Bob Dylan - World Tour 1966: The Home Movies
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There are a few worthwhile shots of Dylan and the Band at work and play, but precious few. At many points I felt challanged to continue watching. Jones doesn't have a lot to say, but he keeps talking anyway. There certainly is not any new insight into the dynamics that drove this revolutionary tour. Jones seems in awe of Dylan himself, but that keeps us at arm's length.
For those of you new to Dylan, the infinitely superior "Don't Look Back" is the place to start, not here.
Perhaps I am unfairly comparing his stuff to the Scorsese or Pennebaker documentaries, which is a pretty high standard.The bottom line is that this is really very boring for anyone, but fanatics...
Yes, the first half hour concerns Mickey Jones's early musical career, but it sets the scene well and has some interesting footage (including a brief clip of the Beatles onstage in Paris) And the DVD's chapter indexing lets you skip this completely if preferred.
Yes, the live footage sequences are very brief, and there's lots of non-performance clips of Dylan & co wandering around, but I found it all interesting and there's a real 'Eat The Document outtake' feel to some of the scenes
The 'recreated' music used on the soundtrack is used very sparingly, as incidental background music, and is very effective as such - this film is a spoken-word documentary, not a 'live in concert' film. Mickey Jones is partly interviewed on camera, partly narrates the home movie clips - he's a very engaging raconteur and has several 'exclusive' observations and anecdotes to relate; there's also some nice still photographs incorporated throughout, some of which I hadn't seen before.
Perhaps it is more suited to the Dylan fan than someone with just a casual interest, but anyone like me who's pored over poor-quality bootlegs of 'Eat the Document' or is familiar with the B&W photos from the 1966 Tour, will find the home movie footage refreshingly new, and Mickey Jones's commentary a worthy accompaniment.
Now, the ONLY documentation of that ground-breaking tour is being booed once again. Will we the audience never learn? Will perhaps the most significant event in 1960s Rock & Roll ever been seen and appreciated for the happening that it was?
This isn't a "professional" documentary, nor does it ever claim to be. It is home movies by one of the band members of that incredible, earth-shattering tour, of Bob Dylan's career when I feel he was at his peak. So far, this is the only footage available of Bob Dylan doing things HIS way, and doing them like no one else before or since! For that alone, I am grateful.
Mickey Jones is an entertaining fellow with some wonderful stories and I personally got a kick out of this DVD. There's a ton of great inside information on this DVD, and for the first time in my life, someone FINALLY explained to me where "The Band" got their name from and why!!!
While there may not be much music on this DVD, nor even much about Bob Dylan himself, there doesn't need to be. This DVD is about Bob Dylan forming an electric band and the tour that followed. As of today [early 2004] this is all we've got.
I learned a great deal watching this DVD. I feel I understand Dylan better, and I know I understand the 1960s better after watching this DVD. While this DVD may drag the story out slightly, I do have to say that I feel that it should be required viewing for all serious fans of Rock & Roll.Read more ›
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A very misleading video about Bob Dylan's world tour of 1966. This is all about the drummer Mickey Jones who had an interesting music and movie career and brought his 8mm camera... Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by studio225
My husband, I and our high school grandson (who is a musician and Dylan fan) were excited to view this video. We were so disappointed we didn't even finish it. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Lee
I've known Mickey Jones since the 70s but only as a character actor on TV shows. I had no idea of his connection to Dylan and the Band. Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by Mark Cohen
What a treasure!!! Mickey Jones, through his camera shows never before footage of the most important musicians of the time. Read morePublished on September 22, 2006 by Texans in Tennessee
I found this documentary interesting in places and boring in others. You watch the dvd and end up feeling that Jones made it all about himself instead of Dylan. Read morePublished on January 2, 2006 by Dylan Fan UK
It took ten years for another rebel to come out of the system after Dylan did his Tour 66 , and that was The Sex Pistols last Tour in 77 . Read morePublished on March 15, 2004 by Gerardo Martinez Casas