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In Chronicles, Volume 1, Bob Dylan shares his thoughts on hundreds of songs, artists, poets, and philosphers. He was excited to hear that Amazon.com's music editors have gone through the book, page by page, to pull out some of the most interesting references to songs, albums, and musicians. We've put together these lists by chapter--you'll find links to the other chapters, plus listening recommendations from other musicians, at http://www.amazon.com/musicyoushouldhear.


Bob Dylan's List of Music You Should Hear (Chronicles Edition--Chapter 5)

Laughter in the Rain: Best of

"Nothing would have convinced me that I was actually a songwriter and I wasn't, not in the conventional sense of the word. Definitely not like the workhorses over in the Brill Building� they were the songwriting masters of the western world� one of my of my favorites was Neil Sedaka because he wrote and performed his own songs." (pg. 227)

Tradition Masters, Odetta

"What I was looking for were folk music records and the first one I saw was Odetta on the Tradition label. I went into the listening booth to hear it�I learned almost every song off the record right then and there�" (pg. 237)

Early Years 1958-62, the New Lost City Ramblers

"I took to them immediately. Everything about them appealed to me--their style, their singing, their sound." (pg. 238)

I Wonder As I Wander - Carols & Love Songs, John Jacob Niles

"I listened a lot to a John Jacob Niles record, too. Niles was nontraditional, but he sang traditional songs. [He] was eerie and illogical, terrifically intense and gave you goosebumps. Definitely a switched on character, almost like a sorcerer." (pg. 239)

Bound for Glory (Plume), Woody Guthrie

"I went through [Guthrie's autobiography] from cover to cover like a hurricane, totally focused on every word, and the book sang out to be like the radio... 'Bound for Glory' is a hell of a book. It's huge. Almost too big." (pg. 245)

In Harm's Way, John Wayne

"�I'd meet the Duke in the mid-'60s. He was� filming a movie about Pearl Harbor, 'In Harm's Way,' over in Hawaii. A girl I used to know� was playing a supporting role. She introduced me to the Duke. He asked me if I knew 'Blood on the Saddle.' I did know� a little bit of it, anyway, but I knew 'High Noon' better. I thought about singing it and maybe if I was standing there with Gary Cooper, I would have." (pg. 249)

Jack Takes the Floor, Ramblin' Jack Elliott

"The record he took out and played for me first was 'Jack Takes the Floor' on the Topic label out of London--an imported record, a very obscure one� Damn, I'm thinking, this guy� sounds just like Woody Guthrie, only a leaner, meaner one." (pg. 250-251)

Early Sessions, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Derroll Adams

"There were a few other Ramblin' Jack records he had, too--one where he sings with Derroll Adams, a singer buddy of his from Portland� Together they sounded like horses galloping." (pg. 251)

Joan Baez

"The 'Queen of the Folksingers,' that would have to be Joan Baez. She had one record out on the Vanguard label called 'Joan Baez' and I'd seen her on TV. The sight of her made me high. All that and there was her voice. A voice that drove out bad spirits. It was like she'd come down from another planet." (pg. 254)

Kingston Trio Greatest Hits

"Not everyone can sing [folk] songs convincingly. The singer has to make you believe what you are hearing and Joan did that� I believed Dave Guard in the Kingston Trio, too. I believed that he would kill or already did kill poor Laura Foster. I believed that he'd kill somebody else, too. I didn't think he was playing around." (pg. 256)

Red Grooms

"Suze's favorite current modernist artist was Red Grooms, and he became mine, too� I loved the way Grooms used laughter as a diabolical weapon. Subconsciously, I was wondering if it was possible to write songs like that." (pg. 269-270)

Kurt Weill: Centennial

"�A presentation of songs written by�Kurt Weill, whose melodies were like a combination of both opera and jazz� The song that made the strongest impression was a show-stopping ballad, 'Pirate Jenny'� This is a wild song. Big medicine in the lyrics� Later, I found myself taking the song apart, trying to figure out what made it tick." (pg. 272-275)

Carolyn Hester

"Carolyn had asked me to play harmonica on some songs for her debut record on Columbia and teach her a couple other things that she had heard me do. I was happy to do that." (pg. 278)

Wicked Grin, John Hammond Jr.

"I gazed around Mr. Hammond's office and saw a picture of a friend of mine, John Hammond Jr. John, or Jeep as we knew him on MacDougal Street, was about my age, a blues guitar player and singer. Later he'd become an acclaimed artist in his own right." (pg. 280)

King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson

"When Johnson started singing, he seemed like a guy who could have sprung from the head of Zeus in full armor. I immediately differentiated him from anyone else I had ever heard� I thought Johnson was as original as he could be, didn't think him or his songs could be compared to anything." (pg. 282)


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