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When I Paint My Masterpiece...

Dusty Wright | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

There is hope for new music, even with heritage acts like Mr. Zimmerman. Looking backwards, one can borrow to move forward. Clearly all three of these releases look backwards.

McCartney Still Gives Me Wings

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

The Beatles, with their combination of nostalgia for '50s pop rock n roll and rockabilly, love of early '60s soul and girl groups as well as classic tin pan alley "tunesmithing," provided the pre-pubescent AM radio nursery rhymes for my exact generation.

Affirming Altruism

Ray Errol Fox | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Ray Errol Fox

It's reasonable to criticize and differ with the president's handling of Syria, but irrational to attribute his motives to anything self-serving or sinister.

The Wonderfully Checkered Past of a Soul Rock Goddess

Tom Semioli | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

My search for Ms. Lennear commenced long before Neville's long overdue film -- which depicts the dramatic plights of rock's most hallowed back-up singers -- hit a theater near you.

Chats With Jimmy Webb, Nora Guthrie and Little River Band's Wayne Nelson, Plus Tracy Newman and The Slants Exclusives, and Colin Gilmore's Best

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Let's talk about Jimmy Webb's new album, Still Within The Sound Of My Voice.

A Few Answers About 'Answer Me'

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Answer me this: What 60 year-old song co-written by a German and an American reached No. 1 on the UK singles charts by two different singers at the s...

Dog Ears Music: 'Working Class Hero' Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Marvin Etzioni, The Sea and Cake, The Jam, Gretchen Wilson, and more.

The Little-Known Story of 'We Shall Overcome'

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The story of that song, which has became an international anthem for human rights, reveals the civil rights movement's remarkable and complex tapestry and its lasting influence.

Dylan Goes Digging In The Vault Again

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 10.27.2013 | Entertainment

Bob Dylan, "Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10" (Columbia) In the latest entry of his ongoing vault-diving releases, Bob D...

My Favorite Picture Of You: A Conversation with Guy Clark, Plus Chatting with Butterscotch Records' Allen Farmelo and Lots Of Love's Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.18.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I'm from Texas and will always be from Texas, and if I ever break even, I'm moving back. It's a wonderful place to be from. There's a lot of history there and a lot of stuff that you know about and nobody else knows about."

1963-2013: Between Dr. King and Bob Dylan

William H. Turner | Posted 10.18.2013 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

The summer of 2013 on the U.S. racial map should remind us of the endurance and current significance of some of the metaphors from Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech as well as references in Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind."

Bob Dylan, Another Self Portrait, Impressions

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Another Self Portrait is a pleasure trip, for anyone who wants to hear Bob Dylan's voice pure and simple, and enjoy music from instruments, and not devices.

Bob Dylan, 'Pretty Saro,' Another Self Portrait

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

The marvelous thing about Dylan's "Pretty Saro" is his voice. Who ever said Dylan couldn't sing? "Pretty Saro" solidly puts paid to the ancient, variably attributed one-liner about Dylan's singing voice sounding like a dog with its leg caught in a barbed-wire fence.

Unseen Bob Dylan Portraits Go On Display

AP | Posted 10.05.2013 | Arts

LONDON — Portraits by Bob Dylan are going on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The 72-year-old singer-songwriter has been exh...

The Melodies Linger On (Part I)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Jan Swafford's slate.com essay "The Most Beautiful Melody in the World" inspired me to ask my most popular-music-obsessed friends to name their favori...

Music Hath Charms

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 09.30.2013 | Arts
Kevin Belmonte

The lives of all these artists show that music brings so many gifts in her train. To remember names like Seeger, Paul and Horowitz is to see the truth of that.

Bob Dylan's Not Dead Yet (But He's Gettin' There)

Sarah Flanagan | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Sarah Flanagan

On September 11, 2012, Dylan released his 35th studio album, "Tempest." Unlike his work from the '60s and '70s, Dylan does not unleash his scathing wit on rivals, old lovers or enemies here. "Tempest" is a conversation with death.

T.S. Eliot, John Lennon, and Bob Dylan: Masters of Allusion, or Plagiarists?

David Galenson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

All art is allusive, connected more or less visibly with earlier works of art. But in the modern era a number of artists have gone beyond earlier uses of allusion, in not only referring to other works, but quoting them precisely, and doing so with a frequency that exceeds earlier practice.

For Mick Jagger's 70th Birthday, The Ten Best Rock Movies Ever

John Farr | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

You, Sir Mick Jagger, are turning 70 tomorrow, which -- to use the rock vernacular -- blows my mind. To mark your milestone, I'm picking my favorite movies with rock 'n' roll themes.

Chatting with Booker T. Jones and Anton Fig, The Young Presidents at Alzheimer's Benefit, and Leerone and Rainbow Chan Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.18.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Artists Ivan Neville, Anton Fig, Blondie Chaplin, Corey Glover, Adam Ezra and others will perform with The Young Presidents on July 25th at New York's The Cutting Room. Anton Fig talks about the event and more in the below interview.

Really, Bob Dylan?

Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts

Beloved singer and not-so-beloved artist Bob Dylan chose a painted self portrait as cover art for his upcoming album, aptly titled, “Another Self Po...

Bob Dylan, "Another Self Portrait," Is Forthcoming

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

As David Bromberg says of Dylan, "the man can put across a song like no one else can." Give him an instrument or two, a microphone, and let him sing. What a present, what a feast, that these songs on Another Self Portrait show just that side of Bob Dylan.

PHOTOS: Dylan, Wilco & My Morning Jacket Play Toyota Park

Posted 07.13.2013 | Chicago

Toyota Park in Bridgeview played played host Friday to folk-rock royalty. Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket and Chicago's own Wilco -- as well as Richar...

Hidden Gifts: Remembering Mark Heard

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Kevin Belmonte

A few nights back, I watched a new documentary that chronicles the rise and demise of the rock band Big Star. Nothing Can Hurt Me was a powerful film -- by turns riveting and tragic in its exploration of what might have been for an incredibly talented group.

Richard Thompson, Troubadour

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

If you already know, and love the music of, Richard Thompson, then I'm singing to the choir. If you don't, then prepare for proselytizing.