July 16, 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.
November 24, 2014 |
A mysterious man in a white suit and boater hat walked onto the dimly lit stage of the Academy of Music just past 8 on Friday evening, whispering secrets into the microphone as a nimble, five-piece band played behind him. "All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie," he sang, confiding that he's been "trying to get as far away from myself as I possibly can. " For all his apparent existential discomfort, however - the opening number was...
January 11, 2016
Tom Wilk is a former Inquirer copy editor who has a collection of Crawdaddy magazines in his basement Like many Swarthmore College students entering the school in September 1965, Paul Williams was a fan of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. Unlike his contemporaries half a century ago, the 17-year-old freshman took his passion for the music one step further. From his dormitory room at Swarthmore, the Boston native began publishing Crawdaddy! magazine. Named after the club in London where the Stones performed, Crawdaddy!
December 17, 2014 |
WHEN FRANK SINATRA JR. made his introductory remarks at Friday night's Parx Casino bash honoring local radio titan Sid Mark 's 58th year spinning Ol' Blue Eyes' records, he obviously noted the day was an important one, as it would have been his father's 99th birthday. But Dec. 12 was doubly significant: He revealed that it had been two years to the day since he was diagnosed with Stage 4A throat cancer (the "A" meant it had metastasized). Sinatra, 71 next month, spent about a year undergoing grueling radiation and chemotherapy, and eating through a tube inserted in his stomach.
April 12, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie stood up to world leaders Thursday in an address to the G8 foreign ministers meeting in London. She identified wartime rape as one of the most intractable - and ignored - travesties in world affairs. "Hundreds of thousands of women and children have been sexually assaulted in the wars of our generation," Jolie said. "I have heard survivors of rape from Bosnia to [the Congo] say that the world simply does not care about them. " Added Jolie, "But wartime rape is not inevitable.
October 29, 1994 |
It was a sight to behold. Toward the end of Bob Dylan's concert at the Tower Theater on Thursday night, the famously misanthropic bard allowed his flock to approach the altar. With the venue's officious security force powerless to stop them, many in the reserved-seat crowd of rowdy graybeards, grungy teens and twentysomethings rushed to fill the aisles. After a storming "Maggie's Farm" that raged like a nor'easter (and included that rarest of Dylan moments: a brief, cryptic smile)
November 21, 2014 |
CHRONICLING the recording of new music using long-lost lyrics by Bob Dylan, tonight's Showtime special "Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued" will have its biggest appeal to the boomer-era fans taking in Mr. D's shows at the Academy of Music this weekend. But the target demo could be lowered by the far more "current" artists who took on this time-warping collaborative mission - Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops)
July 31, 2013 |
The freewheelin' Bob Dylan is always good for a surprise on stage. The songwriting sage, now 72, has perplexed concertgoers by garbling his treasured lyrics and murkily arranging his hits into unrecognizable entities for better and worse. His never-ending tour, too, has had its share of left turns, like its summer of concerts at baseball fields. This season, Dylan's touring twist came by inviting his spiritual indie-rocking children, Wilco and My Morning Jacket, to his Americanarama Festival, which made a much-anticipated stop Sunday at Camden's Susquehanna Center.
October 10, 2015 |
Kinky Friedman was home at his ranch in Medina, Texas, grappling with the logistics of his forthcoming tour while facing a deadline for a proposal for his next book. "I wish I didn't suffer the curse of being multitalented," says the irrepressible musician, mystery-novel writer, and former Texas gubernatorial candidate, who also runs an animal shelter. The tour itself seems to be a grueling affair for a 70-year-old - a month-plus of one-nighters with the few days off reserved for travel.
August 27, 2006 |
Bob Dylan is a doomsayer, spreading the word that trouble is on the way. He's a crusty romantic "studying the art of love," still hopeful, at 65, that "it'll fit me like a glove. " And he's a devilishly cheery troubadour with a Snidely Whiplash mustache who playfully couples "I got the pork chop, she got the pie" with "She ain't no angel, and neither am I. " Modern Times (Columbia . ?), Dylan's 44th album and his first in five years, contains multitudes. No surprise there.