May 29, 2011
Tom Moon is the author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die There really is no good reason for Bob Dylan to show up for work these days. His reputation is secure. His songs occupy their own wing in the pop-culture archive. He's the rare legend who doesn't have to go out and earn any new respect - as evidenced by the gazillion "how Bob changed my life" testimonials flooding the Internet in the wake of his 70th birthday last week. Yet there he is. On the road. Performing.
February 28, 1998 |
For Bob Dylan, it seems, the wives, they were a-changing. The New York Post reports that one of the dino-rocker's mystery girlfriends is writing a tell-all that says Dylan secretly had at least two wives and a bevy of babies with them and other women. According to Susan Ross, Dylan has been wed not once but thrice and has "eight or nine" children - nearly twice the number listed in his latest bio. The public line is that the Grammy winner wed only Sara Lowndes and divorced in 1977, with her getting custody of their brood of five, including Jakob, the Wallflowers front man. Jakob, 26, is referred to as Dylan's youngest.
December 18, 1995 |
Opening a three-night stand with Bob Dylan at the Electric Factory Friday, Patti Smith wandered on stage in a Unabomber-style hooded sweatshirt, lifted her long theatrical arms and sang a harrowing "Because the Night," a song she co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen that was her only top-20 hit. Before she finished this opening number, the 15 years she'd spent away from the rock-and-roll stage felt like 15 minutes. Here was a rock icon not apologizing for youthful insights or hurrying through the lyrics.
October 16, 1989 |
Bluesman Bob Dylan played the Tower Theater last night to a sellout crowd that alternated between standing ovations and head-scratching. Jamming with a three-piece backup band - including guitarist extraordinaire G.E. Smith, bassist Tony Garnier and drummer Chris Parker - Dylan blasted out about 90 minutes of in-your-face blues. The show was a welcome change from the Dylan hit parade that marched through town the last two times he played here. An animated Dylan - he even yelped an "oh" before a solo - went through a relatively obscure set featuring songs like "To Be Alone With You," "Tears of Rage" and the traditional folk song "The Two Soldiers," which stumped most of the crowd.
July 13, 1987 |
The pairing of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead suggests an ungainly reunion of veteran bohemians, but Friday night at JFK Stadium, the combination worked surprisingly well. After a mind-bending set by the Dead and a sturdy, hits- filled outing by Dylan, the 4 1/2-hour show ended with a Dead encore featuring its new single, "Touch of Grey. " "I will survive," Jerry Garcia, the Dead's founder and psychedelic father figure, sang to a full house of mostly youthful music fans for whom the Summer of Love could just as well be the Stone(d)
August 27, 1997 |
Bob Dylan will sing for Pope John Paul II next month at a Catholic Eucharistic Congress in Bologna, Italy. A Vatican spokesman said yesterday that the rock icon will be among several singers performing at a youth rally closing the congress on Sept. 27. The pope is expected to attend about 1 1/2 hours of the rally, address the young people, and stay to hear at least some of Dylan's music. "We chose him as the representative of the best type of rock," said the spokesman. "He has a spiritual nature.
May 14, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Bob Dylan has taken to his website to address a swirl of commentary and analysis stemming from his performance last month in Beijing, specifically responding to accusations that he sold out for adhering to what has been described as a set list vetted and approved by the Chinese government. Others criticized the singer and songwriter for not speaking out on behalf of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Dylan dismissed the notion that he was following anyone else's order in choosing songs for the show.
August 27, 1997 |
The times, they sure are a-changin.' Just a few months ago, Bob Dylan was knockin on heaven's door. Now the mumblemouthed '60s songwriting icon, recovered from a potentially fatal heart infection, has a gig next month in Italy as the opening act for the pope. That's John Paul II, minus George and Ringo. Coincidence? We think not. Turns out Il Papa's got a brand new youth rally planned on Sept. 27 in Bologna during the Catholic Eucharistic Congress. Monsignor Ernesto Vecchi said the patron saint of counterculture would be among several singers to perform at the rally, which the pontiff will headline.
July 21, 1989 |
The Good Samaritan, he's dressing. He's getting ready for the show. He's going to the carnival tonight On Desolation Row. - From "Desolation Row" by Bob Dylan In a scene as surreal as some of his old songs - just off the Boardwalk, upwind from the fortunetelling ladies and down from the gilt pleasures of Bally's Grand, next door to the room in which kids play games such as Xenophobe and Bad Girls, and a stone's throw from...
August 17, 2004 |
These days, when Bob Dylan takes the stage on his Never Ending Tour - if it's Tuesday, he must be in Charleston, S.C. - he's introduced as "the poet laureate of rock-and-roll. " The songwriting bard has answered to that title since the early 1960s, when the jingle jangle of his "skipping reels of rhyme" exploded notions of pop music's creative limitations, and in the words of Bruce Springsteen, "freed your mind the way Elvis freed your body. " But do great pop songs qualify as great poems?