The Whole Wide World is watching
The best of the web by My Friend Mouse
by Martin Stein
Chimes of Freedom – A selection of new Dylan ringtones are now available for download from the ISIS website.
Dylan Wallpaper – Now you can impress your friends at work with a 1964 b/w picture of strummin’ Bob that can be downloaded in 3 screen sizes from the BBC’s Top of the Pops website.
Dylan Dates – Bob will be playing shows with both the Dead and Tom Petty this summer, a full list is now available from the official bobdylan.com site. They are:
Next Album – A dedicated “Masked and Anonymous” website (www.sonyclassics.com/masked/) contains info on the forthcoming film and details of the official “Masked and Anonymous” soundtrack album, which will go on sale on Tuesday 22nd July. The album will be available as a standard package and in a limited edition digi-pak. The limited-edition package contains a hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) featuring seven tracks from the newly remastered catalogue in standard audio, super audio and 5.1 surround sound. This special disc is playable on any CD player as well as on an SACD compatible player. The full track list is:
All songs, words and music by Bob Dylan except Diamond Joe and Dixie; traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan and Like A Rolling Stone written by Bob Dylan/Vito Perrini/Allesandro Aleotti
Bonus disc track listing (Special SACD hybrid disc recording):
Dylan is Pants shock - New ranges of designer jeans named after rock and roll icons include a pair named after our hero (See picture).
DVD Down-under - Live Australia DVD. The Hard to Handle HBO broadcast is available as a Portuguese DVD import from Amazon.com. “Concert for Bangla Desh” is also available in the same format.
Lyrics 1965 – i Tunes Music Store is showing Desolation Row as having explicit lyrics! My two guesses are “everybody’s making love” or else “expecting rain”.
Here Comes The Story - Steve Hoffman has written a short article on how Dylan recorded Hurricane.
Sometimes I’m In The Mood - A couple of American academics have discovered that the music you listen to apparently shows your personality type. Those of us who choose Dylan are positive, creative but probably not good at sports.
Complete Unknown is an irregular, irreverent 94-minute documentary by Griffin Ondaatje and Craig Proctor. Made over three years, the film follows the dynamic duo as they try to gain an audience with Dylan. I guess you can guess the rest.
Yonder Comes Sin – Professor Christopher Rick’s new book Dylan’s Visions of Sin will be available in late September 2003 www.bu.edu/core/deideis/issue3/dylan.htm
He’s very well read, it’s well known – a right old broo-ha-ha has erupted over Dylan’s apparent use of Junichi Saga’s obscure 1991 book Confessions of a Yakuza within “Love and Theft”. Chris Johnson made the discovery and an extensive list of text links can be found at www.dylanchords.com/41_lat/textual_sources.htm.
Examples from the book include:
· My old man would sit there like a feudal lord
· If it bothers you so much, she’d say, “Why don’t you just shove off”
· I’m not as cool or forgiving as I might have sounded
· I don’t know how it looked to other people, but I never even slept with her – not once
· My mother…was the daughter of a wealthy farmer…died when I was 11…my father was a travelling salesman…I never met him. [My uncle] was a nice man, I wont forget him
Anyhow Saga is quite flattered by Dylan seemingly copy copying from his book (which has subsequently shot up the Amazon best-selling list) and won’t be suing. An excellent take on Dylan as plagiarist by Luke Thorn can be found at www.opinionjournal.com/la/?id=110003751
Alias anything you please – more info on the up-coming Masked & Anonymous film (including US theatre showings) can be found at http://potrev.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Masked_Anonymous/masked_top.htm . A wealth of information e.g. ‘Films which inspired M&A’, ‘Allusions, References, Interesting Theories…’ and ‘M&A Great Quotes interesting social commentaries’ etc. is available from the M&A Discussion Board at http://peterstonebrown.com/Forum/messages/14/14.html?1056936328. A sympathetic review of the film by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion can be found at www.expectingrain.com/dok/div/maskedandanonymous.html.
I’m just a song and dance man – the Bob Dylan musical production Forever Young: The Music of Bob Dylan was performed at London’s Royal National Theatre from 16 – 22 July. The complete song list (which would be a dream set list!) is:
The Times They Are A-Changin’
Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
Now try and work a plot out of that lot
Play it again sham – Dan Friedman’s play Boy From the North Country was performed at the Marshall Performing Arts Centre on the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus on 18 - 19 July. The play is a fictional, fun and entertaining musical account of Bob Dylan’s formative years in Minnesota and Greenwich Village.
Complete set lists from Dylan’s current tour can be found at http://my.execpc.com/~billp61/dates.html#0716
Can you cook and sow? – a recipe, reported to be from Beatty Zimmerman, for Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf Bread (dated 7th July 1999) has been posted on www.freep.com/fun/food/qdylrec7.htm
Site for sore eyes - a new (to me) Dylan site The Bob Dylan Starting Point has appeared at www.sconeveld.com/bd/. It carries extensive information on books and CDs along with useful links to other Dylan sites.
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