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September 17, 2000
For as long as I can remember, I'd hear about "the new Bob Dylan." There's probably been hundreds--everybody with an iota of talent, from Steve Forbert and Bruce Springsteen, down the line to Robert Hilburn's ludicrous statement that Public Enemy's Chuck D. is "the Bob Dylan of rap." Now I have to read about Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who is said to be "Bob Dylan before Bob Dylan was Bob Dylan" (Letters, Sept. 10). There is one Bob Dylan, and everybody else is just that, everybody else.
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October 10, 2002 | Randy Lewis
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "The Last DJ," Warner Bros. Petty has always seemed to have more in common with Joe Rock Fan than the larger-than-life stars with whom he shares Rock and Roll Hall of Fame membership. It's no surprise, then, that the anger, frustration and sadness over the state-of-the-rock-union in this loosely thematic album reflect the view of the disheartened classic-rock fan more than that of the jaundiced rock star.
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October 10, 2002 | Randy Lewis
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "The Last DJ," Warner Bros. Petty has always seemed to have more in common with Joe Rock Fan than the larger-than-life stars with whom he shares Rock and Roll Hall of Fame membership. It's no surprise, then, that the anger, frustration and sadness over the state-of-the-rock-union in this loosely thematic album reflect the view of the disheartened classic-rock fan more than that of the jaundiced rock star.
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September 17, 2000
For as long as I can remember, I'd hear about "the new Bob Dylan." There's probably been hundreds--everybody with an iota of talent, from Steve Forbert and Bruce Springsteen, down the line to Robert Hilburn's ludicrous statement that Public Enemy's Chuck D. is "the Bob Dylan of rap." Now I have to read about Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who is said to be "Bob Dylan before Bob Dylan was Bob Dylan" (Letters, Sept. 10). There is one Bob Dylan, and everybody else is just that, everybody else.
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September 23, 1994 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The new Dylan." It's an unfortunate tag, and it has been used to exploit dozens of musicians over the years, to peg each as the "voice of a generation." And it seems to have a curse upon it: The inevitable backlash it triggers seems to have stunted the career growth of such fine singer/songwriters as Phil Ochs, Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine as well as Steve Forbert, who will play solo at the Coach House Saturday night.
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May 27, 1995 | STEVE APPLEFORD
** Steve Forbert, "Mission of the Crossroad Palms," Paladin/Giant. Forbert can hardly keep from chuckling over his own good sense. Just listen to his songs of workin' man's blues and travels down the highway. Too bad his earnest rasp and sleepy folk-rock only amount to Springsteen-lite. Forbert (who plays McCabe's on June 16) escapes that rut just once--on the moving "Oh, To Be Back With You."
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September 24, 1998 | JERRY CROWE
* Featuring all four original members, KISS, above, plays a Halloween night concert Oct. 31 at Dodger Stadium, with the Smashing Pumpkins opening. Tickets go on sale Saturday. . . . Also on sale Saturday: Jerry Cantrell, Oct. 26 at the Palace. . . . Tickets will be available today for Semisonic, Oct. 30 at the Palace. Also available today: Sevendust, Oct. 9 at the Glass House; Whale, Oct. 14 at the Troubadour; Marcy Playground, Oct. 26 at the Glass House; Sinead Lohan, Oct.
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October 13, 1988 | STEVE HOCHMAN
On the cover of Steve Forbert's 1978 debut album, the singer's jean jacket is well-worn, though Forbert himself looks quite fresh. On Tuesday at Bogart's, both jacket and performer looked brand-new--which is remarkable, because this Mississippi kid has been through the wringer, as he told in many of the set's songs. This one-time "new Dylan" (No. 87 in an ongoing series) turned "whatever-became-of?" seems to have learned some valuable lessons.
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October 7, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN, Times Pop Music Critic
One of the best signals that an artist's old-catalogue album is finally going to be released in compact disc is news that the same artist is about to put out a new album. The record company with the rights to the old albums figures the artist's fans will be going to the store to buy the new album, so why not try to pick up some extra dollars by having the old ones available? This rule is especially true for artists who are returning to the pop scene after a lengthy absence.
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September 23, 1994 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The new Dylan." It's an unfortunate tag, and it has been used to exploit dozens of musicians over the years, to peg each as the "voice of a generation." And it seems to have a curse upon it: The inevitable backlash it triggers seems to have stunted the career growth of such fine singer/songwriters as Phil Ochs, Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine as well as Steve Forbert, who will play solo at the Coach House Saturday night.
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April 6, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sad thing is I'm so damn happy. . . . --From Loudon Wainwright III's song "So Damn Happy" * It's only fitting that Loudon Wainwright III's new album is titled "Little Ship" and that its cover artwork features the veteran folkie in an inflatable raft paddling away from a Titanic-like luxury liner. In an age of mega-selling blockbusters with their state-of-the-art effects, Wainwright's introspective, no-frills approach is somewhat of an anomaly.
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July 21, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Big name rock and pop acts are out on the road at this very moment, toting megawatt sound systems from city to city along with computerized lighting ample enough to illuminate a re-enactment of the final scene from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." But the Abduls, Boltons and most of their arena-level peers can't begin to match the resources the Roches carried with them to the Coach House on Sunday night. This close encounter of the trio kind didn't require a lot of gear.
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