Bob-Dylan

Concert Review: Bob Dylan at the Orpheum — Far From the Same Old Song

November 4, 2023
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Songs were wholesale rearranged, and, most strikingly, Bob Dylan was a commanding presence at the baby grand piano for an 18-song, nearly two-hour set.

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Book Review: “Blood In The Tracks” — Bob Dylan’s Mystery Musicians

September 12, 2023
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“Blood In the Tracks” delivers a minor miracle: a host of fresh looks at the most (over)written about musician of our age.

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Music Album Review: Bob Dylan’s “Fragments” — Appreciating the Enigmatically Ruminative Vibe of “Time Out of Mind”

April 15, 2023
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I’ve always admired Bob Dylan’s resolute reluctance to repeat himself, artistically or otherwise. The Bootleg Series Vol. 17: Fragments reminds us how obsessive that aesthetic restlessness really is.

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Book Review: “Folk Music — A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs”

November 3, 2022
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At points Greil Marcus’ digressive style can seem like nervy brilliance, at others, idle whimsy. What ennobles the book is the critic’s love for his underlying subject: the soulful search for a truer America.

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Book Review: Bob Dylan’s “Philosophy of Modern Song”

November 3, 2022
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The point of Bob Dylan’s project is emotional rather than definitive: to probe the power of song to influence us, make us feel, and ultimately transform us.

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Book Review: “Hard Rain” — For Dylan Completists Only

April 15, 2022
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It’s a work that shifts gears often, which is not in itself a bad idea for a book about a famed shape-shifter.

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Rock Concert Review: Bob Dylan X 2 — Performing in Boston and Providence

November 28, 2021
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At 80 years old, Bob Dylan sounds imperturbable and fierce.

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Book Review: To Compromise With the Mystery Tramp — A Vocal Dissection of Bob Dylan

November 2, 2021
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The book’s main contention is clearly correct: Dylan’s lyrics aren’t everything, and his vocal delivery is eminently important. But, according to Larry Starr, every period is a golden one, and the most minor effort deserves major respect.

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Arts Reconsideration: The 1971 Project — Celebrating a Great Year in Music (September Entry)

September 9, 2021
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Arts Fuse writers continue their countdown of great music celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. This month’s list includes such big names as Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, The Who, The Beach Boys, and George Rochberg.

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Music Review: Bob Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul”

April 2, 2020
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Bob Dylan’s new song not only articulates the madness that undermines the American experience, but supplies a certain kind of corrective, a tonic, for that kind of insanity.

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