A hybrid project that boasted gutsy live reworkings of tracks from their smash album 'The Joshua Tree,' cover songs honoring Bob Dylan and the Beatles and nine new cuts, U2's 'Rattle and Hum' tried to be everything to everybody. It didn't quite get there.
As an artist who had already reinvented himself several times over the years, Bob Dylan’s 1997 rebirth turned out to be not only his greatest comeback but also the greatest third act in rock ‘n’ roll history. Partly inspired by his own mortality, partly inspired by his own mythology and partly inspired by whatever goes on inside Bob Dylan’s head, ‘Time Out of Mind’ is a milestone in a career that’s had plenty of them over the past five decades.
The mid-to-late '60s saw the Beatles morphing from mop-topped pop stars into Nehru jacket-wearing mystics -- a transformation that may have started on Aug. 28, 1964, when Bob Dylan introduced the Fab Four to the joys of smoking marijuana.
There's no telling what was really going on in Bob Dylan's head in 1970. But that hasn't stopped fans from theorizing over the years that he was tired of his fame and looking for a way out of the mythology that had built up around him throughout the '60s.
Divorces are never pleasant, especially when you have to wrangle over who gets the money, the car, the house and ... that wad of Bob Dylan's hair. No, seriously. That's something Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach and his ex-wife recently fought over in court.
It's a well established fact that Bob Dylan's peerless body of work has had an incalculable influence upon the history of music, and even society in general. But not even such hallowed status has safeguarded his songs from occasional abuse at the hands of countless, well-intentioned but ill-equipped artists who have attempted to re-interpret them.
'Self Portrait' isn't Bob Dylan's best album. In fact, the legendary singer-songwriter admits that he made the 1970 LP to anger fans in an attempt to get them off his back. Now a collection of covers and live cuts from the era will be reissued as part of a remastered four-disc box that also includes the original record, which a critic at the time called "s---."
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