Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"Tell him it was a good picture…" - Bob Dylan

Thanks to photographer Paul Till for news of his show opening in Toronto tomorrow:


MEDIA RELEASE:

FIRST 3 SONGS (NO FLASH)
LARGE MANIPULATED CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL TILL

From May 1 to May 31, 2008 at Industrial Storm, 1099 Queen Street West, Toronto, Paul Till announces the opening of his exhibition First 3 Songs (no flash), as part of the Contact Photography Festival. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 1.

Perhaps best known as Bob Dylan's photographer for the record jacket for Blood on the Tracks, Paul Till has been photographing live music concerts since 1974. "First 3 Songs (no flash) refers to the standard instructions given to concert photographers about how much time they have to get their shots.

David Byrne, De La Soul, Prince, Gang of Four, Dinosaur Jr., Iggy Pop, The Spice Girls, Nick Cave, The Boredoms, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan are some of the performers making their photographic appearance at Industrial Storm this month. "I have powerful images of famous performers, as well as those whom fame has eluded. Rather than choosing motion, I am depicting performance as frozen moments in time, petrified like flies in amber or painterly tableaus."

"The combining of images started out because I'd have a great photo with a big empty area that ruined it but could be fixed by putting a bit of another photo in it. Often it was an opportunity to include another band member. But as time wore on, other things started to happen. I'd put three photos of the same person, I'd include members of the audience, I'd throw in whatever seemed to make the images work."

The prints are a mixture of traditional black and white silver prints and both colour and black and white giclee prints, with image sizes ranging from about 22" x 22" to 20" by 50". All are multiple images, some physically collaged, some collaged and photoshopped, and some whose history is entirely in the digital realm. The techniques used are a continuity of result that predates digital photography. Till's aim is not to trick people but to show dynamic evidence that these are in fact multiple and manipulated images. This is proven through use of physical artifacts and imagery - sandwiching negatives, obvious tears and gluing of collages, multiple appearances of the same performer in a single print.

Till's photo of Bob Dylan, which was used for the cover of Blood on the Tracks after much darkroom and hand colouring manipulation, was from the first live music concert he ever photographed, using his Dad's then 40 year old Leica camera and a borrowed lens. As Till's success continued, he photographed over 1000 bands, using every combination of film, cameras and technique that he could get his hands on.

Tilll's solo exhibition history began with "new/gods/sing", a show of rock and roll photography in the early 80's. Since then he has had numerous shows, from the infrared photography of "One More River to Cross - Boats and Monuments", the colour xerography of "Some Neat Stuff" to his recent series of more formal black and white work in "Buildings, Gardens and Statues". He has exhibited widely in Canada as well as internationally. His most recent overseas exhibition was as part of "The Official Bob Dylan Exhibition" at the Proud Galleries in London, England.

The Show -- May 1 to May 31, 2008, Opening Reception 6 pm to 9 pm, Thursday, May 1, 2008
Industrial Storm - 1099 Queen Street West, Toronto

www.paultill.com

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Exciting new exhibition of Barry Feinstein’s Dylan photographs

Birmingham’s innovative Snap Galleries is hosting an exciting new exhibition of Barry Feinstein’s photographs of Dylan, 1963-1974, including the iconic shots used on the covers of both The Times They Are A-Changin’ and No Direction Home.

Opening this Saturday, 3 May, the show coincides with the publication of the photographer’s new book, Real Moments: Bob Dylan by Barry Feinstein.

You can see and download the beautiful free exhibition catalogue from:

www.snapgalleries.com

Snap Galleries Limited, Unit 7 - Ground Floor, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham B24 9FD. Tel 0121 748 3408




Gerry Smith

Monday, April 28, 2008

New DVD box set, Live Transmissions, is a must-buy

I didn’t fancy it at all. The cheap packaging design made it look like a bootleg; it carried no indication of the source of the video material; and it was clearly linked to the Transmissions CD/book which received very faint praise from a Dylan Daily reader.

On the other hand, it was on sale at Borders, so it couldn’t be a full-on bootleg. And it offered three DVDs for £5.99.

Fully expecting it to consist of a few crappy film clips, filled out by interviews with tedious D-list ‘60s survivors, to be endured once and then binned, I bought it. Reluctantly.

Lordy, oh Lordy. Don’t judge a DVD box by its cover!

Bob Dylan: Live Transmissions Collectors Special Edition, 3DVD box released Jan 2008 by Edgehill Publishing, is a real find. It compiles US TV broadcasts from 1979’s Saturday Night Live to 1994’s Woodstock 2. Its 37 tracks – most of which were new to me (though I’m not a collector) - contain many a heart-stopping Dylan performance.

I particularly liked the Gospel stuff, but the highlights are the duets with McGuinn on Mr Tambourine Man and My Back Pages, from the 1990 Roy Orbison Tribute and the 30th Anniversary Bobfest respectively. Some of the more recherch√© songs – Heartland, Pancho And Lefty, Hard Times – are reminders of the depth of Dylan’s live repertoire.

If you’re a Bobvid collector, you’ll probably already have most of these clips. If not, Live Transmissions is a must-buy. It’s a revelation.

If you see one for £5.99 at Borders, don’t even think about not buying it! Even at the typical £12 online price, it’s highly recommended.



Gerry Smith

Friday, April 25, 2008

Dylan on film: Top 10 - encore

Thanks to Pete Shore:

“Thanks for highlighting Dylan’s growing legacy on film. You invited comment - ‘Am I on the money? Barking up the wrong tree? Or just barking?’ – so here goes.

“Most of your judgments coincide with mine, so I have to conclude that you’re mainly on the money!

“But your ranking at 4 of Masked And Anonymous, and your call for careful re-evaluation of Renaldo and Clara suggest that you might be barking after all. These two films were dire projects: if they hadn’t involved Dylan they’d have been long forgotten.

“Many thanks for Dylan Daily: you always stimulate my Dylan juices.”

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dylan on film: Top 10

The imminent DVD release of the masterly I’m Not There, hot on the heels of the magnificent pair of Dont (sic) Look Back and The Other Side Of The Mirror, could well lead to a re-evaluation of Dylan’s appearances on film.

The perception of Dylan’s screen appearances could change - from a mixed collection of odds and sods to a coherent body of important work.

I already rate highly most of Dylan’s screen appearances.

Here’s my Top 10:

1. Dont Look Back
2. The Other Side Of The Mirror: Dylan at Newport 1963-65
3. Hard Rain
4. Masked And Anonymous
5. No Direction Home
6. Eat The Document
7. Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid
8. Last Waltz
9. I’m Not There
10. Highway 61 (BBC Arena 1993)


Six other appearances cry out for careful re-evaluation:

* Sydney, with Tom Petty
* Unplugged
* Renaldo and Clara
* Concert For Bangladesh
* Bob Dylan: American Troubador (Biography Channel, 2001?)
* Getting To Dylan (BBC Omnibus 1987)


But I doubt I’ll ever like:

* Live Aid
* Hearts Of Fire
* Madhouse On Castle St


What do you think? Am I on the money? Barking up the wrong tree? Or just plain barking?



Gerry Smith

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dylan’s Euro 2008 tour: neglecting major markets?

Reader Tom Church is unhappy about Dylan’s Euro 2008 tour schedule – “what on earth has possessed him to miss out his major North West European markets – England, N France, Benelux and Germany? They’re the home of the real fan base!”

I share Tom’s disappointment to some degree, but it’s pleasing that, as with the recent tour of Latin America, Dylan is taking the NET to places it doesn’t usually touch – the former Communist countries of eastern Europe. He can’t play everywhere and we’ve had a fair share in recent years.

But the tour is Hispano-centrically skewed: 10 shows in Spain looks excessive - I wonder if all the venues will sell out?



Gerry Smith

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Writer signing new Dylan-themed crime novel

Thanks to novelist Tom Grasty:

“I wanted to apprise your readers in the Los Angeles area that I will be signing my new novel, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, at the LA Festival of Books this Saturday, 4/26/08.

“I'll be in booth 409 (the Skirball Center booth; I am signing in conjunction with their "Dylan American Journey, 1956-66" exhibit).

“Very quickly, the novel is a murder mystery set in the rock world. But not just any rock superstar is knocking on heaven's door. The murdered rock legend is none other than Bob Dorian, an enigmatic, obtuse, inscrutable, well, you get the picture...

“Suspects? Tons of them. The only problem is they're all characters in Bob's songs.

“I hope to see some Los Angelenos there. And those who can't make it, Amazon is only a click away. Or to learn more about the book go "behind the tracks" at:

www.bloodonthetracksnovel.com

Monday, April 21, 2008

I'm Not There - DVD extras

The eagerly awaited I'm Not There DVD release is being variously advertised as 6 May (US) and 9 June and 14 July (UK).

Thanks to Bernard McGuinn for supplying this list of the DVD Extras. They’re welcome, though such an impressive movie hardly needs extras – it’d fly off the shelves without them anyway:

- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
- Audio Commentary with Director Todd Haynes
- Premiere Featurette
- The Making Of I'm Not There
- Subterranean Homesick Blues Music Video
- Audition Tapes - Ben Whishaw and Marcus Carl Franklin
- Gag Reel
- Conversation with Todd Haynes
- Making of the Soundtrack
- Dylan Filmography
- Dylan Discography
- New York Times Article on the Film, by Robert Sullivan
- Lyrics




Gerry Smith

Friday, April 18, 2008

Dylan interviews box discounted

For the Dylan fan who has everything (else)?

Bob Dylan Interview Box is a repackaged version of a trio of Chrome Dreams single CD releases, covering Zim interviews from late 1965 and 1981 and a Weberman tape. HMV Oxford Circus recently had it discounted to £10.


Gerry Smith

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bob Book News: Suze Rotolo’s Memoir and the Dylan Encyclopedia

Publishers Random House are advertising Suze Rotolo’s must-buy A Freewheelin' Time - A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties with a 13 May release date.

Here’s the official promo copy:

“A Freewheelin' Time - A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties. Written by Suze Rotolo. Format: eBook, 240 pages. On Sale: May 13, 2008. Price: $17.95. ISBN: 978-0-7679-2912-7 (0-7679-2912-8). Also available as a hardcover. Published by Broadway

“A Freewheelin’ Time is Suze Rotolo’s firsthand, eyewitness, participant-observer account of the immensely creative and fertile years of the 1960s, just before the circus was in full swing and Bob Dylan became the anointed ringmaster. It chronicles the back-story of Greenwich Village in the early days of the folk music explosion, when Dylan was honing his skills and she was in the ring with him.

“A shy girl from Queens, Suze Rotolo was the daughter of Italian working-class Communists. Growing up at the start of the Cold War and during McCarthyism, she inevitably became an outsider in her neighborhood and at school. Her childhood was turbulent, but Suze found solace in poetry, art, and music. In Washington Square Park, in Greenwich Village, she encountered like-minded friends who were also politically active.

“Then one hot day in July 1961, Suze met Bob Dylan, a rising young musician, at a folk concert at Riverside Church. She was seventeen, he was twenty; they were young, curious, and inseparable. During the years they were together, Dylan was transformed from an obscure folk singer into an uneasy spokesperson for a generation.

“Suze Rotolo’s story is rich in character and setting, filled with vivid memories of those tumultuous years of dramatic change and poignantly rising expectations when art, culture, and politics all seemed to be conspiring to bring our country a better, freer, richer, and more equitable life.

“She writes of her involvement with the civil rights movement and describes the sometimes frustrating experience of being a woman in a male-dominated culture, before women’s liberation changed the rules for the better. And she tells the wonderfully romantic story of her sweet but sometimes wrenching love affair and its eventual collapse under the pressures of growing fame.

“A Freewheelin’ Time is a vibrant, moving memoir of a hopeful time and place and of a vital subculture at its most creative. It communicates the excitement of youth, the heartbreak of young love, and the struggles for a brighter future.”

Thanks to Bernard McGuinn for the link


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And thanks to Terry Kelly for his tip that Continuum have delayed the UK publication of the paperback edition of Michael Gray's Bob Dylan Encyclopedia - it was due to be published in the US and UK on Tuesday.



Gerry Smith

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Forever Young with pics – Dylan takes on the pre-school market

The lyrics of Dylan’s masterpiece from Planet Waves are to be used as the text of Forever Young, a new children’s book to be published by Simon and Schuster on 23 September (US)/6 October (UK).

The 40 page hardback, priced at £12 by amazon.co.uk, will feature illustrations by Paul Rogers.

Films, paintings, memoirs, lyrics, radio shows, albums, tours … and now Uncle Bob takes on the pre-school market … is there no limit for the Pulitzer prizewinner?


Gerry Smith

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

BOBMANIA #17: Hibbing bash to celebrate Dylan’s birthday

Thanks to Nelson T. French:

“Tickets are now on sale for the 2008 Dylan Days Benefit Concert featuring Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover. Order Tickets To This Historic Event Online With NO FEE!

http://www.ticketworks.com/cgi-bin/order2/ticketworks/pages/event.php?Event=4370

“This is a show worthy of the Hibbing High School Auditorium – world-class artists performing on the HHS stage - a genuine class act!

http://www.irontrail.org/attractions/historic/hibbing-high/

“Join us on the Iron Range for Dylan Days: May 22-25, 2008.

http://www.dylandays.com/





Gerry Smith

Monday, April 14, 2008

Paperback edition of Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is out tomorrow

Continuum publishes the paperback edition of Michael Gray's Bob Dylan Encyclopedia tomorrow, in both London and New York. The text has been updated by new entries and amendments to many of the entries in the hardback.

In order for the paperback to sell at a lower price than the hardback, the new edition doesn’t include a CD-ROM.


* New entries:

Blues [2006]
Bob Dylan: The Collection [2006]
Bob Dylan: The Drawn Blank Series [2007]
Carthy, Martin
Dennis-Dylan, Desiree [1986 - ]
Dylan [2007]
Dylan, last solo concert by [1965]
Haynes, Todd [1961 - ]
I'm Not There [film, 2007]
Lerner, Murray [192? - ]
Man Without Papers, The [TV drama, 1965]
Modern Times [2006]
Other Side Of The Mirror, The [film, 2007]
Paradise Cove [film, 1999]
Ronson, Mark
65 Revisited [film, 2006]
21st Century Dylan songs written for films
White, Jack


* Updated entries:

Alk, Howard
Alvin, Dave
'Am I Your Stepchild?'
American Civil War in World Gone Wrong, the
Animals, the
'Angelina'
Aufray, Hugues
Ball, Gordon
Barker, Derek & Tracy
Baudelaire
Berry, Chuck
Betts, Dickey
Blowin' In the Wind
blues, external signals of Dylan's interest in
Bob Dylan Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan Greatest Hits Vol. II
Bootleg Series Vol.5
Bridge, The
Bringing It All Back Home
Brown, Richard Rabbit
'Brownsville Girl'
Bruce, Jack
Bruton, Stephen
Campbell, Larry
Campbell, Mike
Carmichael, Hoagy
Charles, Larry
Chronicles Volume One
Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
Clapton, Eric
Cohen, John
co-option of real music by advertising, the
Cross, Billy
Dennis, Carolyn
Diaz, Cesar
'Dignity'
Domino, Fats
Don't Look Back
Drawn Blank [1994]
Dunn, Tim
Dylan [1973]
earliest extant recordings, Dylan's
Elliott, Ramblin' Jack
Epstein, Howie
Estes, Sleepy John
folk music, American, black
Freeman, Denny
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The: withdrawn early version
Fremerman, Elana
Fuller, Blind Boy
Garnier, Tony
Gleason, Ralph J.
Goldberg, Barry
Goldstein, Harvey
Grateful Dead, the
'The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar'
guitars, Bob Dylan's acoustic
Guthrie, Woody
Haggard, Merle
Hammond, John
Hammond, John Jr.
Harrison, George
Helm, Levon
Hendrix, Jimi
Herdman, John
Herron, Donnie
Hibbing rock'n'rollers
Highway 61 Revisited
Hinton, Nigel
Horowitz, David
Howlin' Wolf
Humphries, Patrick
Hunter, Robert
Ian & Sylvia
'In Search of Little Sadie'/'Little Sadie'
Jackson, John
James, Elana
Jean, Wyclef
Johnnie & Jack
Jones, Mickey
Jones, Norah
Kalb, Danny
Kegan, Larry
Kershaw, Doug
Kimball, Stuary
King, Clydie
Kooper, Al
Kramer, Daniel
Kweskin, Jim
LaFarge, Pete
Lesh, Phil
Levy, Dan
Lightfoot, Gordon
Lightnin' Hopkins
Like A Rolling Stone
Lomax, Alan
'Love Henry'
McTell, Blind Willie
Madhouse On Castle Street, the
Marcus, Greil
Marsalis, Wynton
Masterpieces
Mayall, John
Maymudes, Victor [1935 - 2001]
Memphis Minnie
Meyers, Augie
Mitchell, Joni
Muddy Waters
Muir, Andrew
Muldaur, Maria
Murphy, Elliott
musical accompanists to Dylan, other
Nelson, Paul
Neville, Aaron
nursery rhyme on Under the Red Sky
Pagel, Bill
Pennebaker, D.A.
'People Get Ready'
Petty, Tom
Presley, Elvis
Poe, Edgar Allan
Quintana, Charlie
Raney, Wayne
Ray, Dave
Receli, George
Richards, Keith
Ricks, Christopher
Rimbaud, Arthur
Rinzler, Ralph
Rivera, Scarlet
Rosen, Jeff
Rotolo, Suze
Sahm, Doug
Savakus, Russ
Scaduto, Anthony
Schatzberg, Jerry
Scheff, Jerry
Sedgwick, Edie
Self Portrait
Sexton, Charlie
Sinatra, Frank
Smith, Warren
Spoelstra, Mark
Springs, Helena
Stanley Brothers, the
Stanley, Ralph
Stewart, Dave
'Tangled Up In Blue'
Taylor, Mick
Tedeschi, David
Tench, Benmont
Time Out Of Mind
Thompson, Toby
U2



Gerry Smith

Friday, April 11, 2008

Theme Time Radio Hour – series 2 on BBC radio tonight

In case you missed it (as I almost did), Theme Time Radio Hour series 2 started on BBC 6Music last Friday, with programme 1, Hello. It continues tonight at 9pm. Apparently, 6Music had also been finishing off series 1 for the previous few weeks.

Bonus: UK listeners (only) can listen again via the web for 7 days after broadcast.

BBC is funded by a compulsory household tax (? £135 pa). Most of it goes on dumb TV programmes - game shows, reality toss, property porn series, as well as wall-to-wall mainstream pap I wouldn’t inflict on my dog.

So it’s pleasing that BBC has used a tiny proportion of its outrageous levy to buy series 2, after broadcasting the wonderful first series.

If only they’d stop confusing Dylan fans by switching Uncle Bob’s masterful show between 6 Music and Radio 2. And start providing adequate, helpful information about the programmes in their print (Radio Times) and web listings.



Gerry Smith

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Theme Time Radio Hour: a must-read analysis in May Vanity Fair

Theme Time Radio Hour is analysed by writer Duff McDonald in a must-read feature in the May issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

Inside Dylan’s Brain, a collectable two-page spread, lists everything from the artists Dylan has played, to the poets, movies and television shows he’s referenced, to the jokes (good and bad) he’s told and the recipes he’s shared.

The full text of this fine article and a beautifully designed double page spread is here:

http://www.vanityfair.com/ontheweb/blogs/daily/2008/04/dylan.html

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

BOBMANIA #15/16: dylanshrine video and comic book characters

Thanks to Mel Prussack:

“My newest video is now online - go to YouTube, search for "dylanshrine" (must be one word) and find my video called Dylan, Elvis & Me.

“I hope you enjoy it!”


And to Michael Bowman:

“Here's an interesting post about comic books based on characters from Dylan songs:

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/04/07/top-five-bob-dylan-song-characters-who-would-make-for-great-comic-books/





Gerry Smith

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Dylan’s Pulitzer Prize: at last!

Yesterday’s announcement of the award to Dylan of a Pulitzer Price Special Citation provoked a simple response here at The Dylan Daily: at last!

Dylan’s citation is for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power”.

It’s long overdue – Dylan’s writing has had more impact on more people than the other 21 2008 prize recipients combined.

Pulitzer Prizes, organized by New York’s prestigious Columbia University, are for achievement in “Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music”. To this literary non-American, “Pulitzer” is an elite badge of honour - it represents the highest achievement for a writer.

Dylan is the first “rock” musician to be honoured.

The awards will be presented at Columbia on 29 May – when Dylan will be somewhere between Odense, Denmark and Stavanger, Norway at the start of his European tour.



Gerry Smith

Monday, April 07, 2008

I’m Not There – artful, enjoyable, stimulating

I hadn’t really fancied I’m Not There, probably as a reaction to the incessant wall of hype greeting the film’s release.

And half an hour into yesterday’s showing at my local art-house cinema, I felt vindicated.

Harrumph! Woody, the tiresomely precocious young black version of Dylan, had me gritting my teeth. Hollywood does it again, I was thinking - manages to turn gold into lead. Why was I wasting my time in a cinema on a fine spring Sunday?

Then some new characters were introduced – notably Rimbaud and Ms Blanchett – and I’m Not There took wing and eventually started soaring. And the next 90 minutes was riveting.

Ideas were bursting from the screen so quickly that you had to concentrate hard to pick up all the references, catch all the quotations.

But it was more than a sterile intellectual exercise – it was emotionally engaging, too. You were regularly moved by the script and the performances. The chaos of something approaching Dylan’s world was beautifully evoked. And the use of Dylan’s music was spellbinding.

I’m Not There is not, as I had suspected, an exploitation biopic. No, it’s a major movie in its own right, an artful rumination on Dylan’s genius, and an appropriately masterful contribution to our perception of who he really is (or might be).

I’ll be buying the DVD, partly to max on the enjoyment, partly to try unravelling the complexities of a richly layered piece of art.

If you haven’t yet seen I’m Not There, you’re in for a treat – it’s enjoyable and endlessly stimulating.



Gerry Smith

Friday, April 04, 2008

Uncut magazine’s Dylan covers #2

Thanks to Kai-Anders Nilsson in Sweden, and Hanns Peter Bushoff in Munich.


* Kai-Anders Nilsson:

I'm counting to nine Dylan covers on the Uncut magazine:

August 1997: The Ted Russell photos of the pre-fame period in the Village. (Never before published, a scoop I guess).
June 2001: A 1965 Daniel Kramer cover.
June 2002: Two different covers – one from ‘62 and one from ‘66.
September/October 03: A Dylan-only issue.
January 2005: Two different covers – one from Blood… and one from Rolling Thunder.
December 2006: With a photo from around Modern Times.
August 2007: A ‘66 photo selling their 10th anniversary issue.
February 08: Nashville Skyline cover

I wonder how many copies these magazines really sell? 40,000? More?

I suppose that when you put Bob on the cover there are about half a million (at the most) potential buyers round the world, the diehard Dylan fans. Don't think there’s more, do you? If 10% buy the issue the editors are home free. Obviously there are more U2 fans in the world so why not more U2 covers? Probably because they're not so dedicated.

Dylan covers must be playing it safe for magazines like Uncut, Mojo and The Word.



* Hanns Peter Bushoff

Here's a list of all Uncut issues with Dylan cover stories:

Uncut UK Aug 97
Uncut UK Dec 06
Uncut UK Feb 06
Uncut UK Jan 05
Uncut UK Jun 01
Uncut UK Jun 02 two different covers
Uncut UK Aug 07
Uncut UK Feb 08

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Uncut magazine’s Dylan covers #1

Thanks to Francois in France and Renaud in Brussels for reminding me of this excellent web site reproducing Dylan covers from mags published around the world, including the missing Uncut list:

http://pagesperso-orange.fr/michel.pomarede/CW&C/pages/mags_fichiers/magazines.htm



Gerry Smith

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Dylan on the covers of MOJO, The Word and Uncut

If you were responsible for the content of a rockpop magazine, you’d feel compelled to run a Dylan cover every couple of years.

That’s certainly been the policy of the trio of Anglo nostalgia rock monthlies - MOJO, The Word and UNCUT.

* Since its launch in 1993, MOJO has run no fewer than eight Dylan covers:

No 1 - Nov 1993
51 - Feb 98
60 – Nov 98
84 – Nov 2000 (US edition)
109 - Dec 02
121 - Dec 03
142 – Sept 05
158 – Jan 07

* In its much shorter life, The Word has run 2 Dylan covers, March 04 and Jan 06. Surprisingly, in the same period, it’s also run two covers of several lesser dadrock faves, notably Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.

* UNCUT doesn’t provide a covers archive on its web site, so I can’t check its Dylan covers, but I’ve collected 5 issues.

I’d be grateful if any Dylan Daily reader who’s managed to collect all the UNCUT Dylan covers would kindly supply a list for publication.



Gerry Smith

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Morrissey – a post-Punk Dylan? Encore

Thanks to Peter Jonas:

“Interesting comparison of Morrissey and Dylan. Like many younger Dylan fans, I’m indifferent, verging on hostile, to Bob’s contemporary musicians – boring old farts like ‘60s rockers Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Van Morrison, Led Zep etc. They should all be encouraged to retire gracefully.

“Funny thing, though - Dylan’s stature, the magnitude of his achievement, sets him apart from the crowd of superannuated nostalgia merchants.

“I and many of my contemporaries only listen to rockpop from alternative/modern artists – Beck, White Stripes, Smiths, Stone Roses, Bjork etc – but we still revere Dylan as the main man.

“You’re right – Morrissey is the only young pretender to Dylan’s crown. And, though I love Mozza’s stuff, I admit that he can’t hold a candle to Bob. But, then, neither can anyone else.”