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Vast Unknown Archive of Bob Dylan Material Emerges

Sells for up to $20M, will be made available to music scholars

(Newser) - Big news for Bob Dylan fans: A massive "secret" archive of his work—old notebooks with lyrics, letters, photos, tape reels, recordings, etc—has been sold for about $20 million and will eventually be made available to music scholars and less formal "Dylanologists," reports the New York ... More »

Bob Dylan May Have Inadvertently Coined a Phrase

'I can't even,' he complained in 1966

(Newser) - "I can't even" may be a millennial catchphrase, but it seems Bob Dylan got there first a half-century ago. As Chris Willman points out in his Billboard review of the newly released Bootleg Series box set, the scene took place during a January 1966 recording session as Dylan... More »

Bob Dylan Lyrics Keep Popping Up in Surprising Place

Study uncovers hundreds of quotes in biomedical research

(Newser) - The answer to a great many biomedical questions is blowin' in the wind, according to Swedish researchers who've uncovered a prodigious amount of Bob Dylan references in the work of their colleagues. The researchers discovered 213 clear Dylan quotes in medical literature going back to 1970, plus many other... More »

Rock's Rare Moment: Bob Dylan Gives a Speech

And it's rambling, poetic, pure Bob Dylan

(Newser) - Usually when Bob Dylan opens his mouth he's singing, so the rambling 35-minute speech he gave Friday to a crowd of 3,000 of music's royalty had his audience, as the New York Times puts it, "hanging on his every word" as he careened from the topic... More »

Scientists Slip Bob Dylan Quotes Into Articles

Swedish professors enjoy mixing medicine and Dylan

(Newser) - Think medical research and Bob Dylan are a natural combination? Five Swedish scientists would agree, and have even started a contest to see who can stuff the most Dylan words into articles before they call it a career, the Local reports. It started 17 years ago when two professors, Eddie... More »

Dylan Fans Rejoice: 'Basement Tapes' Being Released

6-disc collection comes out Nov. 4, features 138 tracks

(Newser) - Bob Dylan once said that a rough collection of 138 songs he recorded with the Band at his home in 1967 should probably be destroyed. But the "Basement Tapes" are the stuff of legend and obsession for devoted Dylan fans, and now, every song has been remastered, arranged in... More »

'Like a Rolling Stone' Draft by Dylan Sells for $2M

He wrote it on hotel stationery, recorded it in 1965

(Newser) - A draft of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" sold today for $2 million, which Sotheby's auction house called a world record for a pop-music manuscript. A working draft of the song in Dylan's own hand went to an unidentified bidder for $2.045 million. The... More »

Bob Dylan's Epochal Electric Guitar Fetches $1M

His Stratocaster from Newport festival in 1965 is auctioned

(Newser) - The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold today for nearly $1 million—the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. Christie's auction house did not immediately identify the absentee buyer who agreed to pay... More »

Bob Dylan Sued in France for ... Racism?

Croatian group angry about remark in 'Rolling Stone' interview

(Newser) - A Croatian community organization in France is suing Bob Dylan for allegedly inciting racial hatred. The group, CRICCF, said that the singer crossed the line with remarks made in a Rolling Stone interview last year, the Guardian reports. Dylan was riffing on the history of racial animosity in the US... More »

Bitter Celeb Divorce Involves... Bob Dylan's Hair

Dan Auerbach gives it up to Stephanie Gonis

(Newser) - Celebrity divorces make headlines all the time, whether they're crazy expensive , especially contentious , or involve insane custody disputes . But this is probably the first time a celeb divorce has made headlines thanks to Bob Dylan's hair. Somehow, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Stephanie Gonis,... More »

20 Iconic Songs That Are Actually Covers

Cyndi Lauper didn't come up with the idea that girls just want to have fun

(Newser) - Next time you find yourself belting along to Cyndi Lauper singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or Joan Jett singing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," know this: Cyndi and Joan didn't originate those songs, they just made them famous. Huffington Post rounds up 20 hit... More »

Hitmaking Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 72

Streisand, Sinatra, Billy Joel among artists who worked with him

(Newser) - You may not know his name, but Phil Ramone—one of the most successful music producers of his era—died in a New York hospital this morning at age 72, Billboard reports. He had been admitted late last month with an aortic aneurysm. His incredible career included 14 Grammy awards,... More »

Dylan First Rocker Voted Into Elite Arts Group

American Academy of Arts and Letters honors him

(Newser) - Bob Dylan has become the first rock star voted into the elite, century-old American Academy of Arts and Letters, where artists range from Philip Roth to Jasper Johns and categories include music, literature, and visual arts. Officials couldn't decide whether he belonged for his words or for his music,... More »

Bob Dylan: Slavery's Legacy 'Holds Back' America

Singer says first black president not enough to change hearts

(Newser) - Bob Dylan says the stigma of slavery ruined America and he doubts the country can get rid of the shame because it was "founded on the backs of slaves." The veteran musician tells Rolling Stone that in America "people (are) at each other's throats just because... More »

Popular Protest Songs Might Be Gone Forever

Today's music is apolitical, and don't expect that to change: Stephen Walt

(Newser) - Heard any good American protest songs lately? Yeah, probably not, and Stephen M. Walt laments the demise of the artform in Foreign Policy . It's not like there's a shortage of things to write about, given the context of two wars, the lousy economy, and a seeming national contempt... More »

New Yorker Writer Admits to Fabrication and Quits

Jonah Lehrer: I made up Bob Dylan quotes

(Newser) - A New Yorker staff writer has quit the magazine and confessed to attributing phony quotes to Bob Dylan, reports the New York Times' Media Decoder blog . Jonah Lehrer says he initially panicked when cornered by a reporter about the quotes in Lehrer's book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. "I... More »

47 Years Later, Dylan's Iconic Electric Guitar May Have Surfaced

Daughter of his pilot claims she has it, but singer's lawyer says no

(Newser) - When Bob Dylan plugged in an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, folk music fans—who were used to Dylan's acoustic protest songs—were outraged. The Fender Stratocaster may very well be, the AP notes, "the most historic single instrument" in rock and roll. It... More »

Bob Dylan Gets Medal of Freedom

Madeleine Albright, John Glenn also among honorees

(Newser) - President Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright, and a host of other luminaries today at the White House. The Los Angeles Times notes that 1962 seemed to be a pivotal year for this year's honorees: It's when Dylan's first album came... More »

Bob Dylan to Get Presidential Medal of Freedom

Pat Summitt, Toni Morrison also among this year's honorees

(Newser) - Bob Dylan will get the nation's highest civilian honor later this spring, reports Bloomberg . Dylan, 70, will be one of 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He's already got scores of Grammys, an Oscar, and a Pulitzer, and the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog can'... More »

Favorite to Win Nobel for Literature Is ... Bob Dylan?

So say the betting gurus at Ladbrokes

(Newser) - A lot of people are apparently pushing for Bob Dylan to win the Nobel for literature tomorrow. As far-fetched as it sounds, the British-based betting company Ladbrokes says the odds of Dylan winning have plunged from 100:1 to 5:1 in the last 24 hours, reports the Guardian . "... More »

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