Since the pandemic began, Bob Dylan has released his first two songs in almost a decade, "Murder Most Foul" (above), a beautiful ballad about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the stunning "I Contain Multitudes" (below). In a very rare interview in today's New York Times, Dylan talks to Douglas Brinkley about his new music, the curious references to both Indiana Jones and Anne Frank in his latest song, and, of course, sheltering-in-place. From the New York Times:
Why didn’t more people pay attention to Little Richard’s gospel music?
Probably because gospel music is the music of good news and in these days there just isn’t any. Good news in today’s world is like a fugitive, treated like a hoodlum and put on the run. Castigated. All we see is good-for-nothing news. And we have to thank the media industry for that. It stirs people up. Gossip and dirty laundry. Dark news that depresses and horrifies you[....]
Does having the Pacific Ocean in your backyard help you process the Covid-19 pandemic in a spiritual way? There is a theory called “blue mind” which believes that living near water is a health curative.
Yeah, I can believe that. “Cool Water,” “Many Rivers to Cross,” “How Deep Is the Ocean.” I hear any of those songs and it’s like some kind of cure. I don’t know what for, but a cure for something that I don’t even know I have. A fix of some kind. It’s like a spiritual thing. Read the rest
Bob Dylan just released his first new song in eight years. It's a 17-minute murder ballad about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. From the lyrics to Murder Most Foul:
“It was a dark day in Dallas, November ’63. The day that will live on in infamy. President Kennedy was a-riding high, good day to be living and good day to die.”
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Yesterday Bob Dylan released his first original song in 8 years. "Murder Most Foul" is a 17-minute murder ballad about the assassination of President John Kennedy. Read the rest
Watch this new trailer for that upcoming Martin Scorsese Netflix feature on Bob Dylan. Read the rest
I asked the Youtubes to share Bob Dylan's "Silvio" with me this AM and was delivered this wonderful version I had neither seen, nor heard, before!
The close-ups on Bob are fantastic fun to watch. Read the rest
Bob Dylan's changing relationship with Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol, and Edie's actual romance with Dylan colleague Bob Neuwirth. From John Wilcock, New York Years
During a concert, this June, someone at Berkeley, CA's Greek Theater called out "FREE BIRD!" Naturally, rock and roll legend Bob Dylan obliged. Read the rest
Comic genius Tim Heidecker, who is roughly 50% of Tim and Eric (also behind "Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," and "Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule"), has yet again created something I find very funny.
"Recently, I read that Bob Dylan’s new album Tempest will feature a 14 minute song about the Titanic," he writes, "So I wrote this song to see if I could beat the Master to it. I can’t wait to see how close I got to the real thing!"
Above, a preview. The entire opus is fifteen minutes long, and you can purchase it here.
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