Without You I'm Nothing
: The Believer looks at the memoirs of the wives and girlfriends of rock stars.
In the summer of 1969, two guys pressed a few thousand records with white label stickers
, and packaged them in nondescript white sleeves. They didn't have their own cars to deliver the records so they borrowed friends' cars, and the record ended up throughout California, with copies getting airplay at 5 southern California radio stations. The music wasn't their own recordings, but unreleased material from Bob Dylan. The recording became known as the Great White Wonder, "the entertainment industry's first truly hip situation comedy"
(in other words, the first bootleg ever to be produced in the rock-and-roll era
). [more inside]
Dr. John Rudoff
is a cardiologist in Oregon, but before he entered medical school, he was the staff photographer at The Main Point
, a coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, PA associated with the early 1960s folk revival in the Philadelphia area. His photographs of the Philadelphia folk scene include unidentified local folkies
, but also touring folk singers such as Dave van Ronk
and John Hammond
. Eventually, Rudoff got a press pass to the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, where he took photos of Mary Travers sharing a moment with Mimi and Dick Fariña
and Joan Baez with a pre-psychedelicized Chambers Brothers
, but the most amazing discovery of all are the photos of when Bob Dylan "went electric."
And now you can see Rudoff's whole collection
, thanks to the magic of Flickr.
Chief Justice Roberts (mis)quotes Bob Dylan
* in his dissent on Sprint Communications Co. v. APCC Services, Inc.
, making this the first known time that a Supreme Court Opinion has used a "rock song to buttress legal opinion,"
according to Alex B. Long
of the University of Tennessee. Mr. Long knows a thing or two about this**, having authored [Insert Song Lyrics Here]
***, a Washington & Lee Law review Article on the subject of Pop Music in legal writing. The article is funny†, insightful, comprehensive in its musical background††, and surprisingly knowledgeable about good taste in writing.††† [more inside]
Bob Dylan's classic song "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll"
is a murder ballad protest tune for the annals
, but this week a story in the Guardian
sheds new light on the real-life subject and the murderer William Zantzinger. via
The closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind was on individual bands in the 'Blonde on Blonde' album. It's that thin, that wild mercury sound. It's metallic and bright gold, with whatever that conjures up.
Bob Dylan 1978
Blonde On Blonde
--Seven mixes, four or five covers, four or five women, some missing photographs
and one leather coat... (story within)