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Bob Dylan Picks Up Nobel Prize Medal - He Was In Town Anyway


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The people at the Swedish Academy deserve a medal or two for their patience in regards to awarding Bob Dylan. No-one in modern history has been quite as difficult to impose a Nobel Prize on than this songwriting legend, who finally accepted the accolade at a private ceremony this week.

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The Swedish Academy were relieved to finally get to meet with Bob Dylan and formally award him his Nobel Prize medal in a private ceremony in Stockholm, where he happened to be travelling for his forthcoming Never Ending Tour dates.

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Bob Dylan Announces 3-Night Residency In London This April


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As part of a series of intimate (quickly selling out) UK shows from Bob Dylan And His Band, three further dates have been announced which will see the Nobel Prize winning American songwriter embark on a three-night residency in London this coming April.

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In addition to his shows in Cardiff, Bournemouth, Nottingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and London's SSE Arena in May, Bob Dylan will be heading to the London Palladium on April 28th, 29th and 30th. Tickets are already sold out for the Cardiff, Bournemouth and Glasgow shows.

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Bob Dylan's Acceptance Speech Read At Nobel Prize Ceremony


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A speech written by Bob Dylan was read by the United States Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji, at the Nobel Prize ceremony on Saturday night, after the singer was unable to attend.

Dylan, who was being honoured with the Nobel Prize for literature, missed the ceremony due to “pre-existing commitments”, but provided a lengthly speech where he said he never imagined he would one day receive the honour.

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Patti Smith To Honour Bob Dylan With Performance At Nobel Gala


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Patti Smith is set to honour Bob Dylan at the forthcoming Nobel Prize ceremony in Sweden by performing a cover of one of his famous songs. The folk artist isn't going to be attending the event himself, but Smith is determined to make it a super special occasion nonetheless.

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The punk rock icon will play Dylan's 1963 song 'A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall', from his album 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan', at the Stockholm event on Saturday. She was initially asked back in September to perform live at the gala and planned to do one of her own songs alongside an orchestra, but decided to change tack when it was announced that Dylan had won the Nobel Literature Prize.

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Bob Dylan Will Provide A Speech For Nobel Prize Ceremony


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Bob Dylan will not be putting an appearance at the Nobel Prize ceremony on December 10, but he will be providing a speech.

The singer will supply a speech which ‘will be read’ at the event in Stockholm, where he is being honoured with the Nobel prize in literature.

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Bob Dylan Will Not Attend The Nobel Prize Ceremony


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Bob Dylan will not be attending the Nobel Prize ceremony, the Swedish Academy has confirmed.

The Academy received a personal letter from the singer, saying that due to pre-existing commitments, he is unable to make the trip to Stockholm in December to attend the ceremony.

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'I Appreciate The Honour': Bob Dylan Finally Opens Up About His Nobel Prize


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Finally! Bob Dylan has broken his silence on his Nobel Literature Prize win after precisely sixteen days after the announcement was made and, despite some speculation that he wouldn't, he has accepted the coveted honour. Though he's still vague on whether or not he will attend the ceremony in December.

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Just when the Nobel committee had given up trying to get hold of Bob Dylan, he has finally given them a call. Or at least they have given him another call and he's answered. Almost a week after one Nobel member branded him 'impolite and arrogant'.

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Nobel Member Brands Bob Dylan 'Impolite And Arrogant'


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A member of the academy that awards the Nobel prize for literature has branded Bob Dylan ‘impolite and arrogant’ for not yet acknowledging the award.

Dylan was announced as the recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature on October 13, but he is yet to make any public comment.

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Is Bob Dylan Trying To Reject His Nobel Prize?


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Apparently people have been making Bob Dylan feel so bad about winning the Nobel Literature Prize this month that he has felt the need to remove any mention of it from his website. No wonder he hasn't been in contact with the Nobel committee just yet.

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In a piece plugging his latest book of lyrics, 'The Lyrics: 1961-2012', the legendary songwriter was referred to as 'winner of the Nobel prize in literature'. Which he is. Unfortunately, it encouraged sceptics everywhere to continue their tirade against him and vociferate their opinions on why he's unworthy to be named a Nobel laureate.

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Nobel Prize Committee Gives Up Trying To Contact Bob Dylan


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Days after they awarded him their prestigious annual prize for literature, the Nobel committee has admitted they have given up trying to contact Bob Dylan.

The Swedish academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius, told the national broadcaster’s SR radio station on Monday (October 17th) that Dylan hadn’t said yes to any of the e-mails or telephone calls they had made, despite "friendly" responses, in order to ascertain whether he’ll be able to attend the awards ceremony in December.

“Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent e-mails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough,” Danius confirmed.

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Bob Dylan Wins The 2016 Nobel Prize For Literature


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Legendary singer and songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature, for what the award’s judges describes as “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” over his entire body of work.

In doing so, Dylan became the first songwriter to receive the hugely prestigious award from the Swedish judging panel. It was a decision that left many prize-watchers surprised but mostly in agreement that it was appropriate.

His name had been raised on a number of occasions over the last couple of decades, but was never really thought of as a serious contender.

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Kylie Minogue Will Be Singing The Theme Tune For 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'!


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The upcoming Absolutely Fabulous movie has just got a lot more fabulous, as Kylie Minogue has revealed she’ll be singing the film’s theme tune. Kylie will cover Bob Dylan’s 'This Wheel’s On Fire' for the film’s soundtrack, which will be released on July 1st.

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But for eager fans Kylie’s cover is already available to pre-order on download. ‘This Wheel's On Fire’ has always been the show’s theme and was covered by Julie Driscoll and Adrian Edmondson for the sitcom.

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Bob Dylan Under Investigation In France For 'Racist' Remarks


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Iconic American singer/musician Bob Dylan has landed in hot water with the French authorities.

The 72 year-old has been placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly making racist remarks towards Croatians.

The comments stem from an interview Dylan did with Rolling Stone magazine last year in September 2012, a Croatian community organization claim the 'Blowin in the Wind' singer incited racial hatred.

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3 Very Cool Pictures Of Bob Dylan At The Royal Albert Hall [Pictures]


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It's been 46 years since Bob Dylan has played London's Royal Albert Hall and the legendary singer-songwriter set about making up for lost time during his show on Tuesday evening (November 26, 2013).

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Promoting his critically acclaimed album Tempest, Dylan appears to have returned to form on his current UK tour. It's no secret that the 72-year-old has often been criticized for his live sets, rendering Like A Rolling Stone and others unrecognisable and raising eyebrows with a distinctly gravelly delivery. 

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Folk Metal: Bob Dylan's 'Mood Swings' Exhibition Opens In London


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Bob Dylan's new sculpture exhibition, Mood Swings, has opened in Central London's Halcyon Gallery and will offer visitors a chance to experience the singer's lesser-known skill for metalwork. The exhibition features his distinctive and ornate iron sculptures, made with scrap metal, as well as paintings, bullet-ridden car doors and mock-up covers of classic American magazine, TIME and Playboy.

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Bob Dylan Shows Off His Welding Skills In A New Exhibition.

The 72 year-old musician, who has amassed 110 million record sales to date, has said that the inspiration for the collection comes from his Minnesotan heritage. "I've been around iron all my life ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country - where you could breathe it and smell it every day. And I've always worked with it in one form or another," he explained, via Sky News.

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Muscle Shoals? You Know, Home Of The World's Greatest Songs [Trailer + Pictures]


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Located along the Tennessee River is Muscle Shoals - a small town in Alabama and an unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and interesting music. Under the influence of "the singing river" as the Native Americans called it, Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important songs of all time.

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Etta James Recording At Muscle Shoals Studio

At the heart of the Muscle Shoals sound is Rick Hall - sounds like a wrestler, actually the founder of FAME studios, home of house band The Swampers.

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'Another Self Portrait' Is The Album Bob Dylan Fans Have Wanted To Hear For 43 Years


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This Tuesday, August 27, sees the release of Bob Dylan’s sequel (or should that be a blooper reel) to his 1970 Self Portrait. The tracks on Another Self Portrait, however, are far from bloopers themselves. While the 1970 original was largely critically panned, the 35 tracks on the new album, which include songs, which didn’t make it on his follow-up New Morning, as well as some miscellaneous previously unreleased recordings, also contain some of the biggest gems from Self Portrait.

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With this record, Dylan has reclaimed the power from his record label.

This Portrait seems to contain all the music that the will of record producers left off the original, to the regret of fans. The two-disc set also offers live recordings from Dylan’s 1969 performance on the Isle of Wight, accompanied by The Band. In short, these cutting room floor rejects seem to hold most of the soul of the 1970 album and more.

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Evocative 'Pretty Saro' Video Sets The Scene For Bob Dylan's New Compilation Of Vintage Tracks


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After 43 years gathering dust, Bob Dylan’s Pretty Saro will finally see the light of day on his compilation Another Self Portrait, due August 27th. The collection will feature previously unheard recordings for Dylan’s 1970 Self Portrait. 'Pretty Saro' is yet another one of those tracks – a rendition of an old English folk song, made all the more personal by Dylan’s calm, familiar vocals and accompanied by his chilled out strumming. The song went through six iterations, before Dylan was satisfied with the current version, however it didn’t make the final cut for the album.

Watch the beautiful video for 'Pretty Saro'below.

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National Portrait Gallery A New Collection Of Works By Bob Dylan


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A series of 12 pastel works by Bob Dylan will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, starting later in August. The iconic musician has often explored the world of visual arts throughout his career, but he hasn’t exhibited any of his work in Britain since 2008, when a selection of his drawings between 1989 and 1992 went on show at the Halcyon Gallery.

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Throughout his career, Bob Dylan has worked in various mediums.

According to NME, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, had this to say about the upcoming exhibition: "Bob Dylan is one of the most influential cultural figures of our time. He has always created a highly visual world either with his words or music, or in paints and pastels."

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Bob Dylan's Artwork To Go On Display At London's National Portrait Gallery


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Bob Dylan is one of the greatest and most influential singers and songwriters of all time, but it may interest you to know that the 'Like A Rolling Stone' troubadour is also an accomplished painter and has been creating works of art for decades now. Whilst his paint-based artwork has come nowhere near to matching the acclaim of his music-based art, a new installation at the National Portrait Gallery in London hopes to change this, as well as hoping to spread the word of visual art to a wider audience, one that would otherwise be uninterested in the subject.

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Dylan has been an active painter since the 60's

Titled 'Bob Dylan: Face Value,' the new exhibit is scheduled to open in September, with 12 all-new works being put on display for the general public over a limited period of time.

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Bob Dylan Artwork To Be Displayed At National Portrait Gallery, London


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Artwork by American musician Bob Dylan will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London later this month.

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Bob Dylan performing at the 2012 Hop Farm Music Festival in Kent, UK.

The exhibition entitled Bob Dylan: Face Value will be held at the National Portrait Gallery later this month. The exhibition features 12 pastel portraits by the 72-year-old musician.The portraits, contrary to usual National Portrait Gallery policy, are inspired by real people and fictitious characters from Dylan's imagination and memory.

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Bob Dylan's Artwork Coming To National Gallery: But Is It Any Good?


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Bob Dylan's artwork will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London from September, according to the BBC.

The legendary singer, 72, will exhibit 12 pastel works, a mixture of real and fictitious characters, in the Bob Dylan: Face Value exhibition. It will be the first time the creations have been exhibited anywhere in the world.

The director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, added: "Bob Dylan is one of the most influential cultural figures of our time. He has always created a highly visual world either with his words or music, or in paints and pastels."

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The Wire Named No. 1 TV Show Of All Time By Entertainment Weekly


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The hit Baltimore-set crime series The Wire has been chosen by Entertainment Weekly as the greatest television show of all time in a recent poll compiled by the magazine. The HBO series, which ran for six seasons between 2002 and 2008, battled off competiton from comedies, sci-fi classics and fellow crime dramas to be singled out as the greatest show ever-made, with EW also ordering the greatest movie, album, book and stage play of all time too.

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West starred as Det. Jimmy McNulty in The Wire

The David Simon-helmed police drama was described as the "most sustained narrative in television history" by EW as it beat off competition from The Simpsons, Seinfeld, the Mary Tyler Moorse Show and The Sopranos, who finished off the top five of the top ten countdown. Earlier this year, The Sopranos, which starred the late James Gandolfini, was chosen by the Writers Guild of America as the greatest television show of all time, but clearly the writers of EW had a different opinion. All In The Family, The Andy Griffith Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men and Your Show of Shows made up the rest of the top ten.

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Dawes To Support Bob Dylan On Spring Us Tour Plus Multiple Appearances At Sxsw 2013

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Folk You! Emmylou Harris Denies Hit-And-Run Attack In Court


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Emmylou Harris has entered a plea of "not guilty" after being charged with a hit-and-run attack in October. The legendary country singer, songwriter and backing vocalist was charged when police deemed she had crashed her rental into another car while travelling on the 405 freeway, fleeing the scene shortly afterwards.

According to TMZ.com, the Los Angeles County District Attorney filed the misdemanor charge against Emmylou today (January 31, 2013), though the 65-year-old Grammy winner denied the whole thing. She is charged with slamming into another person's car on October 1st 2012 around 10pm, before taking off. Emmylou's representative acknowledged the incident, though described it as a "garden-variety accident that happens every day on the 405," claiming the singer only left the scene because had no idea she had hit another car. Worryingly, Emmylou's not guilty plea means she faces around 6 months in jail if she is convicted of the hit-and-run charge. 

A long-time collaborator of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler and Dolly Parsons, Emmylou remains one of the biggest names in folk music. Her last studio album, 2010's Hard Bargain, reached No.3 on the U.S. country chart and No.18 on the Billboard Hot 200. 

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Bob Dylan To Perform In Wales For Dylan Thomas Tribute?


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Bob Dylan could very well be heading to the valleys of Wales as the country celebrates the centenary of the life of one of the country's most famous sons, Dylan Thomas.

Bob, real name Robert Zimmerman, is famously a huge Thomas fan and used the poet's name to come up with his own his stage name. Geraint Davies, the MP for West Swansea, is spearheading a campaign to have to folk superstar come to the Welsh city to perform a tribute concert in honour of the late poet, who 100th birthday would have fallen on 27 October. Mr Davies told parliament earlier this week: "I have asked Bob Dylan whether he would be prepared to give a centenary concert in Swansea, in order that he could blend his music with Dylan Thomas's poetry. Sony Music has come back and said that Mr. Dylan is thinking very positively about the idea."

Although Bob has never actually confirmed that he named himself after the Welsh poet, he did acknowledge the influence Thomas had on him in his early days in his autobiography and alluded to the fact that he may have taken the poets name to come up with his moniker. However, a number of skeptics have said that this might not be the case, including the singer/songwriter's biographer Robert Shelton.

Montreux Jazz Festival's Claude Nobs Dies After Ski Accident Coma


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Claude Nobs, the founder of the Montreux jazz festival, has died, following a ski accident, which resulted in him being in a coma for several weeks.

The Guardian reports that Nobs was cross-country skiing in the village of Caux, near to Montreux and Lake Geneva. His accident happened on Christmas Eve (2012), the festival’s secretary general Mathieu Jaton confirmed on Monday (January 7, 2013).

Claude – who was aged 76 when he died – began the legendary and highly respected festival back in 1967, whilst he worked at the tourism office at the Swiss resort. Some of the world’s biggest stars have played at the festival, including Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Prince. He’s not been afraid of taking risks and potentially upsetting the jazz fraternity; last year, the ‘love her or hate her’ singer Lana Del Rey was one of the lead artists performing at the festival. His renown amongst musicians is widespread and Deep Purple even immortalised the man in song, referring to him as ‘Funky Claude’ in their song ‘Smoke on the Water.’

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Was Steven Tyler's Nicki Minaj Criticism Really Racist?


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Steven Tyler has strenuously denied that he is a racist, after Nicki Minaj pulled him up on his criticism of her judging methods. The current American Idol judge publically slammed Tyler after the Aerosmith singer insinuated that she doesn't understand true rock music, saying she "would have sent [Bob Dylan] to the cornfield" had he tried out for the show.

The remarks incensed Minaj, who fired back on Twitter, "That's a racist comment. You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f*** yourself and worry about yourself babe." A debate ensued between fans of both artists on Twitter, but yesterday (November 28, 2012), Tyler explained himself on the Canadian talk show 'eTalk', saying, "I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki ... but I am the farthest from [being a racist]. I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don't know where she got that out of me saying I'm not sure how she would've judged Bob Dylan."

There's no word yet on whether the Pink Friday star has accepted the apology, though cryptically tweeted, "Always remember, keep it real with YOURSELF... Even when it's hard to keep it real with the world, keep it real with YOURSELF." 

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Bob Dylan - Tempest Album Review


What more can be said about Bob Dylan's signature voice that hasn't been said before? His nicotine-stained bark has practically become a clich' of itself and, after 34 albums, on Tempest - his 35th - that old husk still sounds as unsullied as it always has. 35 albums in a career that has exceeded its 50 year mark, for most people that would spell the end of creative output and either retirement or a string of cover albums, however Dylan isn't most people, he never has been and never will be.

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Tempest is actually one of the man's most creative and musically varied albums, not to mention it shows us that after all these years Dylan is still a master craftsman of powerful, emotive song writing. Here, Dylan continues exploring the basic themes he has been doing over the last decade on 2001's Love and Theft, 2006's Modern Times and 2009's Together Through Life - love, life and death. Particularly that last theme, death, Dylan seems most pervasive of, making this one of darkest albums to date, lyrically at least. At 71, maybe this is Dylan telling us what is playing on his mind now more than anything else. On 'Tin Angel' Dylan sings of a three-way murder/suicide and on 'Long and Wasted Years' he sings: "I ain't seen my family in twenty years/ that ain't easy to understand/ they may be dead by now/ I lost track of them after they lost their lives." A sad but true reflection that we all share one thing in common; the steady inevitable encroachment of death and for him, perhaps, that time may be closer than he'd like to think. Dylan is definitely acting his age (hang your head in shame Jagger) and however morbid it may sound, he is singing of the one thing that perhaps concerns the older generation the most.

The album isn't all doom and gloom of course; as already mentioned, this is one of Dylan's most varied albums to date. Take the album opener, the jazzy, pre-rock and roll 'Duquesne Whistle' - a song about a steam-train whistle "blowing like she's never blowed before." He sums up so very eloquently how one simple sound - that of a steam whistle - can evoke so many images in a way that only he can do. 

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Bob Dylan And Paul McCartney Songs Among Grammy Hall Of Fame List


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Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney are amongst the artists to have songs inducted into the Grammy Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Dylan has ‘the Times They Are A Changin’’ up for the honour and Macca has ‘Band on the Run’ on the list.

In a statement from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, reported by the Sacramento Bee, Neil Portnow said “With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations. Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social and cultural history.”

One stipulation of being entered onto the list is that the song must have been recorded at least 25 years ago and have had lasting significance. Also on the list of inductees are Whitney Houston and Elton John’s self-titled albums, Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man,’ recordings by James Brown, Richard Pryor and Little Richard, amongst others. Next year’s Grammy awards will be broadcast on February 10, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on the CBS Network, they are amongst the most highly regarded awards in the music industry. This years awards were marked with a tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who died just the day before the ceremony. 

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The Grammy Hall Of Fame List For 2013 Marks Its 40th Year


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Since 1973, the Grammys have been inducting particular recordings that have stood the test of time into their hall of fame. The list doesn't only include music and one of the most famous hall of famers in there is Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech. The institution have just released a few of the artists and tracks that will be included in the hall of fame for 2013 on their home website.

Included in the list are James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, Little Richard, Paul McCartney & The Wings, and Billy Joel. Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the Recording Academy spoke of next year's importance. "With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," he said. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history."

There are a couple of tracks in this years list of 27 entrants that are surprising, if only that it's take 40 years for them to make the cut. Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York' will be in the hall of fame as of next year, though surely its iconographic status had already more proven its worth. AC/DC's 'Back in Black' also appears in the list. Perhaps to pay tribute to a great figure in music, Whitney Houston's self titled album will also be inducted, marking the further great achievements and talents from all over the world, and rounding off a great 40 years of the Grammy hall of fame. 

Infinitum Nihil: Johnny Depp Announces Launch Of New Publishing Imprint


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Johnny Depp has announced that he is to launch a new publishing imprint, named Infinitum Nihil (which translates as ‘nothing is forever’). Depp’s latest venture will be housed by Harper Collins, the publishing giant and the Lone Ranger star already has two books in the pipeline: a Bob Dylan biography and a recently discovered Woody Guthrie novel.

It’s the perfect venture for Depp, who has set himself out as something of a rarity in Hollywood, carving a niche in Tinseltown’s intelligentsia; a successful, blockbuster movie actor with a cultured side, who has managed to shake off the seedier drug associations of his earlier career.

The Bob Dylan biography will be entitled The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan and according to The Washington Post, the book aims to “set the record straight on the songwriter’s enigmatic life and career and will be based in part on interviews with Dylan by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley.” The Woody Guthrie book will also involve both Dylan and Brinkley, who will act as editors on Guthrie’s 1947 novel The House of Earth. The publication of the Guthrie novel is scheduled for January 2013, whilst the Dylan book will not be expected until 2015.

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Jay-Z Cuts The Ribbon At Barclays Centre Opening


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Rapper Jay Z kicked into life the latest concert venue in Brooklyn, New York; the massive, rust-coloured Barclays Centre, taking to the stage for the venue's inaugural night.

Jay, himself a Brooklyn native, wore his heritage on his sleeve during the performance, proudly telling the crowd before his set started, "tonight is a celebration of the borough where I'm from. Welcome to my house."

The concert venue already has such stars as Bob Dylan and Barbara Streisand lined up to perform in the coming month, however not everyone is happy to see the new venue open up it's doors. The powers behind the new venue have hailed the venue as a chance to regenerate the dilapidated part of downtown Brooklyn, as well as offering a home for NBA team the Brooklyn Nets, the first sports team to represent the New York borough since 1957. However critics of the venue, who have been in protest of the venue since before construction began, believe that the new stadium will destroy the distinctive local community.

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Bob Dylan Beaten To Billboard No.1 Spot By The Dave Matthews Band


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Bob Dylan’s Tempest could only manage No.3 on The Billboard 200 Chart this week, with The Dave Matthews Band claiming the top spot.

Their album, Away from the World moved 266,000 copies, making it their sixth consecutive album in a row to take the top spot, and they are the only group to have done that according to Billboard. Their previous Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King bowed with 424,000 copies in 2009. Clambering the peak of the Billboard charts, and planting your flag in first (for the week, anyway) is a great achievement for any band, but beating the musical legend that is Bob Dylan on your way there makes it even more special, even if the aging star is considered a little old for mountaineering. Ol’ Dylan comes in at No. 3 with 110,000 album sales, but it is his fifth consecutive top-10 studio album, which is a commendable feat in itself.

Elsewhere, Little Big Town's Tornado came in 2nd for the week, with 113,000, giving the country quartet their highest charting album ever. The Avett Brothers also grab their best week ever on the Billboard 200 as The Carpenter sells 98,000, putting them at No. 4. The XX’s previous best entry was No.92, but they blew that into smithereens with a No.5 position this week; their new album Coexist selling 73,000 copies.


Foul-mouthed Rant Alert: Bob Dylan Versus The Critics


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“All those evil mother******s can rot in hell.” Harsh words there from Bob Dylan; a message to his critics, both present and past and in particular, a reference to those that labelled him ‘Judas’ when he dared to use an electric guitar. It was a move that many saw as the troubadour betraying the roots of the folk tradition through which he had made his name. Looking back, though, Dylan remains angry that his detractors felt it necessary to compare the plugging in of the electric guitar to the betrayal of Jesus Christ.

“Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff,” says Dylan in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. It's an old thing – it's part of the tradition. These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me. Judas, the most hated name in human history! Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified.” Dylan also had a word to say to those who criticize him for employing other writers’ work in his lyrical content. “Oh, yeah, in folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition. That certainly is true. It's true for everybody, but me. There are different rules for me.”

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Various Artists, I'm Not There: Original Soundtrack Album Review


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The Other Side Of The Mirror: Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival Review


Essential
Lerner, utilizing footage shot for his folk festival documentaries, presents Dylan in context with full performances from each of his festival appearances in 1963 to 65, in one of the great rock performance films, The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-65.

Lerner's film is a no-frills document of Dylan in full performance, chronicling a tale of an artist growing up and away from his folk base, leaving the idealistic folkies in the dust. It also charts an odyssey from songs of innocence to songs of experience.

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Bob Dylan, Live dates in April, Win tickets for London and Newcastle


As previously announced, Bob Dylan returns to these shores in April for his first shows since the release of Modern Times earlier this year.

To celebrate the big man's return to the UK.

We have a pair of tickets for London and a pair of tickets for Newcastle to give away.

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Masked & Anonymous Review


Bad
Masked & Anonymous, as a title, comes across as a vague, artsy moniker as inaccessible as the film it represents. But look closer at the name of this movie about revolution and despair, and you'll discover a clear reference to the film's writers; credited as Rene Fontaine and Sergei Petrov, the screenwriters have been unmasked, as it were, revealed to be the film's iconic star, Bob Dylan, and director Larry Charles (HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm).

The result of this combination is an overly ambitious film that's as muddled and cryptic as a mumble-filled Dylan vocal. Dylan stars as the symbolically named Jack Fate, an apparent musical legend, jailed in the midst of a brutally downtrodden America where the government has taken over, war is rampant, and even the counter-revolutionaries have counter-revolutionaries.

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The Last Waltz Review


Extraordinary
The Band were one of the best rock groups of the '60s and '70s, creating a unique brand of music that incorporated elements of folk, blues, and soul -- ironically, at the time when those elements were being squeezed out of rock by groups such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

Unfortunately, the Band's music didn't have much influence on the way future music would develop. But The Last Waltz, a concert film of the Band's 1976 farewell performance, remains an essential artwork. The film is a reminder that while they lasted, the Band (guitarist Robbie Robertson, drummer Levon Helm, keyboardists Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel, and bassist Rick Danko) was as good as any group in rock history.

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24th May, 1941

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Bob Dylan Movies

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival Movie Review

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival Movie Review

Lerner, utilizing footage shot for his folk festival documentaries, presents Dylan in context with full...

Masked & Anonymous Movie Review

Masked & Anonymous Movie Review

Masked & Anonymous, as a title, comes across as a vague, artsy moniker as inaccessible...

The Last Waltz Movie Review

The Last Waltz Movie Review

The Band were one of the best rock groups of the '60s and '70s, creating...