Shelter From The Storm: Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Years

Shelter From The Storm: Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Years

by Sid Griffin
     
 

Shelter From The Storm tells the story of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, the gypsy caravan troupe that lit up US stages between the fall of 1975 and the bicentennial spring that followed. In the company of Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsberg, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and more, Dylan reinvented the ingenuous troubadour tradition for the

Overview

Shelter From The Storm tells the story of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, the gypsy caravan troupe that lit up US stages between the fall of 1975 and the bicentennial spring that followed. In the company of Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsberg, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and more, Dylan reinvented the ingenuous troubadour tradition for the cynical 70s - and delivered some of the most thrilling live performances of his career along the way. Throughout this period, however, Dylan's personal life was in meltdown. His tortuous love life would be laid bare in improvised acting scenes filmed for Renaldo & Clara. The movie marked his full debut as a director and was shot as Rolling Thunder navigated between New England towns. The bafflingly edited final cut is perhaps Dylan's most enigmatic and misunderstood work. Musician and author Sid Griffin examines the genesis of Rolling Thunder, the writing and recording of the 1976 album Desire, for which several key ensemble players were first marshaled, and the influences and implications around Renaldo & Clara. In a plethora of new interviews, unique behind-the-scenes accounts, and deconstructions of tour documents such as the NBC television special Hard Rain, Griffin provides new insight into Dylan's most legendary tour and offers unprecedented analysis of the musical torrents that came pouring forth as the Thunder rolled. By the tour's conclusion, both Dylan and the wider music industry were on the verge of significant transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906002275
Publisher:
Outline Press, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Sid Griffin is ringleader of the acoustic folk/bluegrass band The Coal Porters. He is also the 'resident musicologist' on BBC 6 Music's Radcliffe & Maconie show, a freelance writer, and a solo performer whose latest album is The Trick Is To Breathe. He led alt.country pioneers The Long Ryders in the 1980s. His first book was Gram Parsons: A Music Biography (1985), and he co-wrote the 2004 BBC TV documentary Gram Parsons, Fallen Angel. He is the co-author of Bluegrass Guitar: Know The Players, Play The Music (2005) and the author of Shelter From The Storm: Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Years (2009). Griffin has written BBC Radio 2 specials and annotated over 50 reissues for labels such as Sony, Rhino, PolyGram, Universal, Mercury, EMI, A&M, and Warner Bros. A native of Kentucky, he is a graduate of the University Of South Carolina. He lives in London, England, with his daughter Esther Mae, his son Noah, his fantastic wife Rhiannon, and his pet turtle Herman Franks.

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