1. Photo: Pete Seeger's homemade banjo with inscription, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” 

Pete Seeger is one of the most important figures in the history of American folk music.  In the notes to the box set “Washington Square Memoirs,” musicologist Cary Ginell writes that, ”the image of  Seeger, with his homemade long-neck five string banjo, is synonymous with folk music… Today, only Woody Guthrie equals his status as a folk music icon.”  He believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause.  Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. 

Terry Gross spoke to the folk legend in 1985. Today we rebroadcast the interview in memory of him.  View in High-Res

    Photo: Pete Seeger's homemade banjo with inscription, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” 

    Pete Seeger is one of the most important figures in the history of American folk music.  In the notes to the box set “Washington Square Memoirs,” musicologist Cary Ginell writes that, ”the image of  Seeger, with his homemade long-neck five string banjo, is synonymous with folk music… Today, only Woody Guthrie equals his status as a folk music icon.”  He believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause.  Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. 

    Terry Gross spoke to the folk legend in 1985. Today we rebroadcast the interview in memory of him. 

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  1. Folksinger Dave Van Ronk was on Fresh Air in 1988. Here he plays “Old Joe’s Bar Room.”

    Today Joel and Ethan Cohen talk about their newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis and how they based their main character on Van Ronk’s folk legacy in 1960s Greenwich Village.

    Ethan: Dave Van Ronk—for those who don’t know him, probably most don’t know—is a folk singer, probably the biggest person on the scene in 1961 in the folk revival in Greenwich Village, biggest person on the scene until Bob Dylan showed up. But in our minds he was the folk singer, “the generic folk singer” until we kind of figured out who the main character of the movie actually was.

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  1. Totally mesmerizing: Biopic actors and their real life counterparts

    Daniel Day-Lewis/ Lincoln

    Bob Dylan/Cate Blanchett

    Frida Kahlo/ Salma Hayek

    Julia Child/ Meryl Streep

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  1. Ken Tucker reviews Bob Dylan's newest release, “Another Self-Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10" from Columbia Records.

 [S]elf-Portrait just did not fit in with its era, with its moment in pop culture and in Dylan history. Which, in retrospect, seems to have been Dylan’s intent. Now, a new collection includes alternate takes, demos, and songs that weren’t included in the original double-album. What emerges is a Self-Portrait with more vivid detail and brighter, sharper colors.
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    Ken Tucker reviews Bob Dylan's newest release, “Another Self-Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10" from Columbia Records.

     [S]elf-Portrait just did not fit in with its era, with its moment in pop culture and in Dylan history. Which, in retrospect, seems to have been Dylan’s intent. Now, a new collection includes alternate takes, demos, and songs that weren’t included in the original double-album. What emerges is a Self-Portrait with more vivid detail and brighter, sharper colors.

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  1. NPR Music has a First Listen for Bob Dylan's album "Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)"part of his ongoing Bootleg series. The album will be released August 27th. 

"If Bob Dylan’s long career as a genius of the American spirit has taught us anything, it’s that one fan’s trash is another one’s treasure. ‘I never looked at songs as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ only different kinds of good ones,’ he once said."

photo via RockCircus View in High-Res

    NPR Music has a First Listen for Bob Dylan's album "Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)"part of his ongoing Bootleg series. The album will be released August 27th. 

    "If Bob Dylan’s long career as a genius of the American spirit has taught us anything, it’s that one fan’s trash is another one’s treasure. ‘I never looked at songs as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ only different kinds of good ones,’ he once said."

    photo via RockCircus

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  1. Bob Dylan made the rare mistake of talking about his creative process shortly before the release of Tempest. He told Rolling Stone that he’d originally wanted to write a collection of what he called “religious songs,” saying, “That takes a lot more concentration to pull that off — 10 times with the same thread than it does with a record like I ended up with.” Which means that either his powers of concentration failed him, or he became distracted by other themes, topics and moods. I think it’s a little bit of both. There are certainly songs here that sound less like concentrated efforts than outpourings of rambling thoughts; there are also songs here that are as precisely crafted as any he’s written.
— Ken Tucker reviews Bob Dylan’s Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful ‘Tempest’ View in High-Res

    Bob Dylan made the rare mistake of talking about his creative process shortly before the release of Tempest. He told Rolling Stone that he’d originally wanted to write a collection of what he called “religious songs,” saying, “That takes a lot more concentration to pull that off — 10 times with the same thread than it does with a record like I ended up with.” Which means that either his powers of concentration failed him, or he became distracted by other themes, topics and moods. I think it’s a little bit of both. There are certainly songs here that sound less like concentrated efforts than outpourings of rambling thoughts; there are also songs here that are as precisely crafted as any he’s written.

    — Ken Tucker reviews Bob Dylan’s Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful ‘Tempest’

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  1. David Bianculli’s ticket from a Dylan/The Band concert on Jan 19th 1974.

    David Bianculli’s ticket from a Dylan/The Band concert on Jan 19th 1974.

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  1. Ken Tucker reviews The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. The album features a number of major  country and rock musicians, who craft songs around lyrics that Hank  Williams left behind in four notebooks when he died in 1953. Bob Dylan,  Alan Jackson, Jack White and Norah Jones are among the artists on the  album. View in High-Res

    Ken Tucker reviews The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. The album features a number of major country and rock musicians, who craft songs around lyrics that Hank Williams left behind in four notebooks when he died in 1953. Bob Dylan, Alan Jackson, Jack White and Norah Jones are among the artists on the album.

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  1. f—-yeahbostonmusic:

Who’s with me on this? We’ll hit Irene head on with an awesome playlist. 

What books and movies are you hunkering down with this weekend, Internet?

    f—-yeahbostonmusic:

    Who’s with me on this? We’ll hit Irene head on with an awesome playlist. 

    What books and movies are you hunkering down with this weekend, Internet?

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When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young
LISTEN: Bob Dylan music mix

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    May your heart always be joyful

    May your song always be sung

    May you stay forever young

    Forever young, forever young

    May you stay forever young

    LISTEN: Bob Dylan music mix

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  1. Suze Rotolo, who strongly influenced Bob Dylan’s songwriting and walked beside him on the album cover for The Freewheeling Bob Dylan, died of lung cancer on Friday. She was 67. Fresh Air remembers Dylan’s muse with excerpts from a 2008 interview.

    Suze Rotolo, who strongly influenced Bob Dylan’s songwriting and walked beside him on the album cover for The Freewheeling Bob Dylan, died of lung cancer on Friday. She was 67. Fresh Air remembers Dylan’s muse with excerpts from a 2008 interview.

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  1. Music for your Monday morning: NPR Music is streaming almost two dozen tracks from Bob Dylan’s Witmark Demos 1962-1964. Enjoy! View in High-Res

    Music for your Monday morning: NPR Music is streaming almost two dozen tracks from Bob Dylan’s Witmark Demos 1962-1964. Enjoy!

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  1. Bob Dylan’s 1972 letter to the FBI, written to protest the immigration proceedings against John Lennon and Yoko Ono. (The FBI claimed they had been admitted to the country in violation of then-existing immigration law.) One of our guests today, historian Jon Wiener, filed a Freedom of Information request to obtain the more than 200 letters written by artists and celebrities on behalf of Lennon and Ono. View in High-Res

    Bob Dylan’s 1972 letter to the FBI, written to protest the immigration proceedings against John Lennon and Yoko Ono. (The FBI claimed they had been admitted to the country in violation of then-existing immigration law.) One of our guests today, historian Jon Wiener, filed a Freedom of Information request to obtain the more than 200 letters written by artists and celebrities on behalf of Lennon and Ono.

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