Monthly Archives: June 2014

So, Would You Want the Newport Guitar or Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ Lyrics?

Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival performing “Like A Rolling Stone.”

In response to my post yesterday, “Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ Manuscript Sells for $2 Million But Dylan’s Secrets Remain Secret,” Mike Jones commented:

The LARS lyrics went for more than I thought they would…how are a few pieces of paper worth more than the Newport guitar? I don’t get the whole ephemera thing. I guess people like to have historical stuff, just to look at or whatever. But I would much rather have the Newport guitar, which sold for like half as much. That seems very strange to me.

I understand why some folks, especially musicians, would want the guitar Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival gig that drew the line between the old Dylan, and the new.

For me though — and I’m not saying paying $2 mil makes any kind of sense — between the guitar and the manuscript, I’d go for the manuscript.

Guitar:

Bob Dylan’s Newport guitar sold for $965,000.

Here’s why.

Certainly the guitar is an iconic object, symbolic of Dylan’s rejection of so-called ‘folk music’ for rock ‘n’ roll, but he could have played any Strat that day and made the same music, made the same impact. Dylan’s art and his creativity didn’t hinge on that particular guitar. In fact, he played many guitars over the years. It’s always been Dylan, not his instruments, that makes the difference.

But that manuscript.

That’s the artist at work. That’s the artist in the throes of the creative process.

On those pages we see the song take shape. Words crossed out and other words written in. The chorus forming before our eyes from page to page.

And those cryptic notes to the side of the lyrics. “Al Capone,” “On the Road,” “Pony Blues,” “Butcher Boy.”

From these pages and the ones for “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” we get the curtain pulled back a little on Dylan’s creative process.

And when one combines what’s on these pages, with what he reveals in “Chronicles: Volume One” and elsewhere, we do get a vague sense of the Dylan mind at work.

We’ll never get to the bottom of it, and it’s probably better that way, but still.

So Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ lyrics are very different from the Newport guitar. They’re a time machine that takes us back to that day (s) when Bob Dylan put the ideas that were in his head down on hotel stationary, and created a timeless song, a song that, nearly 50 years after he wrote it, stands tall.

But what do you think?

Would you opt for the Newport guitar, or the “Like A Rolling Stone” manuscript pages?

Manuscript:

Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ lyrics: The four pages went for half a million a page.

Or is there something else that you’d go for instead. If you had the money, and if you could afford to spend it in this way.

Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 singing “Like A Rolling Stone”:


Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone (Live… by toma-uno

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First Details of Karen O’s Solo Album, ‘Crush Songs,’ Revealed

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ front woman Karen O’s solo album, Crush Songs, will be released on September 9, 2014 on Cult Records.

This is Karen’s O’s first solo album, although she has previously recorded and released solo material including the Oscar-nominated “The Moon Song.”

The album was recorded in 2006 and 2007 and is described in a press release as “an intimate collection of lo-fi bedroom recordings in the vein of Karen’s Oscar-nominated “The Moon Song.”

“The Moon Song”:

Here’s what Karen O says about the album:

Cult Records is The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas’ label.

The album can be pre-ordered here. A vinyl version will include “personal drawings” by Karen O and handwritten lyrics.

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Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ Manuscript Sells for $2 Million But Dylan’s Secrets Remain Secret

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The manuscript for Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ (his first rock ‘n’ roll hit) sold today at auction for slightly over two million dollars — $2.045 mil to be exact — to a mystery buyer, according to Sotheby’s, the auction house that handled the transaction, but that buyer didn’t get a key to unlock the mysteries of the manuscript.

For instance, why did Dylan write “Al Capone” in the margin with a line from the gangster’s name to the word “direction” in the chorus?

“Al Capone” might have worked in terms of a rhyme, but it would make no sense in terms of what the song is about.

Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” sold for $485,000.

But back to Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ manuscript:

There are various alternate phrases written on the manuscript that Dylan wisely rejected, but they don’t reveal much.

On the second page of the manuscript is a version of the chorus with “path unknown” as one of the lines.

At the top of page three is written: “How does it feel/ Behind the wheel.”

At the bottom of page three the chorus is again a work in progress:

How does it feel to be on your own
It feels real (dog-bone)
Does it feel real.”

Then he wrote “New direction home” but put a line through “new” and wrote “no” under it.

Then: “When the winds have (unreadable word that could be “flown”)
“Shut up and deal like a rolling stone
Raw deal
Get down and kneel.”

More interesting perhaps, Dylan has written names of songs and books on the pages, which may or may not relate to the song itself: “Pony Blues,” a song by Charley Patton; “Midnight Special” (and above it “Mavis”); “On the Road”; and “Butcher Boy,” which likely refers to “The Butcher Boy,” an old folk song that the Clancy Brothers recorded.

Other revisions.

There’s a mostly discarded verse that reads:

“You never listened to the man who could (illegible) jive and wail
Never believed ‘m when he told you he had love for sale
You said you’d never compromise/ now he looks into your eyes
and says do you want make a deal.”

And what ended up being the third verse reads like this in part:

“You never turned around
To see the frowns
On the jugglers and the clowns
When they all came down
And did tricks for you to shake the money tree.”

There’s a line drawn through that entire last line.

Two million bucks and change.

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Audio: Robert Plant Delivers New Song, ‘Rainbow,’ and It’s a Good One

“Rainbow” is the first single off Robert Plant’s new and 10th solo album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, due out Sept. 9.

Plant recorded the album with his band The Sensational Shape Shifters.

In a press release Plant says the new album is “very crunchy and gritty, very West African and very Massive Attack-y.”

This is a good one.

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Spoon’s ‘Rent I Pay’ Video is the Bomb – Watch Now!

Spoon’s ‘Rent I Pay’ video is out now and the song is awesome.

This is classic Spoon.

Can’t wait for the new album, They Want My Soul, which will be released August 5.

Spoon will tour North America in the late summer. Along with somefestival dates, the band will headline shows throughout the Midwest and Eastern seaboard.

Watch Spoon’s ‘Rent I Pay’ video.

Some info from the press release:

Lead track “Rent I Pay” was premiered live from NYC on June 6 (http://n.pr/1qh22I1) and subsequently released as an unofficial video which can be seen here. Preorders for They Want My Soul are now live at iTunes, Amazon and http://www.spoontheband.com/. All preorders come with an instant download of “Rent I Pay”. A stunning exclusive pre-order bundle is also available via Spoon’s website. In this bundle, fans will find a limited edition vinyl LP, T-shirt, beach ball, postcards and handwritten lyric sheets. The first 100 bundle preorders will receive autographed lyric sheets.

Spoon 2014 Tour Dates

9/2 Washington, DC @ The Lincoln Theatre *
9/5 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
9/6 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA *
9/7 Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
9/10 New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
9/11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead *
9/12 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room *
9/13 Hamilton, ON @ Supercrawl
9/14 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *
9/16 Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre +
9/17 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall +
9/18 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Madison +
9/19 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre (Minneapolis, Minnesota) +
9/20 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant +
9/21 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall +
9/23 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom +
* w/ Hamilton Leithauser
+ w/ EMA

Bob Dylan Live, Videos from Thessaloniki Harbor, Greece – June 22, 2014 — ‘All Along The Watchtower’ & More

Bob Dylan live in Greece.

Bob Dylan live at Thessaloniki Harbor in Thessaloniki, Greece last night.

Dylan sounds quite good based on these clips and the band is really swinging. I’m very impressed with Dylan’s band. Shows last year and this show what a killer performing unit they are. Based on the shows in Japan, Ireland, Turkey and now Greece, this is going to be a great year for Dylan in concert. Hopefully we’ll have a new album before the end of the year, and then I’m hoping another bootleg series set in 2015.

It’s going to be very interesting to see what Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” manuscript sells for at auction tomorrow. I’ve seen an estimate that it could sell for as much as $2 million. Crazy. Well we’ll know soon enough.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the videos of Bob Dylan live at Thessaloniki Harbor below.

Dylan and band:

Bob Dylan – vocal, piano, harp
Charlie Sexton on lead guitar
Donnie Herron – banjo, viola, violin, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel
Stu Kimball – rhythm guita
Tony Garnier – bass
George Recile – drums

Bob Dylan live at Thessaloniki Harbor:

Things Have Changed plus all of “She Belongs To Me”:

“She Belongs to Me”:

Excerpt:

“Beyond Here Lies Nothin'”
“What Good Am I?”
“Duquesne Whistle”
“Pay in Blood”
“Tangled Up in Blue”

“Love Sick”:

“High Water (For Charley Patton)”
“Simple Twist of Fate”
“Early Roman Kings”

“Forgetful Heart”:

“Summer Days”:

“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”:

“Soon after Midnight”
“Long and Wasted Years”

Encore:

“All Along the Watchtower”:

Another view:

“All Along the Watchtower” & “Blowin’ in the Wind”:

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Audio: Bob Dylan Sings ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ in Istanbul – June 20, 2014

“Blowin’ In The Wind”:

Another fan recording:

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Audio: Bob Dylan Performs ‘Duquesne Whistle’ & ‘Forgetful Heart’ at the Black Box, Istanbul, June 20, 2014

Bob Dylan performs “Duquesne Whistle” at the Black Box, Istanbul, Turkey on June 20, 2014.

“Forgetful Heart”:

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Audio: Bob Dylan Sings ‘Love Sick’ at The O2, Dublin, June 17, 2014 + ‘Simple Twist Of Fate’

Bob Dylan singing “Love Sick” at his The O2 performance in Dublin, just posted today.

Good sound!

Dig it.

“Simple Twist Of Fate”:

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Audio: Jamie XX Debuts New Track, ‘All Under One Roof Raving,’ On BBC Radio 1

Jamie XX via his Facebook page.

Check out this new track from Jamie XX, “All Under One Roof Raving,” which he debuted on BBC Radio 1.

Listen here.

The song begins right around the 60 minute point in the show. By the way, right after the Jamie XX track is a cool one by Stevie Wonder, “AS.”

Here’s cool footage of the XX rehearsing “Angels”:

Thanks Pitchfork!

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