Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band, and the Basement Tapes

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(Book). Million Dollar Bash tells for the first time the whole story of the Basement Tapes, recorded in summer 1967 when Bob Dylan's career was at a crossroads. Recovering from a mysterious motorcycle crash, he gathered together a few musician friends in Woodstock, New York, and informally recorded a bunch of songs intended to be heard by no one but themselves. Instead, they changed music forever. In this new book, musician and author Sid Griffin examines the recordings in detail, demonstrating on every page a musician's insight into the Basement ...
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Overview

(Book). Million Dollar Bash tells for the first time the whole story of the Basement Tapes, recorded in summer 1967 when Bob Dylan's career was at a crossroads. Recovering from a mysterious motorcycle crash, he gathered together a few musician friends in Woodstock, New York, and informally recorded a bunch of songs intended to be heard by no one but themselves. Instead, they changed music forever. In this new book, musician and author Sid Griffin examines the recordings in detail, demonstrating on every page a musician's insight into the Basement Tapes, the men who recorded them, and the times in which they were made. Every Dylan fan needs this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906002053
  • Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 501,892
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Before the Basement Tapes     4
Map of key locations     6
After the Basement Tapes     8
Introduction     10
A - Z Basement Tapes songs     12
Ampex tape recorder     13
The story of the Basement Tapes
The Beginning Of The Beginning: Background to the Woodstock area     14
Backbeat: Bob Dylan, 1941-1966     26
Rolling Down The Road: Bob Dylan's motorcycle crash     42
You Are What You Eat The Document: Shooting and editing two movies     58
The Summer Of Family Love: Gathering and setting-up in Woodstock     78
Clouds So Swift: Establishing the working day     102
Now You Must Provide Some Answers: Recordings in the Red Room at Hi Lo Ha     118
Lost Time Is Not Found Again: The recording gear they used     136
Building Big Ships And Boats: Moving to Big Pink     148
Tiny Montgomery Says Hello: Recordings in the Big Pink basement     156
Another Best Friend, Somehow: The move to Wittenberg Road     222
Giving Back All Of What You Owe: Recordings at Wittenberg Road     234
Go Down, Miss Moses: The Hawks/Band-only recordings     242
That Million Dollar Bash: The cover versions     266
Deep In Number And Heavy In Toil: The official 1975two-LP release     286
And Life Is Brief: Some views, within and without     306
Endnotes     314
Basement Tapes cover versions     318
Index     329
Acknowledgements     335
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