Now that details on Bob Dylan’s new gospel-era collection Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979–1981 have surfaced, his team can turn their attention to future archival projects. Nothing is definite, but next year could finally see the release of a long-awaited documentary about the famed Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975–76 that will be paired with a box set of music from the era. “It’s a great period and there’s so much music that was so well-recorded,” says a source close to the Dylan camp. “I think that’ll be a great companion piece to the film. We have incredible, incredible stuff. Hopefully it’ll all come out next year.” There has been talk for years about a Blood on the Tracks box set that would include unheard solo acoustic demos from the first day of sessions with producer Phil Ramone, but that might get folded into the Rolling Thunder collection. “It’s just a two-year period of … [Read more...] about What’s Next for Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series?
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Martin Scorsese’s long-rumored documentary about Bob Dylan’s legendary “Rolling Thunder Revue” tour is headed to Netflix, Variety reports. An exact release date has yet to be announced, and a source told Variety that such an announcement was still “months away.” However, Netflix did confirm a few details about the film, including its title, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, and that the famously interview-averse Dylan did speak on camera for the project. Netflix also shared a short statement about the film: “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, Rolling Thunder is a one of a kind experience, from master filmmaker Martin Scorsese.” Along with the Dylan interview, Rolling Thunder Revue is expected to feature … [Read more...] about Bob Dylan, Martin Scorsese ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ Doc Hits Netflix
Bob Dylan‘s 1974 reunion tour with the Band found the conquering heroes making some of the loudest, most bombastic music of their careers. Dylan wanted something a little more off the cuff for this, the next go-round, and his ramshackle Rolling Thunder Revue was the result, a collection of famous cronies (Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn) and no-names touring the country gypsy-style in the fall of ’75. Bob Dylan Live 1975 is a definitive twenty-two-song, two-CD document with DVD that captures the Fellini-esque splendor and chaos of the caravan. In contrast to the Band’s murderously precise country soul, the Rolling Thunder crew at times sounds so loose it threatens to collapse, only to be kept on course by Rob Stoner’s pliant bass lines. Scarlett Rivera’s swooping, swooning violin was Rolling Thunder’s signature instrument, and Dylan sounds liberated, free to attack the songs from almost any angle, his voice feral, his mood frisky. “A Hard Rain’s … [Read more...] about The Bootleg Series Volume 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 — The Rolling Thunder Revue
Sitting through a three-and-a-half-hour documentary about an ex-boyfriend isn’t most women’s idea of fun. But Bob Dylan‘s early girlfriend Suze Rotolo says she enjoyed No Direction Home, the new Martin Scorsese-directed Dylan film that includes a rare on-camera interview with her. ”It was nice because the movie did not perpetuate that god myth,” says Rotolo, who inspired numerous Dylan songs and appears with him as a nineteen-year-old on the cover of 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. ”It wasn’t a fan talking about someone they mythologize — it was coming from everybody’s own story.” The film, which airs September 26th and 27th on PBS and is also available on DVD, combines unearthed archival footage and fresh interviews — with the likes of Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk, Pete Seeger and Dylan himself — to illuminate the first and most trailblazing part of Dylan’s career, beginning with his Hibbing, … [Read more...] about Dylan Looks Back in New Documentary
Every Friday, we’re recommending an older movie available to stream or download and worth seeing again through the lens of our current moment. We’re calling the series “Revisiting Hours” — consider this Rolling Stone’s unofficial film club. For this week’s Thanksgiving-weekend edition: David Fear on Curtis Hanson’s lit-com Wonder Boys. “A man should live out his life fully and completely … give form too every feeling, reality to every dream.”-George Saunders in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) “Things have changed.”-Bob Dylan, Oscar Winner Let us now praise Michael Douglas, patron saint of bad screen-male behavior. Seriously, browse through some of the better-to-best–known titles in the 74-year-old actor’s back catalog, from the Reagan to the Clinton era, and it reads like a roll call of modern XY-chromosome toxicity. A sampling: the entitled philanderer-turned-victim of Fatal Attraction (1987); … [Read more...] about Revisiting Hours: The Passion of Michael Douglas — ‘Wonder Boys’