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Bob Dylan - The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert Album Review


After half a century Columbia is setting the record straight. Fans mistakenly circulated Bob Dylan's 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall show for many years as the final date on his European tour from that year. Though the bootleggers may have been wrong and a subsequent official release of that show perpetuated the myth with a tongue-in-cheek title, it's never been disputed that these shows were a pivotal moment in Rock history. This release presents a true recording from the last venue Dylan performed at in the UK in 1966. For those looking for something revelatory, it's unlikely you'll find it here though.

Bob Dylan - The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert Album Review

That's not to say that this isn't an important historical document. It's also a great performance boasting excellent sound quality, but I can't pretend it's more incendiary than the Manchester show, which was previously presented as part of Dylan's official Bootleg series. This is the latest milestone in Columbia's copyright extension project, ensuring that all of their unreleased Dylan gems will continue to turn a profit now that they have finally seen the light of day. It's a cynical view, but is certainly a consideration when in tandem with this release you note the 36 CD box of every unreleased show from 1966 that's also emerged from the vaults. This standalone double disc set is a good summation of that mammoth set, but it also certainly has its problems.

The positives to be taken from this performance are mainly to do with the mood in the room. Yes, there's a smattering of heckling when Bob plugs in and The Hawks let rip, but Dylan sounds road-weary when he acknowledges his critics. There's also no fiery 'Judas' moment where Bob's frustration with the audience had previously over into a thundering electric performance. It's clear that by this point he'd recognised he was never going to win over the minority of Folkies that felt that he'd betrayed them. So while it's a real positive to listen to a 1966 show without the booing dominating proceedings, there's also a feeling that this is a little more perfunctory as a performance.

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Bob Dylan Declines Nobel Gala, But Announces A UK Tour Instead


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Bob Dylan might not be showing his face for the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Sweden this weekend, but he is set to return to Europe in Spring 2017 with a newly announced UK tour with His Band. We are yet to confirm if his 'other commitments' are tour-related.

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The folk singer and Nobel Literature Prize laureate is giving the Nobel gala in Stockholm a miss tomorrow (December 10th 2016), citing 'other commitments' as the reason he won't be attending. He has other things on his mind after all, having just announced a six-day tour across the UK in May next year.

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Newport Folk Festival To Mark 50 Years Since Bob Dylan "Went Electric"


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It was a three song set that helped the change the course of pop music history: Bob Dylan ‘going electric’ at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Exactly fifty years after the event, the festival’s organisers are to mark the event at the 2015 edition with an event billed as ‘’65 Revisited’.

According to The Guardian, the festival’s producer Jay Sweet is to unveil an “all-star line up” of roughly a dozen contemporary artists who will come together to celebrate the infamous moment. However, he is adamant that the festival won’t try to re-create it in any way, like getting Dylan back to replicate the set.

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Various Artists - Magic Bus: 3CDs Of Huge Hits From The Hippie Trail Album Review


Well, it does exactly what it says on the box. The 57 tracks on this 'Magic Bus' compilation run from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, but, with remarkable perspicacity, the compiler has mixed them up very cleverly. 

Magic Bus: 3CDs Of Huge Hits From The Hippie Trail Album Review

The CDs are called 'Turn On', 'Tune In' and 'Drop Out' and the songs on each one reflect, more or less, their monikers. Thus, on CD1 Scott McKenzie rubs shoulders with Barry McGuire, CD2 is full of singer-songwriters; Dylan, Cat Stevens and the like; whilst CD3 rocks it up with STEPPENWOLF and Cream.

What this collection is selling is nostalgia and it does it very, very well. Anyone who grew up through the years in question will remember every one of these songs and probably sing along with them too. It has to be said that there are two major omissions though, there is nothing by either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Down to licensing presumably. That said, this is an absolutely classic collection that has been selected with extreme care and, dare it be said, love.  

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David Letterman’s Final 'Late Show' Guest Will Be His First, Bill Murray


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David Letterman’s final ‘Late Late’ show guest has been revealed and it’s none other than Bill Murray, a man who's already notched up 43 appearances on the talk show host's famous sofa over the last 33 years.

David LettermanLetterman’s final ‘Late Show’ episode takes place on May 21st.

Murray was the first guest of NBC’s ‘The David Letterman Show’ back in 1982 and his appearance ended up going down in television history. During the interview Murray memorably told Letterman “You got out of Indianapolis and didn’t look back.”

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Bob Dylan's Latest Album Is A Pleasure On The Ears


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Bob Dylan is back and it seems like he’s back with bang. His new album, Shadows in the Night, has gone straight to number one in the UK album chart and is boasting top ten entries in 13 countries around the world.

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Bob Dylan's latest album has got rave reviews

The American singer-songwriter has been influencing music and culture for five decades and it doesn’t seem like he’s planning to stop with this his 36th studio album.

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Bob Dylan Pays Tribute To Jimi Hendrix And Johnny Cash While Accepting MusiCares Person Of The Year Award


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On Saturday (Feb 7th), iconic musician Bob Dylan added another accolade to his long list of awards as he accepted the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award in Los Angeles' Convention Center in the West Hall.

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Dylan won the the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award

While accepting the prize, the singer-songwriter delivered 40 minute-long speech about an array of topics including his life and career, his critics, and he also spoke very highly of several fellow illustrious musicians who have been inspirations to him.

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Bob Dylan Admits He Would Have Become A School Teacher "If I Had To Do It All Over Again"


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Although Bob Dylan has had a success career for many decades, has millions of fans around the globe and lived a life of fame and fortune, the iconic musician would chose to become a school teacher if he "had to do it all over again."

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Dylan would have been a school teacher if he wasn't a musician

Dylan made the surprising revelation in the cover story of AARP magazine's February/March issue while promoting his latest album, 'Shadows in the Night,' which will be released on February 3rd.

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Bob Dylan Says Billionaires Should Solve Unemployment


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Bob Dylan has put forward a solution for unemployment in America – let the billionaires sort it out. In an interview with AARP magazine, the discussion turned to the state of the nation’s job market and the prospects for the future.

“The government's not going to create jobs," he said. "It doesn't have to. People have to create jobs, and these big billionaires are the ones who can do it.” The current situation, in his view, is so bad in some inner city areas that there’s an inevitability of people “turning to alcohol and drugs.”

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Bob Dylan, pictured here at London's Royal Albert Hall, releases a new album next month

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What Do Your Favourite Bands, Actors And Celebrities Say About You (According To YouGov)?


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If you need something to help waste away a few hours today, then look no further than YouGov’s new profiler app, which gives you an in-depth look at exactly what your particular tastes say about you. 

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All you have to do is type in the name of a celebrity, band, politician, tv series or even vegetable and you’ll get a tell all profile of their typical fan, which lets you in on everything from where these people are most likely live to what make of car they might drive.

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Bob Dylan To Release New Album In 2015


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Iconic musician Bob Dylan is set to release a new album in 2015, according to ‘official rumours’. Advance copies of Dylan’s latest box set The Basement Tapes Complete came with a flyer advertisement inserted into the artwork.

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Bob Dylan is reportedly releasing his 36th album Shadows In The Night early next year

The flyer stated in plain white text on a black background: ‘Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night – New Album Coming 2015’. Keeping it simple yet cryptic, as always. No other details of the forthcoming album have been confirmed, but Shadows In The Night is widely believed to be an album of cover versions.

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Five Swedish Scientists Have Been Hiding Bob Dylan Lyrics In Articles For 17 Years!


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Five Swedish scientists with a penchant for Bob Dylan, have been amusing themselves for 17 years by inserting the famous wordsmith's lyrics into their work, all in order to win a free lunch.

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The fun began in 1997 when Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg published a paper on flatulence (of all things) entitled ‘Nitric Oxide and Inflammation: The Answer Is Blowing In the Wind’. Several years later the duo then discovered that two of their colleagues, Jonas Frisén and Konstantinos Meletis, had also used a Dylan’s reference in the title of their 2003 paper about the ability of non-neural cells to generate neurons called, ‘Blood on the Tracks: A Simple Twist of Fate?’.

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Bob Dylan Named As The 2015 MusiCares Person Of The Year


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Iconic musician Bob Dylan is set to add another accolade to his long list of awards as he has been named the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year, which he will be honoured with ahead of next year's annual Grammy Awards.

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Dylan has been named the 2015 MusicCares Person of the Year

The Recording Academy and MusiCares Foundation made the announcement on Tuesday (Sept 23rd), and also revealed he will receive the prestigious prize during MusiCares' 25th annual gala dinner held in Los Angeles on Feb. 6, two days before music's biggest award ceremony.

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Various Artists - Bob Dylan In The Eighties: Volume One Album Review


Producers Jesse Lauter and Sean O'Brien's pet project for ATO Records, 'Bob Dylan In The Eighties: Volume One', is a curious proposition. A cut above the usual covers compilation, it's an ambitious attempt to reclaim lost gems from Dylan's much maligned career low point. While many listeners may not realise it, the eighties were also a prolific period for Dylan. Cherry-picking material from his eight studio albums released in just over a decade is an interesting challenge for the likes of the Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Blitzen Trapper. But, ultimately, the album doesn't elevate itself beyond a curio for the most dedicated Dylan fan.

Various Artists - Bob Dylan In The Eighties: Volume One Album Review

The good news is that, for the most part, the project does succeed in breathing new life into songs long since neglected by Bob. Stripped of the fashionable production elements of the time, there is indeed hidden beauty to the updated and diverse performances here. The song choices are also bold. Not content with simply choosing better respected compositions,there's a feeling that the artists have really tried to push themselves. For example, many would have put their money on 'Oh Mercy''s 'Most Of The Time' making an appearance, far fewer would have hoped for 'Under The Red Sky''s 'Wiggle, Wiggle'. Surprisingly, only the latter is attempted here. Yet it doesn't feel like an academic exercise to rescue these songs from obscurity, there's a real affection for the material and many of the performances warrant multiple listens.

The bad news is that, despite an impressive selection of artists contributing, the range of musical genres covered does provide for some really awkward moments. For example, I'm pretty sure that we didn't really need a dub reggae version of 'Brownsville Girl'. There's nothing that detracts from the source material, but something a little more cohesive may have been more compelling as a record. When the songs really are stripped back to their bare bones, they work far better - perhaps because the focus shifts from musical reinvention to Dylan's lyrics. That's where the real joy is here, because the eighties production and flat delivery on records like 'Down In The Groove' really did mask some classic writing from Bob.

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Johnny Depp To Play Guitar On 'Lost' Bob Dylan Album


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Johnny Depp will appear alongside some of the biggest names in music on a new album of ‘lost’ Bob Dylan songs.Depp, who turned 51 this year, will play guitar on Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, due for release this Autumn.

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The actor is an accomplished guitarist who has previously played on albums by artists including Neil Young, Iggy Pop and Oasis. He has also performed live with indie rockers the Black Keys and veteran grunge band Pearl Jam, among others.


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Here's How The Late Manny Roth Helped Create The Face Of Modern Music


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Manny Roth, club owner and New York legend, has died at age 94. He was the owner of the Greenwich Village establishment Café Wha?, heavily frequented by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many others back in the 60s. Besides his own notoriety as a colorful club owner, Roth was also the uncle of Van Halen guitarist David Lee Roth.

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Handwritten Lyrics To Bob Dylan's Iconic Anti-Establishment Song "Like A Rolling Stone" Sold For $2 Million


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In an ironic twist of fate, the handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone have sold at at Sotheby's auction house in New York. The song is one of the most popular pieces of music of the 20th century. The sale was made on Tuesday to an anonymous bidder, who paid $2.045 million for the privilege of owning the historic rough draft. Sotheby's described the buyer as a long-time fan of Dylan, who "met his hero in a non-rock context and bought directly from Dylan."

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Bob Dylan performing at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2013

They come from much more humble beginnings, scrawled on stationary from The Roger Smith hotel in Washington, D.C. back in 1965. The writing is a piece of musical history – with doodles - a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers - andcrossed-out words, it gives some insight into Dylan’s creative process at work. Dylan was 24 when he recorded the song in 1965 about a debutante who becomes a loner when she's cast from upper-class social circles..

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Music Fans Crown Ozzy Osbourne And Lady Gaga "Hardest Artists To Understand"


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Music fans have named Lady GaGa, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna in their top ten hardest artists to understand lyrically. 2000 people took part in the poll, which was created by Blinkbox music, a music streaming service.  The poll aimed to find out which artist's lyrics fans find the hardest to decipher.

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Ozzy Osbourne bagged first place as the artist whose music is hardest to make out. Fans are often left confused about what the Black Sabbath frontman is saying in his songs. It’s unclear whether they are able to understand him when he isn’t singing, as demonstrated by his bizarre Grammys intro speech.

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Music Legend Bob Dylan Will Feature In Chrysler Super Bowl Commercial


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Bob Dylan, a music pioneer since the 1960s, will be the latest high-profile personality to star in a Super Bowl ad for the upcoming sporting event.

The 74 year-old singer/songwriter will appear in a new commercial for Chrysler, which will be the latest in the automobile's series of cinematic Super Bowl ads, according to Billboard.

Dylan's name joins a list of other major entertainment stars, including Eminem, Clint Eastwood and record producer Berry Gordy, who have appeared in Chrysler ads in recent years for the annual NFL game.

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Bob Dylan's Newport Festival Guitar Sets Auction Record As It Sells For Almost $1 Million


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Bob Dylan, without knowing it, made history on Friday, 6 December, when the sunburst Fender Stratocaster he played during the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 was sold at auction for just short of $1 million. According to The Associated Press, the instrument that best signifies Dylan's move from acoustic folk to electric rock sold for $965,000 at Christie's Auction House in New York.

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Bob Dylan still tours and performs to this day

Christie's have witheld the identity of the buyer, but did say that their purchase is the most paid for a guitar at auction ever. The guitar was sold sold with its original black leather strap and Fender hard shell case and was initially marked to sell for anywhere between $300,000 to $500,000. The final price fetched for the guitar moves it just ahead of the previous record holder: 'Blackie,' the Fender Stratocaster once owned by Eric Clapton, which sold at Christie's for $959,500 in 2004.

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Bob Dylan

Date of birth

24th May, 1941

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Musician

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