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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.

Absolutely FabulousThe Ab Fab movie hits cinemas on July 1st.

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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Album Of The Day: 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'


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Musical genius Bob Dylan celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (May 24th 2016) just days after he released his 37th studio album 'Fallen Angels'. And while he's not quite as popular as he was in the 60s and 70s, his early masterpieces will never be forgotten.

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The artist... This Minnesota born songwriter is probably most famous for his songs 'Blowin' In The Wind' and 'The Times They Are a-Changin''. He re-defined what it means to be a folk musician, and injects real world issues into his lyrics. He's also an accomplished artist, having had various drawings and paintings displayed in art galleries.

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'Secret' Bob Dylan Archive Containing Thousands Of Items To Be Housed In Tulsa


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A previously undiscovered treasure trove of private diaries, documents and recordings belonging to Bob Dylan, arguably the most iconic and influential songwriter in pop history, has been obtained by a consortium and will be housed in Tulsa as the Bob Dylan Archive.

According to the New York Times, an archive constituting more than 6,000 items, including notebooks, photographs, poems, art, unseen film footage and unheard demo recordings, was acquired by the George Kaiser Foundation and the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma for between $15 million and $20 million.

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Has Simon Cowell Chosen A Bob Dylan Song For This Year's 'X-Factor' Winner?


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Simon Cowell has reportedly decided on the song which will be covered by the winner of this year’s ‘X-Factor’. The music mogul is said to have picked Bob Dylan’s 1974 classic ‘Forever Young’ for the 2015 winner to re-work, a choice that’s sure to anger many music fans.

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A source told The Sun newspaper: "Simon is aware that the song choice will split opinion. Some will argue he is introducing Bob and the song itself to a new, younger audience. But arguably the majority will feel the opposite.”

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Taylor Swift Sittin' Pretty At Number One For 11th Week


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It’s getting to be a bit like Groundhog Day… another Wednesday, another week at Number 1 for the musical machine that is Taylor Swift. 1989 has notched up an eleventh non-consecutive week at the top of the US Billboard 200, according to figures released by Nielsen SoundScan.

It means that the album, released 15 weeks ago way back November, is now equal with Swift’s second record Fearless for her longest reign at the top. In all that time, it has been no lower than Number 2, interrupted by one week stints for One Direction, J.Cole, Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy.

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Taylor Swift scored an 11th non-consecutive week at Number 1

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Bob Dylan Reveals Details Of Frank Sinatra Covers Album, 'Shadows In The Night'


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Bob Dylan recently announced that his recognizable croaking vocals will be taking on one of the most unblemished singers in music history as he is set to release an album that consists of only Frank Sinatra covers, titled 'Shadow In The Night.'

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Dylan will release 'Shadows In The Night' In February 2015

The forthcoming studio album will be released on February, 3. 2015, on Columbia Records, and will feature a ten-track list that includes his own versions of 'I'm A Fool To Want You,' 'Stay With me' and 'What'll I Do.'

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Bob Dylan In Hot Water Over Croat-Serbs, Nazi-Jews Comparisons


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Bob Dylan is allegedly facing legal action over comments he made regarding Croatians and Serbians in an interview with Rolling Stone. The CRICCF - a Croatian community organisation based in France – suggested the comments violated French racial hatred laws.

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He is reported to have said: "Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery - that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that.

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Bob Dylan Gets Interactive With 'Like A Rolling Stone' Video


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Imagine if you turned on your TV one day and found that, not only was Bob Dylan's timeless 'Like A Rolling Stone' the only thing that was coming out of the speakers, but everyone who appeared on screen was lip-syncing the lyrics to the 1965 track. It would be pretty weird to say the least. This is exactly what happens in the all new interactive video for the Dylan track, which went viral earlier this week.

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Not for the first time, Bob is pushing the boundaries of music video

Not only does this mark the first time the much-celebrated song has been given a backing video, but also marks the ever-increasing popularity of interactive music videos as a musicians' resource. The video plays out as a though your computer screen is a TV, and you are sat at home hopping through the channels, with each channel playing something different, but saying (or should that be singing) the same thing. How does it feel? Pretty darn cool actually.

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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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Bob Dylan Announces Several UK Tour Dates In November


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Bob Dylan will be returning to the UK this autumn. The 'Like A Rolling Stone' rocker has announced nine tour dates across Britain, following his continental European tour.

This is still part of Dylan’s 'Never Ending Tour' tour, which technically began in 1988 and, as of this year, includes over 2500 tour dates. Yes, the legendary singer-songwriter has his own way of doing things, but then nobody can argue against it? His European destinations so far include Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Berlin, among others, while in the UK he has scheduled shows in Glasgow, Blackpool and finally three London dates between the 26th and 28th of November.The full tour schedule is available on Dylan’s official website.

The setlist for Dylan’s tour dates changes from night to night, but he will be performing songs off his latest album, Tempest, which was released in 2012, as well as reprising a lot of his classic hits like 'The Times They Are a’Changin’' and 'John Wesley Harding' and a wealth of other classics by the crooner.

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Bob Dylan To Be Awarded France's Highest Honour, The Legion D'Honneur


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Bob Dylan looks set to be awarded the Legion d'Honneur, the highest award offered by the French people, with the singer officially added to the final list of nominees to be handed the award. The award will be the one billionth award of his illustrious career (we think), and fitting decoration for one of music's most influential personalities.

Grand Chancellor Jean-Louis Georgelin told French daily Le Monde that Dylan had been officially selected for the award on Sunday (June 2), although he went to mention that the nomination had previously been thrown out because of an unspecified "controversy" among the council members. It is believed that his open drug use and stern opposition to the Vietnam War may have cost him the vote, however the council had a change of heart and decided o put the 'Blowing in the Wind' singer up for the top honour.

Georgelin described Dylan as an "exceptional artist" known throughout the world as a "tremendous singer and great poet," and would be a fitting honouree. In spite of the 'controversy' surrounding his vote, Dylan now looks like the front runner for the award and will join the lives of Michael Schumacher, Ralph Lauren and J. K. Rowling as one of the many foreign, non-military affiliated honourees.

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Bob Dylan Could Potentially Be Awarded France's Highest Honour; The Legion D'Honneur


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Legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan might have another award to put on the mantlepiece soon, as the counter-culture extraordinaire is said to be in contention to be awarded France's highest honour; the Legion d'Honneur. His decoration has apparently been approved by the Legion d'Honneur's council and is now among a list of nominees up for the prestigious award.

There was controversy surrounding Dylan's selection, with his marijuana use and opposition to the Vietnam War being the key factors in any deliberation behind the decision. The committee's grand chancellor, Jean-Louis Georgelin, admitted in French newspaper Le Monde that he had initially turned down the nomination, citing an unspecified or elaborated on "controversy" as being the would-be factor that prevented him considering Dylan, however his head has apparently been turned and Dylan now stands a good chance of being handed the award.

In an open letter published in Le Monde on Sunday (June 2), Georgelin demonstrated his change of heart by calling the folk legend an "exceptional artist" known in his native United States and across the globe as a "tremendous singer and great poet," fonly briefly alluding to any 'controversies.' The satirical Le Canard Enchaine had brought Dylan's omission to the fore last week, accusing Georgelin of throwing out the nomination because of Dylans's pot use and stern opposition to the Vietnam War.

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Darius Rucker, Racist Tweet: What It Said And How He Shot It Down


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Darius Rucker's racist tweet, directed squarely at the singer-songwriter for making country music, was the talk of Twitter this week. A user named pqkullman - who has since deleted his account - tweeted to Rucker, "Leave country to the white folk," following a discussion about the classic song 'Wagon Wheel,' written by Bob Dylan and finished by Old Crow Medicine Show.

Obviously offended by the tweeted, Rucker replied, "WOW. Is this 2013 or 1913[?]" adding, "Ill take my grand ole Opry membership and leave your racism. Wow." The former Hootie & The Blowfish singer signed off by tweeting, "Gotta go to bed this has been hilarious tonight.If any hater thinks I care what u think. I don't make music for u. So don't listen."

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Bob Dylan Announces Tour With My Morning Jacket And Wilco - Is It His Last One?


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Fans of Americana rejoice! Three – well probably more like two – generations of the genre’s artists are set to tour the US this summer, with the legendary Bob Dylan being joined by the critically acclaimed My Morning Jacket and Wilco for a run of shows that’ll stretch from the end of June to the beginning of August.

The news was announced on the official website of Bob Dylan, with the tour being billed as the Americanarama Festival of Music.' It’s possible that there may well be more additions to the line-up, or perhaps local acts playing at each of the respective dates, with the poster promising more to be announced. Two who already have been confirmed are the Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Ryan Bingham. Thompson of course made his name as part of seminal folk group Fairport Convention.

As Billboard points out, Dylan is currently on a spring tour to support his latest album Tempest, which debuted at number three on the Billboard album charts last September; for a man who isn’t getting any younger it’s impressive the workload that the 71 year-old has taken on, though it could be argued that the amount of shows the folk star is playing could well mean he’s approaching his farewell and looking to get as much in as possible before retirement. The Summer tour will start on June 26th at West Palm Beach, Florida, calling in at 26 different shows and finishing at Mountain View.

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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.

Bob Dylan Sizing Up Huge Concert In...Swansea?


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Bob Dylan is likely to play a concert in Swansea, Wales, as part of a celebration to mark the centenary of the birth of poet Dylan Thomas. The legendary songwriter is said to have named himself after the Welsh writer - something essentially confirmed by reports that Dylan is thinking "very positively about the idea."

Geraint Davis, the member of parliament for West Swansea, told the BBC that he has asked Dylan if he would perform in the city as part of a commemorative event next year. "Bob Dylan named himself after Dylan Thomas. 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," the MP said in the British parliament on Thursday (January 17, 2013). David says Sony Music replied to his query, saying Dylan likes the idea and is considering the proposal. The 71-year-old was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, though the reason for his name change has long been debated by fans. The most popular theory is that he did indeed name himself after Thomas, whose works include Under Milk Wood and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.

Bob Dylan still tours worldwide and released his latest critically acclaimed album Tempest in September 2012.

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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Mick Jaggers' Love Letters Prove A Valuable Asset For His Secret Girl


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Rock and Roll Icon Mick Jagger wrote a bunch of love letters back in the 60's, and, with The Rolling Stones recent, and very well publicized tour, they've fetched a whopping £187,250.

Written in Australia, while Jagger was out there filming for Ned Kelly, and letters represent a poetic, 25-year-old rockstar, just about to enter his prime. "I put these letters in a bank 30 years ago thinking that our daughter would find them valuable as an adult," Marsha Hunt - the object of Jagger's then desires - told the BBC. "Who could have anticipated that rock 'n roll would remain so popular, that 30 years on this band would still be performing?" The letters were mooted to earn something between #70,000 - £100,000, so their final value of £180,000 has proved a real surprise. They were no doubt boosted, though, by the recent renaissance of the aging rockers, as they headline four sold out, and very expensive, shows in London and New York. 

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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. 

Mumford And Sons Claims Bob Dylan Was Unauthentic


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UK folk-popsters Mumford And Sons have hit out at claims that they are an unauthentic package during an interview with The Guardian, claiming that Bob Dylan - a supposed influence on the band - was as 'unauthentic' as they come.

Despite being the voice of numerous generations and possessing more storytelling and songwriting ability in his little finger than the whole of Mumford and Sons, that didn't stop frontman Marcus Mumford said, "Not since I came to the realization that Dylan, who's probably my favorite artist ever, the richest artist for me, didn't give a sh*t about authenticity... [He] lied to everyone about who he was."

Mumford and Sons, known for making songs of the same quality, and same sound, with the same lyrics and chord progression over and over, have also shot down claims that they are not a religious band either, despite their spiritual lyrics and Christian background. Bass player Ted Dwane said, "We're not all religious. In fact none of us are, really. We, er, we have a full spectrum of beliefs."

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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.


Bob Dylan Labels Plagirism Critics ‘Wussies And Pussies’.


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“Wussies and pussies.” That’s the term Bob Dylan used to describe his critics, specifically those who accused the veteran singer-songwriter of plagiarizing some of his song lyrics. In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the 71-year-old was asked what he thought of the controversy surrounding his writing sharing similarities to the works of Japanese author Junichi Saga and poet Henry Timrod.

Dylan – who has just released his 35th studio album to near universal critical acclaim – said, “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. And as far as Henry Timrod is concerned, have you even heard of him? Who's been reading him lately?” Timrod – who died in 1867 – was dubbed the poet laureate of the Confederacy though failed to find any real commercial success. Referring to the New York Times’ article about the similarities of his and poet’s work, Dylan said, “Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It's an old thing - it's part of the tradition. It goes way back.” In 2003, the Wall Street Journal noted that lyrics from Dylan’s 2001 record ‘Love and Theft’ included phrases similar to those found in the 1995 biography of a Japanese mobster. A line from the book read, “I'm not as cool or forgiving as I might have sounded,” while Dylan wrote and sang, “I'm not quite as cool or forgiving as I sound.” On this specific example, the singer-songwriter explained, “I'm working within my art form. It's that simple. I work within the rules and limitations of it. There are authoritarian figures that can explain that kind of art form better to you than I can. It's called songwriting.” Of course, accusations of plagiarism in the music world are nothing new, nor are they for Dylan, who was the target of an interview by Joni Mitchell in 2010. She told the Los Angeles Times, “Bob [Dylan] is not authentic at all…He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.”

Nevertheless, the 71-year-old Dylan remains on good form and has released three albums in as many years. Uncut magazine describes his latest – Tempest - as, “the most far-reaching, provocative and transfixing album of Dylan's later career.”

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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I'm Not There: Original Soundtrack
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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


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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


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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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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...