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1981: The Last Really Great Dylan Tour?

1981: The Last Really Great Dylan Tour?

It was Flag Day 1981, and I found myself driving south on I-95, taking a friend to see Bob Dylan at some place called the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.  It was her first Dylan concert and my tenth.  During the ride, I was trying to explain to my friend what she may or...
Willie Nelson Country Music (Rounder Records)  by Peter Stone Brown

Willie Nelson Country Music (Rounder Records) by Peter Stone Brown

Willie Nelson has recorded, and continues to record, so many albums at what seems like an incredible rate of speed that it is not only difficult to keep up, but discern which albums are worth it.  However, every once in a while and sometimes more than once in a while, he’ll deliver a new album...
Robbie Robertson Returns

Robbie Robertson Returns

Robbie Robertson Returns Review : How to Become Clairvoyant by Peter Stone Brown When Robbie Robertson finally returned to recording more than a decade after the original lineup of The Band played their last show, it was obvious he had moved on in terms of sound.  Co-producing with Daniel Lanois, the album was awash in...
Johnny Cash: Haunting Past the Grave

Johnny Cash: Haunting Past the Grave

  It is now almost six and a half years since Johnny Cash left the planet, and not surprisingly, he still remains a vital force, not only as a singer, but as an inspirational figure who’s reach extends far beyond music.  Cash was an American giant, and the designation of “American” is important, because in...
Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between

Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between

  It was sometime in the first few months of 1970, I was living in some sixth floor walkup on the Lower East Side, and late one night, listening to Bob Fass’ “Radio Unnamable,” when this mysterious song came on that sounded like something from The Basement Tapes but the recording quality was too good...
40 Years of Self Portrait

40 Years of Self Portrait

On June 8th, 1970, Bob Dylan released his tenth album (not counting Greatest Hits), and his second 2-Lp set, Self Portrait.  It was the first Dylan album to be unabashedly and resoundingly panned by virtually every music critic in the country, most notably by Greil Marcus, who led what amounted to an assassination squad of...
Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet by Seth Rogovoy (Scribner)

Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet by Seth Rogovoy (Scribner)

First, a disclaimer in the interest of open journalism.  Seth Rogovoy is a friend, and during the course of writing this book, he’d occasionally run ideas, questions or facts by me.  As such, I am thanked in this book. One of the reasons Bob Dylan’s entire body of work has been the subject of discussion...
Songs of Freedom at the White House  Well, sort of…

Songs of Freedom at the White House Well, sort of…

In June of 1963, my parents took me to a Pete Seeger concert in Lambertville, New Jersey.  I’d seen Seeger twice before, but this concert was different because he sang a bunch of new songs, introducing me to the music of Bob Dylan, with “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and “Who Killed Davey Moore,” and...
Who wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind”? Not Lorre Wyatt

Who wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind”? Not Lorre Wyatt

(Ed. – Peter Stone Brown wrote this remembrance in response to a previous article of mine in Muddy Water, about the song “Restless Farewell.” In that piece, the issue of Lorre Wyatt was brought up, as well the Newsweek article claiming Dylan bought “Blowin’ in the Wind” from Wyatt, who had once claimed to be...