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“Scarlet In the Moonlight”

In 1975, Bob Dylan encountered violinist Scarlet Rivera one afternoon on a New York City street. In the blink of an eye in a mystical millisecond, a bond was forged. … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bob Dylan 1970 Extends the Idea of the Bootleg Series

BOB DYLAN LIVE 1970. 50th Anniversary Collection. Bob Dylan (featuring George Harrison). Columbia Legacy. Produced for release by Jeff Rosen and Steve Berkowitz. Sessions originally produced for Columbia by Bob … Continue reading

March 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Allen Ginsberg Biographer & Journals Editor Michael Schumacher Takes the Witness Stand

“You know, over the course of his career Ginsberg reviewed many books. Once I asked him: ‘Allen, do you like everything you read? Why don’t you ever write any negative … Continue reading

February 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Allen Ginsberg’s Picture of A Broken Country

THE FALL OF AMERICA JOURNALS – 1965-1971. Allen Ginsberg. Edited by Michael Schumacher. University of Minnesota Press. “The Fall of America continues Planet News chronicle tape-recorded scribed by hand or … Continue reading

January 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Claudia McMahon Discusses Her Father, Carson, and A Faltering News Media

Claudia McMahon –  the oldest daughter of “Tonight Show” legend Ed McMahon – grew up in the shadow of the Hollywood neon, as her famous father found his way into … Continue reading

November 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

Peace Among the Shadows

An Interview With Actress Karen Lorre Karen Lorre has had no less than five separate lifetimes rolled into one. A television actress of considerable reach, Lorre launched her career as … Continue reading

November 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Playing For the Sake of the Song

An Interview With Musician Mary Ramsey Singer-songwriter Mary Ramsey is known throughout the world for her work with the 10,000 Maniacs. But that’s only half of the story. Ramsey, who … Continue reading

September 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reinterpreting the Work of A Master

An Interview With Songwriter Emma Swift “Like many of the great Bob Dylan songs, ‘I Contain Multitudes’ is a magnet, a fly’s eye view of the cultural wilderness in which … Continue reading

August 31, 2020 · 2 Comments

“Chain of Ghosts”

Chain of Ghosts (A Meditation on Emma Swift’s Version of “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”)   (all) Of a sudden (wind) In thirsty fists (tempests) In my soul Are … Continue reading

August 31, 2020 · Leave a comment
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