary compositions from the most acclaimed songwriter of the rock era. We'll have an in-depth review of the entire album by...
August 2, 2012 |
Bob Dylan and counterterrorism? Say what? It may sound like an odd pairing, but that's exactly what Cinemax is giving us with the new season of "Strike Back," the channel's series about a stealth counterterrorism unit crossing the globe to squelch threats. For the second season, debuting Aug. 17, two brand-new Bob Dylan songs will be featured. The first song, "Early Roman Kings," premieres Thursday on Cinemax, HBO and cinemax.com. The video for the song will feature scenes from the new season starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Rhashan Stone and Michelle Lukes.
August 1, 2012 |
Bob Dylan's new album “Tempest,” slated for Sept. 11 release, appears on first listening to extend his artistic streak that began with the rejuvenation he demonstrated on 1997's “Time Out of Mind” and has continued with “Love and Theft” (2001), “Modern Times” (2006) and “Together Through Life” (2009). A small handful of music writers got a preview this week at the Beverly Hills office of Dylan's label, Columbia Records, and though an in-depth review will be coming later, we're sharing some first impressions on Pop & Hiss.