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Dylan, Bob - The Never Ending Narrative 1990 - 2006
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Had anyone suggested during the 1980s that Bob Dylan would re-invent himself yet again during the decades that followed, to once more become the music-world's most respected artist, while achieving number one albums along the way, they may well have been met with a wry smile, if not outright derision. But somehow Dylan pulled it off and after a lengthy period of lacklustre music and performances he again became the most important icon of the rock age. This documentary film follows the career and music of Bob Dylan from the aftermath of his stunning 1989 comeback album Oh Mercy and follows his story up to 2006's masterpiece, Modern Times. Featuring a wealth of archive material, performance footage, exclusive and classic interviews, contributions from many close confidantes plus writers and Dylan experts Johnny Rogan, Derek Barker, Clinton Heylin and Nigel Williamson, along with location film, news reports and some of the finest music recorded during the last 20 years
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three more words.
all four of these titles follow the career of the greatest songwriter ever, featuring information and highlights for every dylan fan, presented by fellow musicians and music critics...
now...these pieces are brought to you by the same people who bring us 'rock milestones', 'inside', 'under review' and 'critical review', (amongst others), and sadly, they often get blasted, because people are mistakingly believeing them to feature more music than they actual do...
these are not concerts, nor video collections...these are documentaries by people who know, that you may not know...most of the 'journalists' featured are heavy-duty names in the music industry, from newspapers and magazines that are mostly found in europe, and some of the better new york music locations...
these are not 'nobodys', as some reviews suggest...no, they may not be household names in middle-class america, unless you're knowledge of music runs deep, but these guys were, and still are, the ones going thru it all, as it happens...
...and these documentaries let you go thru it with them...
This is part of the "Under Review" series which consists of interviews with well known music journalists (Robert Christgau for example) and music biographers (with the occasional recording engineer) discussing an album. They are done in chronological order. This volume brings us pretty much up to date as it was done in 2008 and covers "Modern Times". There is some coverage of the Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour (a show I truly love) but surprisingly no mention is ever made of the series producer Eddie Goredetzky, who is the one who searched out the records played and did a lot of the research. While Dylan read the script and is knowledgeable about the songs, it was not all his idea and to overlook Eddie G is wrong.
The "main feature" runs 105 minutes and the package lists bonus as including "extended interviews" - as well as "full contributor biographies". The bios are there as screen text but there are no "extended interviews" with the contributors. There is a AUDIO-only press interview with Dylan however.
Dylan fans will get a lot out of the DVD, though it's really something you'll probably play only once.