The news still stinging, I veer one way then another, letting my car take its own course. The good leave us untimely and without tact, I think. No, not think, know. We all know.
Even though the Woodstock festival took place some seventy miles away in Bethel, New York, promoter Michael Lang made a deliberate effort to name the event Woodstock for two reasons: he wanted to use the town’s name and notoriety as Dylan’s hideaway to attract attention to his festival, and he hoped to entice Dylan out of seclusion to return to the stage at the event.
Bob Dylan’s Love And Theft. Ben Folds’ Rockin’ The Suburbs. They Might Be Giants’ Mink Car. The Moldy Peaches’ S/T. Here is another look at four records that were released on September 11, 2001.
The elasticity of time and the shifting perspectives — all within a single verse, sometimes — was something I’d never heard. What was going on here? It was a world away from “Rockaway Beach.” Standing at the precipice of past and future, this song was easily the most complicated thing I’d ever heard. Surely I could figure it out. Right?
5 Questions With “Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan” Author Chris Morris
Morris’ take on Dylan’s music doesn’t merely weigh the quality of the work — it reveals how a gifted artist’s creations have the power to engage, incite, alter, and even rescue a listener over the course of a lifetime. Together Through Life occupies a unique space in the vast bibliography of Bob Dylan books.
Marc Dolan’s Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’N’ Roll manages to avoid the traps of many rock biographies, offering up just enough personal history to put the phases of Springsteen’s career in context, but focusing primarily on its overarching themes, its influences and its impact. It may not be titillating, but if you’re even a casual admirer of Springsteen’s music you’re likely to find it both fascinating and insightful.
You can bake your cake and be it, too.