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Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years: Busy Being Born... Again!


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  • Actors: Bob Dylan, Jerry Wexler
  • Directors: Joel Gilbert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Highway 61 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EN46NO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Once called "Dylan's God Awful Gospel" by his most loyal fans, Bob Dylan's "Jesus Years" are today regarded as among the best of his career. Finally, here is an insiders view into Bob Dylan's "Born Again" transformation, and its affect on his life and music. In late 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the Arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church. In his first-ever interview, Dylan's Bible class teacher, Pastor Bill Dwyer, details Bob Dylan's embrace of Jesus Christ and Christianity. Dylan then made three Gospel albums, winning a Grammy for Gotta Serve Somebody. However, Dylan's radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics as he preached evangelical messages from the Book of Revelation. Director/Producer Joel Gilbert weaves the story of Bob Dylan's Jesus Years through revealing insider interviews, including legendary Slow Train Coming producer Jerry Wexler, background singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, iconic San Francisco Chronicle rock reporter Joel Selvin, award-winning songwriter Al Kasha, and Dylanologist AJ Weberman. Included are rare photos and exclusive live concert footage from 1978-1981, while Bob Dylan himself explains the impact of Jesus on his life and art in a recently unearthed interview from 1981. Visits to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, the Vineyard Church, and the Fox Warfield Theatre all help tell the intimate tale of Bob Dylan's Jesus Years.

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Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years is a DVD offering an inside perspective of how Bob Dylan, a Jewish folk singer from the Midwest, came to embrace Jesus Christ and Christianity. Passionate for his new faith, Dylan made three Gospel albums, and won a Grammy for "Gotta Serve Somebody". Yet the Christian direction of his music alienated fans and sparked the ire of critics, especially when he preached apocalyptic passages from the "Book of Revelation." Telling the story of Bob Dylan's transformation through interviews with notable figures ranging from "Slow Train Coming" producer Jerry Wexler to background singer Regina McCrary to San Francisco Chronicle rock reporter Joel Selven and many more, Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years includes rare photos, exclusive live concert footage from 1978-1981, and an interview from 1981 in which Bob Dylan himself speaks of the impact Jesus Christ had on his art and soul. Bonus features include full soundtrack MP3s! Highly recommended especially for Bob Dylan fans who wish to better understand and appreciate this turning point in his life's work. 120 minutes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Bishop on March 23, 2010
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This EASILY could have been a 70 minute TIGHT documentary. Instead it's running time has been bloated with horrible shots of the director driving and walking around. It also has the worst editing I've ever seen in a docu. Every few seconds during the interviews the video will cut to a cheesy clip-art image of one of the subjects a person is talking about. If someone says "drugs" we are treated to pics of syringes in someone's arm. If they say "car" we are shown a lovely stock shot of a car for no reason. If they say "funny", cut to a clown's face...EXTREMELY annoying and childish. It would have been much better without all this amateurish bunk. Even with these faults I DID find this to be an interesting docu and appreciate the fact that someone bothered to tackle the subject of Dylan's conversion at all. I just wish it was shorter and without all the horrible stock images.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ninjaflinky on June 7, 2011
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Bob Dylan's so-called 'Jesus years' have been cruelly maligned by fans and onlookers alike, perceiving his conversion to Christianity as his second betrayal. His move from folk to rock 'n roll, embracing the electric guitar, and all the potential that such a weapon of Dylan's would have, had the same impact as his salvation, both events being decried by his audience.

The records that belonged to this period include, Slow Train Coming, the awesome, spirited and uplifting Saved, as well as part of the gospel tinged Shot Of Love. This documentary covers this period by seeking commentary from pastors, musicians, record producers, journalists, a little bit of footage from Dylan's live performances and one interview.

Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years: Busy Being Born Again, is a curious documenatry, highlighting something that has been all but ignored by many music fans, inspite of the reverence of his adoring fan base. It does give the impression it was made on a small budget, but the interviews are warm and wonderful and all the right questions are asked. Definitely worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Dawson on April 2, 2011
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I wasn't sure why this video was made. I found most of it entertaining because I lived through this time in history and was in San Francisco for the concert Bob Dylan gave. It brought back some fond memories. I knew what was shared about the concert was true. I am curious what Bob Dylan's take on this video would be. It left me with more questions than answers. I was hoping for more of Bob Dylan's personal testimony and found it odd that he was not part of its making.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Stultz on November 22, 2009
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I think that there are some people who do not know very much about this period of Bob Dylan's life. This story is very inspiring. However, I wish that there could have been more of Dylan's gospel music in the video. Also, Closed Captions would have been helpful.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Moulton on May 3, 2009
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I own:'Bob Dylan 1975-1982: Rolling Thunder And The Gospel Years'. From reading the product information of this DVD "Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years,..." it seems like Gilbert just edited his 2006 'Bob Dylan 1975-1982: Rolling Thunder And The Gospel Years' by removing all the Rolling Thunder content and renaming it "Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years: Busy Being Born... Again!". "Again" is right! Rip off, I'd say if you already own the 2006 DVD. My review of that DVD would be in agreement with the previous review - a little cheesy, Bob Dylan is not in it because it is unauthorized, but you do learn some interesting information. If I am mistaken, please someone who has seen both of these straighten me out. I emailed Gilbert but did not hear back.
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