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Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. The band name is a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan; in fact, the original name proposed for the band was "Captain Hook and the Medicine Show".
The band hooked up with composer Shel Silverstein when their manager sent in a demo tape to Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine both liked the demo enough to get the band to do all the songs for the movie. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums.
"Sylvia's Mother," a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" from the followup album, "Sloppy Seconds" attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph.
The band toured constantly but spent all the money they earned on partying; their fifh album was aptly called "Bankrupt". Eventually they shortened the band's name to "Dr. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan").
Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. Locorriere spent a few years relaxing, and then in 1989 performed a one-man show written by Shel Silverstein, "The Devil and Billy Markham," which made him enthusiastic to be on stage again. Since then he's released a few solo albums and toured, promoting himself as "the voice of Dr. Hook."
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Since then he's released a few solo albums and toured, promoting himself as "the voice of Dr. Hook.". See also: List of people compared to Bob Dylan, List of Born-again Christian Laypeople. Locorriere spent a few years relaxing, and then in 1989 performed a one-man show written by Shel Silverstein, "The Devil and Billy Markham," which made him enthusiastic to be on stage again. The best songs (according to perceived consensus of rec.music.dylan Usenet group, in order). Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. The most famous songs:. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. See Bob Dylan Discography.
Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. 1 is the first of three planned volumes. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). Chronicles Vol. The band toured constantly but spent all the money they earned on partying; their fifh album was aptly called "Bankrupt". Eventually they shortened the band's name to "Dr. Simultaneously, Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com reported it as their number 2 best seller among all categories. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. 1 was number 5 on the New York Times' Hardcover Non-Fiction best seller list and climbing.
"Sylvia's Mother," a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" from the followup album, "Sloppy Seconds" attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. Six weeks after its publication, Chronicles, Vol. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. In these passages, Dylan suggested the process which ignited his own song writing gift. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. At the end of the book, Dylan describes with great passion the moment when he listened to the Brecht/Weill song ‘Pirate Jenny’, and the moment when he first heard Robert Johnson’s recordings. The band hooked up with composer Shel Silverstein when their manager sent in a demo tape to Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine both liked the demo enough to get the band to do all the songs for the movie. Despite the opacity of some passages, there is an overall clarity in voice that is generally missing in Dylan's other prose writings, and a noticeable generosity towards friends and lovers of his early years.
The band name is a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan; in fact, the original name proposed for the band was "Captain Hook and the Medicine Show". Another section features Dylan's account of a guitar strumming style in mathematical detail that he claimed was the key to his renaissance in the 1990s. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. In the New Morning chapter, Dylan expresses distaste for the label 'spokesman of a generation' and he evinces disgust with his more fanatical followers. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. He also devoted chapters to two lesser-known albums, New Morning (1970) and Oh Mercy (1989), which contained insights into his collaborations with the poet Archibald MacLeish and producer Daniel Lanois respectively. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Dylan wrote three chapters about the year between his arrival in New York in 1961 and recording his first album, focusing on the brief period when he wasn't famous while virtually ignoring the mid-1960s when his fame was at its height.
The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. He once again confounded expectations. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. 1. Dr. After a year's delay, October 2004 saw the publishing of Bob Dylan's autobiography, Chronicles, Vol. His songs have been covered by more artists than perhaps any other musician's.
The poet laureate of Britain, Andrew Motion, is a vocal supporter of Dylan's work, as are musicians Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Ian Hunter and Neil Young. Within minutes of the end of concerts, setlists and reviews are posted by his loyal following. They also maintain a massive Internet presence with daily Dylan news, another site which rigorously documents every song he has ever played in concert, and one where visitors bet on what songs he will play on upcoming tours. at a furious rate.
Bob Dylan's large and vocal fan base write books, essays, 'zines, etc. While his chief place in posterity will be as the pre-eminent songwriter of 20th century America, his roles as recording artist and performer are cherished just as highly by his contemporaries. Playing keyboard, guitar, and harmonica, Dylan chooses songs from throughout his 40 year career, seldom playing the same set twice. To the dismay of some older fans Dylan refuses to be a nostalgia act; his reworked arrangements and fresh band keep the music unpredictable night after night.
The "Never Ending Tour" continues, anchored by long-time bassist Tony Garnier and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell (recently departed), and filled out with talented studio musicians. Dylan has played over 100 nights a year for the entirety of the 1990s and the 2000s, a far heavier schedule than most performers who started out in the 1960s. Some say this may not be the movie's fault, as its black comedy is often mistaken for ponderous philosophy. As difficult to decipher as one of his songs, Masked & Anonymous was panned by most major critics and had a limited run in theaters.
Dylan and Charles co-wrote the film under the pseudonyms Rene Fontaine and Sergei Petrov. 2003 saw the release of the film Masked & Anonymous, largely a joint creative venture with television producer Larry Charles and featuring one of the largest assemblages of top Hollywood stars in a film. In 2002, Q magazine named Dylan in their list of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die", although this was as part of a sub-list of "5 Bands That Could Go Either Way". Keyboard player Augie Meyers, the only musician not part of Dylan's touring band, also played on Time Out of Mind, earning Dylan's praise: "He can bring a song, certainly any one of mine, into the real world.".
Charlie Sexton and David Kemper, both highly respected in the music world, had also toured with Dylan for years. Larry Campbell, one of the most accomplished American guitarists of the last two decades, has played on the road with Dylan since 1997. Tony Garnier, bassist and bandleader, had played with Dylan for 12 years, longer than any other musician. Though Dylan produced the record himself under the pseudonym Jack Frost, the record's fresh sound is owed in part to the accompanists.
"Moonlight":. "Mississippi":. The album's lyrical strengths are as pronounced as his most famous earlier work:. Even those quite familiar with his earlier work cannot imagine Bob Dylan crooning, as he does on "Bye and Bye" and "Moonlight".
Lyrically adventurous and musically unprecedented in his long career, Love and Theft, by many opinions, stands among the greatest of his work. Love and Theft, an album that explores divergent styles of American music and revisits Dylan's own creative roots, emerged as an uplifting piece of art amidst a great tragedy, having been released on September 11, 2001. For reasons unannounced, the Oscar tours with him, presiding over shows perched on top of his amplifier. In 2001, his song "Things Have Changed", penned for the movie "Wonder Boys", won an Academy Award for Best Song in a motion picture.
Black humor is present throughout Time Out of Mind, but comes out most on the 16 minute blues "Highlands", his longest track to date. The ballad "To Make You Feel My Love", covered by both Garth Brooks and Billy Joel, was widely revered. (He was one of numerous performers on The Concert for Bangladesh, the 1972 winner.) "Not Dark Yet", a slow brooding anthem, ranks near the top of many all-time Dylan best lists. This collection of complex songs won him his first solo Album of the Year Grammy Award.
September saw the release of the new Lanois-produced album, Dylan's first collection of original songs in seven years. Time Out of Mind, with its bitter assessment of love and morbid ruminations, was highly acclaimed and achieved an unforeseen popularity among young listeners, particularly the song "Love Sick", later covered by The White Stripes. However, he made a speedy recovery, and left the hospital saying "I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon." His work ethic soon returned to its previous level, and he was back on the road by the summer. That spring, before the album's release, Dylan was hospitalized with a life-threatening heart infection, pericarditis, brought on by histoplasmosis. With the quality of his output taking a turn for the better, and a stack of songs written while snowed-in on his Minnesota ranch, Dylan returned to the recording studio with Lanois in January of 1997.
The unreleased bootlegs of this album are prized by fans, particularly a slow, striking version of "I Want You" and versions of "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and "Blood in My Eyes", as is a four-CD bootleg of a 1994 show in New York City's Supper Club. Essentially a greatest hits collection, it was notable for its inclusion of "John Brown," an unreleased 1963 song detailing the ravages of both war and jingoism. His 1995 concert on MTV Unplugged, and the album culled from it, marked Dylan's only newly-recorded output during the mid-1990s. The next few years saw Dylan returning to his folk roots with two albums covering old folk and blues numbers: Good As I Been To You (1992) and World Gone Wrong (1993), featuring nuanced interpretations and ragged but highly original acoustic guitar work, led by a powerful version of "Lone Pilgrim".
Beside these songs sits "Born in Time", regarded as one of his most sincere love songs. They seemingly were written for the entertainment of Dylan's five year old daughter, Desiree Gabrielle (Gabby Goo Goo?) Dennis-Dylan. A later discovery by biographer Howard Sounes of Dylan's concealed 1985 marriage and child makes sense out of the nonsense songs. This album, dedicated to Gabby Goo Goo, puzzlingly consisted of childish songs, including "Under the Red Sky", "Wiggle Wiggle", and "Cat's in the Well", all recorded straight-on without any of the studio wizardry of "Oh Mercy".
Dylan's 1990s began with Under the Red Sky (1990), an odd about-face from the serious Oh Mercy. The dense, production-heavy arrangements throughout the album count as yet another of Dylan's inspired departures. The track "Most of the Time", a ruminative lost love composition, was later prominently featured in the film High Fidelity, while "What Was It You Wanted?" was a love song that doubled as a dry comment on the expectations of fans. Lanois's influence is audible throughout Oh Mercy, especially in the ambience provided by reverb-heavy guitar tracks.
Dylan finished the decade with Daniel Lanois-produced Oh Mercy (1989). Also in 1988, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The film was a critical and commercial dud. When asked in a press conference if he had anything to do with writing this movie Dylan replied, attempting to stifle his laughter, "I couldn't have possibly written anything like that.". In 1987 he starred in Richard Marquand's movie Hearts of Fire in which he played a washed up, retired rock star turned chicken farmer whose teenage lover, played by one hit wonder '80s artist Fiona Flannigan, leaves him for a jaded English synth-pop sensation (whose hit song is "Tainted Love"), played by Rupert Everett.
Dylan added both Lucky and Boo Wilbury to his growing list of pseudonyms. Later in 1988 he took part in the Traveling Wilburys album project, working with Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, and his good friend George Harrison on lighthearted, well-selling fare. He made a number of music videos for MTV as well. Still, these lesser albums each contain gems, from 1985's Empire Burlesque ("When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky" and "Dark Eyes") to Knocked Out Loaded (1986) (with its Kris Kristofferson cover "They Killed Him" and the long, clever "Brownsville Girl") to Down in the Groove (1988) (containing the understated "Death is Not the End", the catchy "Silvio", cowritten with Grateful Dead collaborator Robert Hunter, and the folk ballad "Shenendoah").
1-3. Doldrums set in through much of the 1980s, with his work varying from the adequate (1983's Infidels) to the dreadful (1988's Down in the Groove), all the while crossing the world on his "Neverending Tour". Infidels was more noteworthy for what it did not include than for what it did, as Dylan left off the album what many consider to be some of his best work ever: "Blind Willie McTell", "Foot of Pride", "Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart" and "Lord Protect My Child", all of which were later released on the boxed set The Bootleg Series Vol. His rare and notoriously confrontational interviews and reclusive lifestyle arouse and belie all speculation among his fans, as details about his personal life are closely guarded. News reports of his involvement in Chasidic Jewish fundraisers sways thinking one way, then he will sing a purely Christian song like "Saving Grace" in concert and set up a counter sway.
Dylan's current religious convictions are the subject of a running debate among Dylanphiles. When touring to support these albums, Dylan refused to play secular music and recordings reveal that he delivered short sermons on stage, typified by:. "Solid Rock", "Saving Grace", "Pressing On" and "In the Garden" from Saved (1980), plus "Every Grain of Sand" and the title song from Shot of Love (1981), along with the Shot of Love outtakes "Caribbean Wind" and "Angelina", have been recognized by many as among the greatest contributions to gospel music by a 20th century white composer. Ranking among his best work are the sincere "Precious Angel", the syncopated "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" and the forboding title track "Slow Train Coming".
Because of their religious content, many listeners overlook the masterworks on these records, which received harsh critical receptions that may have contributed to Dylan's loss of interest in creating high-quality albums in the mid-Eighties. He married his back up singer Carolyn Dennis and they had a girl, Desiree Dennis Dylan. He released three albums of primarily religious songs; of these, some fans regard Slow Train Coming (1979) as most worth attention. Dylan's work in the late 1970s and early 1980s was dominated by his becoming, in 1978, a born-again Christian.
Also in 1978 Dylan starred with The Band, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Neil Young, and many others in Scorsese's concert film The Last Waltz. The song Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) contends for the title of Dylan's most inscrutable ever, employing an oddly logical illogic ("Well, the last thing I remember before I stripped and kneeled / Was that trainload of fools bogged down in a magnetic field / A gypsy with a broken flag and a flashing ring / Said, 'Son, this ain't a dream no more, it's the real thing'"). His 1978 album Street Legal was well reviewed and lyrically one of his most complex and absorbing, although it suffered from an unaccountably poor sound mix, submerging some gorgeous organ, saxophone and guitar work in the sonic equivalent of cotton wadding. The movie garnered unpleasant reviews and was screened only in bohemian neighborhoods of large cities.
Rolling Thunder, some highlights from which were released in 2002, also provided the backdrop to his three hour and fifty-five minute film Renaldo and Clara, a sprawling, improvised and frequently baffling narrative interspersed with footage of the tour. Running through the winter of 1975-76 the tour also encompassed the release of the album Desire (1976), with many of Dylan's new songs featuring an almost travelogue-like narrative style, showing the influence of his new collaborator, playwright Jacques Levy. The tour was something different: an open ended evening of entertainment featuring many performers picked up on the way, including T-Bone Burnett; Steven Soles; David Mansfield; former Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn; Scarlet Rivera, a violin player Dylan discovered while she was walking down the street to a rehearsal, her violin case hanging on her back; beat poet Allen Ginsberg; Joni Mitchell; and a reunion with Joan Baez. After visiting Carter in jail Dylan wrote "Hurricane", a retelling of Carter's version of the events. Despite its length, the song was released as a single and performed at every date of Dylan's next tour, the Rolling Thunder Revue.
In 1975 Dylan wrote his first explicit "protest" song in 10 years, championing the cause of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter whom he believed had been wrongfully imprisoned for a triple homicide in Paterson, New Jersey (Carter was released in 1985 because he had not received a fair trial and was not re-tried). At a time when many younger artists, all of whom were Dylan fans, including Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits, were lumbered with the tag "the New Bob Dylan", it was evident that it was too early to count out the old Bob Dylan. Another highly regarded song, "Up to Me" never made it onto the album but was included on Biograph, a compilation including many alternate versions and bootlegs. Populated by shadowy characters and shot through with tricks of time and nonchalant wordplay, just beneath consciousness the singer (and the listener) seems to inhabit a consistent yet threatening world, most of all in the well-known "Tangled Up in Blue".
The resulting album, Blood on the Tracks (1975), was widely heralded as yet another creative peak. A plausible explanation for the album title decodes these emotional outpourings as the "blood" on the "tracks" of the vinyl disk. Coinciding with his recent estrangement from his wife, each song, from the slow blues "Meet Me in the Morning" to the lengthy, impassioned "Idiot Wind" offers insight into the darkest aspects of relationships. Following a US tour with The Band, captured on the lucrative live record Before the Flood (1974) (the tour had received more ticket requests than any prior tour by any artist), he re-entered the studio with a clutch of new songs.
"Wedding Song", which states, "You breathed on me and made my life a richer one to live / When I was deep in poverty you taught me how to give" contrasts with "Dirge" which states, "I hate myself for loving you and the weakness that it showed / You were just a painted face on a trip down suicide road." Columbia's revenge release of studio outtakes and cover versions on Dylan (1973), widely panned by critics and fans, did not stop him from returning to his old label the next year. Planet Waves contained a striking contrast between some of his most sincere love songs and his most stinging "hate" songs. In 1973 Dylan left Columbia Records for David Geffen's newly formed Asylum records, for which he recorded Planet Waves (1974) with The Band. Dylan also had a role in the film as Alias, an almost non-vocal member of Billy's gang.
Dylan occasionally reached former heights on New Morning (1970) and the mostly-instrumental soundtrack album to Sam Peckinpah's film Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, which included "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", amongst his most-covered songs. I wanna do something they can't possibly like.'". I said, 'Fuck it, I wish these people would just forget about me. He said, "We released the album to get people off my back so that they wouldn't like me anymore.
This may have been the sort of reaction Dylan was after. "What is this shit?" asked Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone magazine writer and Dylan loyalist, about 1970's Self Portrait. In the early 1970s Dylan's output was of variable quality. The same year, Dylan returned to live performance at the Isle of Wight rock festival (having made a brief appearance at Woody Guthrie's memorial concert in 1968).
It also garnered Dylan new fans with the hit single "Lay Lady Lay". The second release after the motorcycle accident, Nashville Skyline (1969), produced by Bob Johnston, was a mainstream country record featuring a mellow voiced, contented Dylan and a duet with Johnny Cash. This departure was underscored by Dylan's conspicuous absence from the Woodstock festival in 1969. The sparse structure and instrumentation, coupled with lyrics firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition, marked a departure not only from Dylan's own work, but from the escalating psychedelic fervor of the 1960s musical culture.
Upon hearing it, The Band decided to let it stand. Dylan intended for the album's sparse arrangements to be filled in by later Band overdubs. His first release after the accident, John Wesley Harding (1967), was a contemplative record, heavily influenced by the Bible, which included "All Along The Watchtower", later immortalised by Jimi Hendrix. Unsurprisingly his official output was to be strongly influenced by the relaxed lifestyle which led to The Basement Tapes.
Columbia released selections from them in 1975 as The Basement Tapes. These originals, at first compiled as demos for other artists to record, began to circulate on their own merits. The relaxed atmosphere yielded renditions of many of Dylan's favorite folk songs, and some newly written songs. More importantly, he began recording music with The Band in the basement of "Big Pink".
Once Dylan was well enough, he began editing footage into Eat the Document, an as-yet unreleased sequel to Don't Look Back. After convincing Levon Helm to rejoin them, The Band moved into a nearby big, pink house. The extent of his injuries was never fully disclosed and, whether through necessity or opportunism, Dylan used an extended convalescence to escape the pressures of stardom. On July 29, 1966, near his home in Woodstock, New York, the brakes of his Triumph 500 motorcycle locked, throwing him to the ground.
The pace of his private and professional life seemed unsustainable. Meanwhile, Dylan was being pressured to produce the book length poem Tarantula, and, by many accounts, had stepped up his drug and alcohol intake to dangerous levels. You're a liar." Turning to his band, Dylan urges them to "play fucking loud!" In fact, the audiences' negative reactions resulted in drummer Levon Helm quitting the band. At this show, long bootlegged and officially released in 1998, a folk fan loudly shouts "Judas!" from the restless audience, to which Dylan responds, "I don't believe you.
Touring to promote the record remained hectic, however, taking him to Europe and Australia through the summer of 1966, including a famously raucous confrontation with an audience at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in England. In his personal life, Dylan secretly married Sara Lowndes on November 22, 1965. The record eclipsed Dylan's earlier works with masterpieces "Visions of Johanna" and "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again." The earlier surrealism now seemed tempered with more humanity and the record more coherent than its predecessors, with knowing nods to The Beatles, amongst others. The result was another classic record, often included in the top 5 on 'best albums of all time' lists.
"That thin wild mercury sound," Dylan called it, obviating further description. Musicians in the studio, including The Hawks (who would slowly metamorphose into The Band), honed Dylan's sound. Undaunted, Dylan returned to the studio that October to begin work on his next album, the double Blonde on Blonde. In August/September 1965 at Forest Hills Auditorium and the Hollywood Bowl the group were heckled by the audience who, Newport notwithstanding, still expected the acoustic troubadour of previous years.
Finding what he was looking for in The Hawks, then backing R&B singer Ronnie Hawkins, he persuaded the group to join him on tour. In support of the record, Dylan was booked for two US concerts, and set about assembling a band. Eliot. S.
The closing song, "Desolation Row", a lengthy apocalyptic vision, wore its poeticism and influences on its sleeve, self-consciously referring to both Ezra Pound and T. The songs were in the same vein as the advance single, more surreal litanies of the grotesque flavoured by Bloomfield's blues guitar, a tight rhythm section and Dylan's obvious enjoyment of the sessions. Its signature sound, with a full, jangling band and a simple organ riff, would characterise his next album release, Highway 61 Revisited (titled after the road that led from his native Minnesota to the musical hotbed of New Orleans; and also referencing any number of blues songs; i.e. Mississippi Fred McDowell's "61 Highway."). The single "Like a Rolling Stone" was a US hit, cementing his reputation as a lyricist; at over six minutes, devoid of a bridge, "Like a Rolling Stone" also helped to expand the limits of hit radio.
Ignoring the occasional negative criticism, Dylan's rapid output (some say fuelled by rapid amphetamine intake) continued unabated through 1965 and 1966. Either way, Dylan re-emerged and sang a few solo acoustic numbers to everyone's satisfaction. The other story says that the fans were upset by poor sound quality and a truncated set. When interviewed for the PBS Roots Music series, Seeger stated he was irritated that the lyric to "Maggie's Farm" (a song Seeger admired) was nearly incomprehensible due to the volume and musical arrangement.
Seeger insists there was no axe--he had merely joked about cutting the lines, and that due to excessive volume, not the music itself. According to this account, folk great Pete Seeger grabbed an axe, threatening to cut the power during the performance. As one legend has it, the boos were from the outraged folk fans Dylan alienated with his electric guitars. The agreed-upon fact is that upon receiving a mix of boos and cheers, Dylan left the stage after only a few songs.
Two wildly divergent accounts of the crowd's response in 1965, each equally plausible, exist to this day. Dylan had appeared at Newport twice before in 1963 and 1964. That summer, Bob Dylan guaranteed the mythological nature of his legacy by performing his first electric set with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band at the Newport Folk Festival, remembered ever since as a watershed event. Tambourine Man", had already been a hit for The Byrds, albeit in a truncated form, and would remain one of Dylan's most enduring compositions.
One of these songs, "Mr. Side 2 of the album was a different matter, comprising lengthy acoustic songs whose undogmatic political, social and personal concerns are illuminated with the rich poetic imagery that would become another trademark. as well as a line further along:. Its opening lines were memorized by nearly the entire generation:.
Pennebaker's cinema verite presentation of Dylan's 1965 tour, Don't Look Back. A. The raucous first single, "Subterranean Homesick Blues" owed much to Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" and was provided with an early music video courtesy of D. Lyrically, however, the songs were pure Dylan, exhibiting his dry wit and inhabited by a sequence of grotesque, metaphorical characters.
The music, provided by a full electric band of mainly session musicians, was a definite departure. Influenced by The Beatles (whose artistic development had already been enhanced by Dylan's influence), and the rock and roll of his youth, the first side contained his first original uptempo rock songs. His March 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home was a further stylistic leap. Throughout this time Dylan's artistic development moved so fast that he frequently left both critics and fans behind.
By way of excuse, or even apology, he offers only that "I was so much older then / I'm younger than that now" and few have summed up the transition in his work from 1963 to 1965 better. "My Back Pages", in a similar style, is even more personal, a scathing attack on the dichotomous simplicity and arch seriousness of his own earlier work. "Chimes of Freedom" was the first of a new type of Dylan song: lengthy and impressionistic, it retains an element of social commentary but with the topicality of his earlier work replaced by dense metaphorical landscape, a style later characterised by Allen Ginsberg as "chains of flashing images". Perhaps more important to his later development were two other tracks.
"Spanish Harlem Incident" and "To Ramona" were touching love songs, while "Ballad in Plain D" and "I Don't Believe You" mourned a breakup; perhaps Dylan's parting with long-time girlfriend Suze Rotolo, who had been pictured with him on the famous album cover of Freewheelin'. Musically he had changed, too. Another Side is the first album on which Dylan's piano playing is featured (though only on one track, "Black Crow Blues"), with the beat and bass of his left hand presaging his return to rock music the next year. The surreal Dylan re-emerged on "I Shall Be Free #10" and "Motorpsycho Nightmare" employing a sense of humor which would persist throughout his career. Perhaps inevitably, then, his next album — the accurately but prosaically titled Another Side Of Bob Dylan (1964) — had a lighter mood than its predecessor. Some say this separation was not ideological, but rather an expression of Dylan's understandable reluctance to accept the title "Voice of His Generation".
The messages, both from Dylan and those who booed him, were clear: Dylan and the civil rights movement were drifting apart. Kennedy, a drunk and rambling Dylan questioned the role of the committee, insulted its many overweight and balding members and claimed he saw something of himself in Lee Harvey Oswald. Accepting the "Tom Paine Award" from the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee at a ceremony shortly after the assassination of John F. By the end of the year, however, he started to feel both manipulated and constrained by the folk-protest movement.
Never explicitly mentioning race, the song leaves no doubt that the killer is white, the victim black. "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll", a highlight of the album, describes a young aristocrat's killing of a maid. The bleak material, concerned with such subjects as the murder of civil rights worker Medgar Evers and the despair engendered by the breakdown of farming and mining communities ("Ballad of Hollis Brown", "North Country Blues"), was lightened by a single anti-love song, "Boots of Spanish Leather". Dylan's next album, The Times They Are A-Changin', reflected a more sophisticated, politicised and cynical Dylan.
gave his "I have a dream" speech. By 1963, Dylan was becoming increasingly prominent in the civil rights movement, singing at rallies including the March on Washington in which Martin Luther King, Jr. Whoever sang his songs, they were immediately recognizable as his and a good part of his fame rested not only on his lyrical excellence but on the underlying attitude -- a sort of po' boy adrift in the wide world posture that gradually changed to hipster arbiter of all things cool and uncool. So ubiquitous were these covers by the mid-1960s that CBS started to promote him with the tag: "Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan".
Joan Baez, a friend and sometime lover, took it upon herself to record a great deal of his early material, as did many others including The Byrds, Sonny and Cher, The Hollies, Manfred Mann and Herman's Hermits. While a fine interpreter of songs, Dylan was not widely considered a beautiful singer, and many of his songs first reached the public through versions by other artists. This eclecticism would continue to inform his material for much of his career. Somewhat overlooked among the protest songs on Freewheelin', however, was a mixture of finely crafted bittersweet love songs ("Don't Think Twice, It's Alright", "Girl From the North Country") and jokey, frequently surreal talking blues ("Talking World War III Blues", "I Shall Be Free").
"Blowin' In The Wind" itself was widely recorded and was an international hit for Peter, Paul and Mary, setting an enduring precedent for other artists to cover Dylan's songs. His songs of the time are typified by "Blowin' in the Wind", its melody partially derived from slave song "No More Auction Block", coupled with lyrics questioning the social and political status quo. With hindsight, the lyrics to some of these songs appear unsophisticated ("How many times must the cannonballs fly before they are forever banned"), but when compared to the largely anemic popular culture of the 1950s they were a breath of fresh air, and the songs caught the zeitgeist of the 1960s. By the time of his next record, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963), he had begun to make his name as both a singer and composer, specialising in protest songs, initially in the style of Guthrie and soon practically developing his own genre. 1962 also saw Dylan recording some songs for Broadside (a folk music magazine that occasionally released recordings), under the pseudonym Blind Boy Grunt.
His performances, like his first Columbia album (1962's Bob Dylan), consisted of traditional folk, blues and gospel material interspersed with a few of his own songs. At the time his voice, musicianship and songwriting were still raw. Playing in small clubs for next to no pay, he soon gained some recognition after a review in the New York Times (September 29, 1961) by critic Robert Shelton, which led to John Hammond, a legendary music talent scout, signing him to Columbia Records. He quit formal studies in early 1961, eventually drifting to New York City to perform and to visit his ailing idol Woody Guthrie.
He added "I've read some of Dylan Thomas' stuff, and it's not the same as mine." In his 2004 biography, "Chronicles Vol.1", however, Dylan admits that Dylan Thomas was relevant to his choice of alias (although he still acknowledges no influence or tribute, saying only that "Dylan" sounds like "Allen," his middle name and original choice for a surname de plume). Dylan has often denied this, claiming in 1965 that he took the name from an uncle named Dillon. It has been suggested this choice was a tribute to the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. During his Dinkytown days Zimmerman began introducing himself as Bob Dylan.
An able but by no means brilliant student, he started university studies in 1959 in Minneapolis, during which time he was actively involved in the local Dinkytown folk music circuit. Around this time, Zimmerman chose the pseudonym Elston Gunn for himself, playing a few concerts as Bobby Vee's pianist under this name. He formed his first band, The Golden Chords, while still at high school. He spent much of his youth listening to the radio, at first the powerful blues and country music stations beamed all the way from New Orleans, and later early rock and roll.
Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, to a Jewish family from Hibbing. This lyrical innovation has occurred within the context of Dylan's steadfast devotion to the richest traditions of American song, from folk and country/blues to rock 'n' roll and rockabilly, to Gaelic balladry, even jazz, swing, and Broadway. This allows for a rich ambiguity and plurality of meaning uncommon in song up until his appearance. More broadly, Dylan is credited with expanding the vocabulary of popular music, moving it beyond traditional boy-and-girl themes into the heady realms of politics/social commentary, philosophy, and a kind of stream-of-consciousness absurdist humor that defies easy description.
The radical insurgent group The Weathermen named themselves after a lyric in Dylan's song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" ("You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"). The civil rights movement had no more moving anthem than his song "Blowin' in the Wind." Millions of young people embraced his song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" during that era of extreme change. Much of his best-known work is from the 1960s, when his musical shadow was so large that he became a documentarian and reluctant figurehead of American unrest. Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams are among the few songwriters similarly revered for their enduring contributions to the American oeuvre.
Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, USA) is widely regarded as America's greatest living popular songwriter. ISBN 1-56584-825-X. 327 pages. Mike Marqusee Chimes of Freedom : The Politics of Bob Dylan's Art The New Press, NY, 2003.
ISBN 0374281998. David Hajdu, Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001, 328 pages. ISBN 006052569X. Perennial Currents, 2003, 800 pages.
Clinton Heylin, Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited. ISBN 0743228154. Simon and Schuster, October 5, 2004, hardcover, 208 pages. Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume 1.
"Seņor" (Street Legal, 1978). "Every Grain of Sand" (Shot of Love, 1981). "Visions of Johanna" (Blonde On Blonde, 1966). "Not Dark Yet" (Time Out of Mind, 1997).
"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963). "Blind Willie McTell (song)" (outtake, Infidels, 1983, released on The Bootleg Series 1-3, 1991). "Desolation Row" (Highway 61 Revisted, 1965). "Like a Rolling Stone" (Highway 61 Revisited, 1965).
"Tangled Up in Blue" (Blood On The Tracks, 1975). "Visions of Johanna". "Desolation Row". "Highway 61 Revisited".
"Ballad of a Thin Man". "Love Sick". "It's Alright, Ma I'm Only Bleeding". "Chimes of Freedom".
"Masters of War". "Don't Think Twice It's Alright". "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll". "Hurricane".
"Forever Young". "Subterranean Homesick Blues". "Lay Lady Lay". "Gotta Serve Somebody".
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door". "Tangled Up in Blue". "All Along the Watchtower". Tambourine Man".
"Mr. "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall". "The Times They Are A-Changin'". "Like a Rolling Stone".
"Blowin' in the Wind".