May 24: Happy 76th Birthday Bob Dylan

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin’ high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
“We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I
Proud ’neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Our other blog – alldylan.com – is an “only Dylan” blog, that´s why we don´t post Dylan-stuff over here @ bortolisten.com.

But today we make an exception.

Here are a collection of links to interesting Bob Dylan posts @ alldylan.com.

Bob Dylan quotes

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May 23: “Tommy” by The Who was released in 1969

Ever since I was a young boy I’ve played the silver ball.
From Soho down to Brighton, I must have played them all.
But I ain’t seen nothing like him in any amusement hall.
That deaf, dumb and blind kid, Sure plays a mean pinball!

It is 46 years ago that the rock opera, Tommy was released, one of the first attempts at treating rock as an art form. The artists were The Who.

It’s a double album telling a loose story about a “deaf, dumb and blind kid”, Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by Pete Townshend. In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for historical, artistic and significant value.

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May 13: Happy birthday Stevie Wonder (born 1950)

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Do you know, it’s funny, but I never thought of being blind as a disadvantage, and I never thought of being black as a disadvantage.
~Stevie Wonder

“If anybody can be called a genius, he can be. I think it has something to do with his ear, not being able to see or whatever. I go back with him to about the early ‘60s, when he was playing at the Apollo with all that Motown stuff. If nothing else, he played the harmonica incredible, I mean truly incredible. Never knew what to think of him really until he cut Blowin’ In The Wind. That really blew my mind, and I figured I’d better pay attention. I was glad when he did that Rolling Stones tour, cuz it opened up his scene to a whole new crowd of people, which I’m sure has stuck with him over the years. I love everything he does. It’s hard not to. He can do gut-bucket funky stuff really country and then turn around and do modern-progressive whatever you call it. In fact, he might have invented that. he is a great mimic, can imitate everybody, doesn’t take himself seriously and is a true roadhouse musician all the way, with classical overtones, and he does it all with drama and style. I’d like to hear him play with an orchestra. He should probably have his own orchestra.”
~Bob Dylan (Feb 1989, Rolling Stone Mag. – featurette on Stevie Wonder)

Superstition (1974)

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6 Great New Americana Videos

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at The Øyafestival 2016

 

From time to time we collect some of our new favourite videos to publish in here, for your convenience. Enjoy!

Sam Outlaw – Everyone’s Looking For Home
New album Tenderheart out April 14 on Six Shooter Records / Thirty Tigers:

The official video for ‘It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)’ by John Moreland, directed by Sterlin Harjo.
From the new album ‘Big Bad Luv’, released May 5th on 4AD:

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5 more good new videos Feb 2016

We’ve collected some of the best new videos out at the end of February 2016, enjoy! We had so much fun hunting down these gems, it will hopefully be a returning series of posts.

Here is the first collection: Videos at the start of Feb 2016

Rod Picott and Ed Abiadi(?) – Tecumseh Valley by Townes Van Zandt (with a little bit of Stones’s Dead Flowers) live@1e35circa, Cantù (IT), 2016 feb. 22:

Grammy winner Jason Isbell performs a song off of his album “Something More Than Free on Colbert, If it takes a lifetime:

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5 good new video clips Feb 2016

We’ve collected some of the best new videos out at the start of February 2016, enjoy! We had so much fun hunting down these gems, it will hopefully be a returning series of posts.

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Nic Harcourt’s TRANSMISSIONS):

John Prine with Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell – Unwed Fathers (one of my favourite Prine songs!):

Amy Helm – Good News:

John Moreland – Break My Heart Sweetly (live at Colbert)

Buddy Miller with Watkins Family Hour – All My Tears (Cayamo 2016 music cruise):

– Hallgeir