In the fall of 1975 and spring of 1976 Bob Dylan led a travelling retinue of musicians around America on the two legs of the Rolling Thunder tour. Along for the ride were Joan Baez Roger McGuinn Ramblin' Jack Elliott David Blue Kinky Friedman T-Bone Burnett Allen Ginsberg Sam Sheppard Mick Ronson and dozens more musicians friends family and hangers-on. The circus was documented in the film ÊRenaldo and ClaraÊ the live album ÊHard RainÊ and a TV concert special of the same name while in between the two legs of the tour Dylan released the classic ÊDesireÊ album. It is this period of heightened creativity and personal drama that Dylan-authority author and musician Sid Griffin examines in ÊShelter from the StormÊ. Interviewing many of the tour's participants including musicians Roger McGuinn T-Bone Burnett Arlo Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott and tour manager Louie Kemp Griffin mixes meticulous musical analysis into a gripping narrative in this definitive account of the Rolling Thunder years.
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Disappointing. Factual errors abound. Could not make it through the first chapter. Tossed in the trash heap.
A wonderful addition to the written record of the amazing history of one of America's most brilliant poets and also tops as it focuses on one of Dylan's most fertile and ironically most misunderstood periods of creativity.
On a purely personal level, I am indebted to this book. In it the author recounts the entire concert that took place in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, on December 4, 1975. It was the first time I ever saw Bob Dylan. However, as far as being the authorative account of the Rolling Thunder Review, it falls a bit short, reaching the 'red zone,' but failing to cross the goal-line. It's biggest credit, in my view, is avoiding the more gossipy aspects of the tour, and focusing on the music. It's biggest failing, again in my view, is a maddening lack of clarification on some matters. For instance, the author claims that not all of the songs on the "Hard Rain" album were recorded at Fort Collins, Colorado, but, instead, at Fort Worth Texas. He clearly identifies two out of three of these songs. He also could have cleared-up a question that exists about the different versions of the song "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again" that were released on the "Hard Rain" album and as the...
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