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.
July 31, 2012 |
The debacle of New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer, who resigned from his job with the magazine this week after conceding that he had invented quotes attributed to Bob Dylan in his bestselling book “Imagine: How Creativity Works,” leaves one glaring lesson: Do better homework. In addition to Lehrer losing his job, his book is being yanked out of stores and has already disappeared from e-book sellers including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. A crucial part of Lehrer's thesis was that Dylan couldn't, or didin't want to, explain his creative process.
July 30, 2012 |
Writer Jonah Lehrer resigned from the New Yorker on Monday after admitting that he had fabricated quotes from Bob Dylan in his nonfiction book "Imagine: How Creativity Works. " The book has been recalled by publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Published in March, "Imagine: How Creativity Works" has spent 17 weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. Now it will be pulled from bookstore shelves. Its e-book edition has disappeared from retail sites such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
July 18, 2012
The aggregating website RottenTomatoes.com suspended user comments on movie reviews of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Tuesday after commenters reacted harshly to negative reviews of the film and made profane and threatening remarks about the critics who wrote them. Matt Atchity, the site's editor in chief, said it was the first time RottenTomatoes.com has suspended user comments, adding that postings about "Dark Knight" reviews would likely be restored by the end of the week. The final film in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy opens Friday.
July 12, 2012 |
On July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan stepped onstage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar and changed the course of pop music history. The performance caused a furious reaction. The crowd booed loudly, and folk icon Pete Seeger tried to stop the show. Dylan and his band retreated after three songs, coming back to play an acoustic set. Still, Dylan's provocative move has long been pointed to as a key moment when electric rock music eclipsed folk as the sound of the '60s generation.
July 12, 2012 |
Nearly half a century after Bob Dylan made history with his revolutionary electrified performance at the Newport Folk Festival, the debate goes on, like a rolling stone: Were the boos and catcalls from the audience directed at him for flaunting the conventions of the folk music world by stepping onstage with a Fender Stratocaster instead of an acoustic guitar, and bringing a rock 'n' roll band onstage along with him? Or was it because the audio sounded like mud? It's long been noted that folk standard bearer Pete Seeger appeared very upset that day, and there are well documented accounts that folklorist Alan Lomax, who was one of the board members for the Newport Folk Fest, was none too happy about the introduction of electric instruments into the mix. There's a fascinating account of Lomax and Dylan's then-manager, Albert Grossman, actually engaging in a fist fight backstage in conjunction with the performance that year by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, a report to be found on a Web page devoted to influential blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield , who died in 1981.
June 10, 2012 |
Rock 'n' roll was never just about music. It was also about the way Jimi Hendrix held a guitar and the look in his eyes when he set it ablaze onstage in 1967. Its essence could be found in the swirl of a mosh pit, in the epic pompadour of James Brown, in the provocative finery of Madonna and KISS. For this, fans have depended on the permanent record captured by generations of rock photography, from the gorgeous black-and-white reportage by Alfred Wertheimer of a young Elvis Presley on the road in 1956 to the vivid portraits of Kurt Cobain and Katy Perry by Mark Seliger for the cover of Rolling Stone.
May 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama pinned the Presidential Medal of Freedom around Bob Dylan's neck as the singer stood in the White House inscrutable in black sunglasses. "I have to say that I am a really big fan," Obama said as he introduced Dylan, one of a number of figures from the struggles and accomplishments of the 1960s, as well as other eras, whom Obama chose to honor Tuesday. Labor leader and civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal.
May 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Folk singer Bob Dylan and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. A number of figures from the struggles and shifts of the 1960s were recognized Tuesday. Civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal. The year 1962 looms especially large in President Obama's picks: That was the year Dylan put out his first album, when Huerta cofounded the National Farm Workers Assn.
April 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The White House has announced this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. The list of 13 honorees includes musician Bob Dylan, writer Toni Morrison, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Shimon Peres. “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation,” President Obama said in a statement. “They've challenged us, they've inspired us, and they've made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this award.” The awards will be presented at White House ceremony later his spring.