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The Blues Philosopher Brownie McGhee

I met Walter Brown “Brownie” McGhee in Oakland, California in the mid 1980s. I was a college student at the time, attending San Francisco State University, studying journalism and creative … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Trouble No More & A Poet’s Connection With the Spirit Guide

TROUBLE NO MORE: THE BOOTLEG SERIES – VOLUME 13 (1979-1981). Bob Dylan. Columbia Records. “An artist doesn’t work for money, or for God, or for the audience, or for personal … Continue reading

January 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Rediscovering Mick Ronson

BESIDE BOWIE: THE MICK RONSON STORY. An Emperor Media Ltd production. Produced and directed by Jon Brewer. MVD. This new DVD spotlights the work of Mick Ronson – an often … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joan Osborne Covers Dylan’s Forgotten Classics

SONGS OF BOB DYLAN. Joan Osborne. Womanly Hips Records. We first became aware of Joan Osborne’s ability to interpret Bob Dylan during her 1999 collaboration with the poet himself on … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Elinor Frey Continues Her Ascent

FIORÈ: Complete Cello Sonatas & 17th C. Italian Arias. Elinor Frey. In Perfomance With Suzie LeBlanc; Lorenzo Ghielmi; and Esteban La Rotta. Passacaille Records. In an earlier review, I described … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jeremy Winograd Reviews Bob Dylan’s Triplicate

TRIPLICATE. BOB DYLAN. COLUMBIA RECORDS/SONY. Even Bob Dylan himself would surely admit that, for all his prodigious and endlessly mythologized talents, he’s not the world’s greatest musical interpreter—even of his … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Place Reserved For Angels: Dylan At the Royal Albert Hall

THE REAL ROYAL ALBERT HALL 1966 CONCERT. Bob Dylan. Columbia/Legacy. For years, some fans thought they already had the famous Royal Albert Hall concert in their possession. But they were … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize: Two Sides of the Story

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Is Both Shocking and Deserved Because this year wasn’t weird enough, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this morning. It wasn’t exactly a … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pictures of the Faces From Another Life

FALLEN ANGELS. Bob Dylan. Columbia Records. Consider Bob Dylan’s just-released 37th studio record, Fallen Angels the second side of his 2015 classic Shadows In the Night. Angels takes off where Shadows rested … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment
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