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Bob Dylan: Teen Plagiarist

(Newser) - Was the young Bob Dylan a plagiarist? A piece that Christie’s auction house has been touting as Dylan’s first known poem turns out to be the lyrics to a country song by the late Hank Snow, Reuters reports. A 16-year-old Dylan submitted the pilfered verses, which tell the... More »

Dylan's Favorite Songwriters

What do Warren Zevon, Jimmy Buffet and Gordon Lightfoot all have in common?

(Newser) - Bob Dylan is one of the most widely influential living songwriters—but who has influenced him? Bill Flanagan got Dylan to dish on some of his favorite songwriters for the Huffington Post. The winners? Jimmy Buffett, Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Newman, John Prine, and Guy Clark all got nods. Though Dylan’... More »

LA Rockers Revive Sixties Aura in Laurel Canyon

"Cali Rock' hippie harmonies hop from hillside houses

(Newser) - The sounds of the Sixties were strummed out of the Laurel Canyon section of Los Angeles, but the neighborhood is now nurturing a similar movement in American music. Musicians are picking up the torch of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and the Doors, by creating new sounds in a ... More »

Folk Giant Odetta Dead at 77

Odetta's powerful songs were soundtrack of '60s struggle

(Newser) - The woman Martin Luther King Jr. called "the queen of American folk music" has died of heart failure at the age of 77, the New York Times reports. Odetta was a huge influence on dozens of musicians from Bob Dylan to Janis Joplin as her powerful voice and songs... More »

Sia's Real Problems Pleases

First album from songstress in 4 years is a winner

(Newser) - Folk and acid-jazz queen Sia Furler has returned with her first record in four years, and critics are singing the praises of Some People Have Real Problems. The New York Sun’s Bret McCabe pokes fun at Furler for signing with the Starbucks label—provenance of “laid-back background music... More »

Soundtrack Dylan Covers Score

Remade songs from 'I'm Not There' packed with great impersonations

(Newser) - In keeping with the movie it supports, the soundtrack for Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There is packed with imitators. Twenty-nine singers cover Dylan tracks on the 34-song tribute, which traces every phase of Dylan’s career—from folk highs to gospel lows—proving each to be “as... More »

Tommy Makem Dies at 74

(Newser) - Tommy Makem, the great Irish singer and storyteller who, with the Clancy Brothers, led the revival in Irish folk music in the late 1950s and 1960s, died after a long battle with lung cancer yesterday. He was 74. "To hear Tommy Makem sing 'Four Green Fields,' " writes... More »

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