Posts Tagged: bob dylan

Picking the Green Path: A Conversation with Ansley Simpson

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“The green path takes far more work to even recognize—it takes bushwhacking.”

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In Defense of Sinead O’Connor

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“Remember Sinead?” I asked. My mom nodded her head and shrugged.

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Sound & Vision: Ray Padgett

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Allyson McCabe talks with Ray Padgett about his new book, Cover Me, and the blog that inspired it, giving us a fascinating window into the craft and business of making music.

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Hitch in the Voice

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I hear a man singing for his life, desperate in a way he would never be again and had never been before.

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Elegy with Records on the Doorstep

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The old music still filled pits in him like sawdust and wood glue do a nail hole. The songs didn’t say anything new over the years, but they provided home when he missed it.

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Sound & Vision: Bob Egan

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Allyson McCabe talks with Bob Egan, a man widely known as one of New York’s foremost “pop culture detectives,” about why and how he does the work he does.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #21: Not Yesterday’s Demonstrations

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1972: War was waging in Vietnam and kids were coming home in boxes. Hippes and yippies went clean for Gene McCarthy, but George McGovern won the democratic nomination. Tricky Dick Nixon was the one for the Republicans and the so-called Silent Majority. I was a sixteen-year-old runaway revolutionary of peace and love, living in a commune, […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Joe Ide

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Joe Ide discusses his debut novel, IQ his writing process, and why he enjoys fly fishing.

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Sound Takes: You Want it Darker

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There are hard lessons about aging and dying and living on You Want It Darker that we’re not going to ever be done with until we either cure death or forget Leonard Cohen.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #78: Conceived as a Playlist

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Shadowbahn […] is among the most unusual, and most extreme, in a literary career that has often been marked by its unpredictability.

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The Rumpus Interview with Eileen Myles

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Eileen Myles on recording her new poetry record Aloha/irish trees, the relationship between poetry and comedy, and finding safety in social media.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #12: What Is Safety?

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Oh better far to live and die Under the brave black flag I fly Then play a sanctimonious part With a pirate head and a pirate heart!! –The Pirates of Penzance At fifteen years old, I was a runaway. It was perhaps 9:30 at night, my first night out, having hitchhiked a couple of hundred […]

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #9: Punk the Deadline!

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Oh my god, I’m stuck again. A truck in the muck. A cat up a tree. An explorer in quicksand. Winnie the Pooh in the door of Rabbit’s house. Trying to birth a column and needing a Caesarean. Is there any horror worse for a writer than a deadline?

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Dylan’s Controversial Nobel

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The Nobel Prize in Literature went to Bob Dylan this year, sparking debate around the songwriter’s legacy and whether song lyrics should be considered poetry. Those in the pro camp attribute the win to the persistent singularity of Dylan’s songwriting, in combination with the depth of material he drew from. Writer Irvine Welsh, on the other hand, asks why one […]

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And the Nobel Prize in Literature Goes To…

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Bob Dylan? At Electric Literature, Lincoln Michel acknowledged that no one is quite sure how to feel about the news. At Slate, Stephen Metcalf praises Bob Dylan’s genius, but argues that he’s a musician, not a poet: The objection here hinges in the definition of the word literature. You wouldn’t give the literary prize to […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Rich Cohen

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Rich Cohen discusses his new book The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones, writing book proposals, and interviewing rock stars.

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The Rumpus Interview With Jeremy Earl

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Jeremy Earl discusses his latest album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, the fruitful tension of city vs. country, finding beauty in the darkness of today’s world, and the enduring good vibes of the Grateful Dead.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #73: Prince Rogers Nelson, Guitar Player: A Symposium

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I started thinking about additional, more slantwise ways we might talk about his legacy. What if I organized a bunch of guitar players?

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Respect for Muhammad Ali

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Bob Dylan released a statement following the boxer’s death. Dylan responded to the news that the 74-year-old legend passed away by referencing the man’s self-proclaimed title, “the greatest”: If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest. In every way he […]

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This Week in Posivibes: Another Bob Dylan Tribute

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MOJO is once again paying Bob Dylan tribute in its next issue, this time in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Blonde on Blonde, and they’ve put together an album to commemorate the occasion. Titled Blonde on Blonde Revisited, the album is a compilation of covers by contemporary artists such as Kevin Morby, Marissa Nadler, Jim O’Rourke, Phosphorescent, Night Beats, and Steve Gunn. Pitchfork has […]

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You’re Just a Sinner I Am Told: Prince & the Sexual Revolution

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It was all about desire, including women’s desire, Prince’s music. Women were not degraded. They were exalted, body and mind both.

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Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #13: Bob Dylan

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That’s how I experience the world, courtesy of Bob. I’m lucky. Bob will get you through.

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Different Voices

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In the hilariously titled “The Fragile Ears of Men,” Leah Finnegan analyzes the gender politics of female singers’ voices, and why male music critics are so irked by Joanna Newsom: But really, what is a musician’s voice if not distinctive? Isn’t that… good? Entire pieces have been written about the voices of Bob Dylan and […]

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Chris Frantz’s Pocket Camera

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What I want/need/love most are the tools that allow me to document what I see and experience, at home and in my travels, now and in the future.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #67: The Franchise Restaurants of Song

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Musician Owen Ashworth on his new album, Nephew in the Wild, literary influences, self-expression in songwriting, and how becoming a father has changed his work.

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