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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...
Bob Dylan: Maybe Just a Musician - Glastonbury 1998

Bob Dylan: Maybe Just a Musician – Glastonbury 1998

(Written for a U.K Newspaper to coincide with the 1998 Glastonbury Festival)   Maybe you know Bob Dylan as someone your parents listened to and wonder what the fuss is still about.  After all, the guy’s been around forever and why should he be different than any other oldies act, singing songs he wrote 30...
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...
By The Cold Grey Sea...

By The Cold Grey Sea…

We knew we we’re in for a special night when they rolled the organ on stage. Then Bob came out wearing, jeans, Beatle boots, an old sports jacket and his black wayfarer shades accompanied by none other than Jim Dickinson on keyboards! A guitar-less Bob blew one wailing note on the harp and they launched...
Hard Rain : by Tim Riley (Alfred A. Knopf)

Hard Rain : by Tim Riley (Alfred A. Knopf)

Hard Rain : by Tim Riley Alfred A. Knopf $23 Reviewed by Peter Stone Brown Tim Riley starts this book, (subtitled “A Dylan Commentary”) with such a rush of words — much like his subject — describing the layers of meaning Dylan’s voice gives to his songs that I had high hopes for it.  But...
Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs (2008)

Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs (2008)

Notes by Peter Stone Brown 2008 It was the late summer of 1989, and one day a package with a cassette inside appeared in the mail. The cassette was an advance copy of the new, as yet, unreleased Bob Dylan album, Oh Mercy. All I knew was the album was recorded in New Orleans with...
Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Ray Charles was always on the radio when I was growing up, so at first it was easy to take him for granted. By the time I was old enough to appreciate what Charles was doing his hits weren’t “I Got A Woman,” but “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” and “Let’s Go Get Stoned.” At...
Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Like a lot of people my age, Johnny Cash was someone who was always there, and in some crazy sense I thought he would always be there.  The first Cash song I truly remember was “Ring of Fire” which was a big hit when I was a kid, but there were others which I didn’t...