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Celebrating Resistance and Triumph Over Tyranny at Lincoln Center

For three years now, Lincoln Center has been partnering with Manhattan’s High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry in an annual celebration of freedom fighters from across the decades. Inspired by Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, Thursday night’s annual performance featured “a stellar cast,” as Lincoln Center’s Viviana Benitez put it, playing some powerfully relevant music and reading insightful, inspiring, sometimes incendiary works by activists and authors from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Brianna Thomas raised the bar dauntingly high with the Civil Rights-era Sam Cooke hit A Change Is Gonna Come, guitarist Marvin Sewell playing bottleneck style on the intro for a ringing, rustic, deep blues feel. “I go downtown, and somebody’s always telling me, don’t hang around,” Thomas intoned somberly over Sewell’s terse icepick soul chords. In an era when Eric Garner was murdered because he got too close to a new luxury condo building, that resounded just as mightily as it did in Birmingham in 1964. She picked it up again with a ferociously gritty insistence, the audience adding a final, spontaneous “Yeah!” at the very end.

Later in the performance the duo played a hauntingly hazy, utterly Lynchian take of Strange Fruit. Thomas’ slow, surreal swoops and dives raised the macabre factor through the roof: If there’s any one song for Halloween month, 2017, this was it.

In between, a parade of speakers brought to life a series of fiery condemnations of tyrants and oppression, and widely diverse opinions on how to get rid of them. Staceyann Chin bookended all this with an understatedly sardonic excerpt from Bartolome de las Casas’ grisly account of early conquistadorial genocide, closing with a rousing Marge Piercy piece on how to build a grassroots movement.

Shantel French matter-of-factly voiced Henry George’s insight into how poverty is criminalized, but is actually a form of discrimination. Michael Ealy’s most memorable moment onstage was his emphatic delivery of the irony and ironclad logic in Jermain Wesley Loguen’s famous letter to the slaveowner he escaped during the Civil War: ‘You say you raised me as you raised your own children…did you raise them for the whipping post?”

Geoffrey Arend read Eugene Debs’ address for his 1918 sedition sentencing, optimism in the face of a prison sentence and a corrupt system doomed to collapse  Laura Mendoza voiced the anguish and indignity of a longtime resident of Vieques, Puerto Rico who’d seen his neighbors harassed and killed by drunken marines and errant bombs dropped in practice runs (this was in 1979, before the island was rendered uninhabitable by the same depleted uranium dropped on Afghanistan and Iraq). Considering that the President of the United States has castigated the people of this disaster-stricken part of the world for being a drain on the Federal budget, this packed a real wallop. We can only hope this latest incident helps the wheels of impeachment move a little faster.

Brian Jones read from a witheringly cynical pre-Emancipation Frederick Douglass speech on what the Fourth of July means to a slave, and also Martin Luther King’s emphatically commonsensical analysis of the racism and injustice inherent in the Vietnam War draft. Aasif Mandvi brought out all the black humor in Brooklyn College professor Moustafa Bayoumi’s account of being besieged by off-campus rightwing nutjobs. And joined by incisive, puristically bluesy guitarist Giancarlo Castillo, songwriter Ani Cordero sang a venomous take of Dylan’s Masters of War and an understatedly passionate, articulate version of Lydia Mendoza’s 1934 border ballad Mal Hombre, sad testimony to the fact that Mexican immigrants have been demonized long before Trump.

The next free performance at Lincoln Center’s Broadway atrium space just north of 62nd St. is on Oct 19 at 7:30 PM featuring artsy Mexican trip-hop band Ampsersan. Getting to the space a little early is a good way to make sure you get a seat, since these events tend to sell out.

Celebrating Resistance and Triumph Over Tyranny at Lincoln Center

Wilco announce vinyl reissues; Mavis Staples & Bob Dylan share songs

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Wilco have announced that they’re giving vinyl and CD reissues to their first two albums, A.M. and Being There, with bonus material including alternate takes, unreleased songs, and live recordings…

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The Village Voice just published its last print edition (Dylan’s on the cover)

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The 9/20 issue of The Village Voice came out today — it’s the last-ever print edition of the iconic NYC weekly which was founded in 1955. Bob Dylan’s on the cover, offering a farewell salute…

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Just Announced: Bob Dylan will headline The Tower for two nights in November

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Just Announced: Bob Dylan will headline The Tower for two nights in November

Bob Dylan | Firefly Music Festival | Photos by John Vettese

The title says it all: Bob Dylan. Tower Theater. Not one, but two glorious nights. November just got a whole lot better. The legendary singer-songwriter and 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Laureate will be bringing his iconic classics to life on November 11th and 12th as part of a just-announced national tour.

Dylan released the three-disc, thirty track Triplicate in March as a continuation of his uncovering of American classics.

Tickets for the double-headliner will go on sale Friday, September 15th at 10am. Check out some of the songs that you ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering Sam Shepard and his music with Patti Smith and Bob Dylan

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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering Sam Shepard and his music with Patti Smith and Bob Dylan

Sam Shepard and Patti Smith circa 1971

“RIP Sam Shepard. Ride on, genius.” – Marc Maron

Noted actor, musician and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sam Shepard has died of ALS at the age of 73. His impressive creative legacy includes making music with some Rock & Roll legends.

Sam Shepard is perhaps best known for for his acting in such films as The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven, Steel Magnolias, & August: Osage County. During his career, he produced 44 plays and a number of books, memoirs and short stories, but music fans will remember Sam Shepard as an ...

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June 26 in Music History: Bob Dylan & the Band release The Basement Tapes, Elvis makes his final appearance

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June 26 in Music History: Bob Dylan & the Band release The Basement Tapes, Elvis makes his final appearance

1964 – The Beatles release A Hard Day’s Night in the US.

1972 – During sessions at Olympic Studios in London, England, David Bowie records “John, I’m Only Dancing” with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track, which is released and becomes a hit single in the UK in September of this year, is not released in America after being judged too risqué by RCA Records.

1974 – The supergroup Bad Company, comprised of Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke (of Free), Mick Ralphs (of Mott The Hoople), and Boz Burrell (of King Crimson), release ...

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Firefly on the Fly, Day Three: Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, Mondo Cozmo, Kesha, Bishop Briggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more

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Firefly on the Fly, Day Three: Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, Mondo Cozmo,  Kesha, Bishop Briggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more

Chance The Rapper | Firefly Music Festival 2017 | Photos by John Vettese

Day Three of the Firefly Music Festival brought out superstar performances from Bob Dylan, Chance The Rapper, and The Weeknd, but it also brought out some of Philly’s finest including Mondo Cozmo, Chill Moody, Hardwork Movement, Vita and the Woolf, and a DJ set from the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff. Some great sets by Bishop Briggs, Sunflower Bean, and Kesha.

Check out photo recaps of the first two days of Firefly here.

Firefly on the Fly, Day Three: Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, Mondo Cozmo,  Kesha, Bishop Briggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more

Bob Dylan | Firefly Music Festival 2017 | Photos by John Vettese

Firefly on the Fly, Day Three: Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, Mondo Cozmo,  Kesha, Bishop Briggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more

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June 16 in Music History: The Monterey International Pop Festival begins, David Bowie releases Ziggy Stardust

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June 16 in Music History: The Monterey International Pop Festival begins, David Bowie releases Ziggy Stardust
1962 – The Konrads (featuring Dave Jay, later to become David Bowie) make their live debut when they play at Bromley Technical School in Kent, England.

1965 – Bob Dylan records “Like A Rolling Stone” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City in the sessions for the forthcoming Highway 61 Revisited album. Session musicians include Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, whose Hammond organ on this track becomes one of rock’s most recognizable sounds.

1967 – The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California begins. The festival marks the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis ...

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Bob Dylan began his Capitol Theatre run (night 1 setlist & audio)

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Dylan did play a handful of covers at the show, but he also broke out plenty of classics like “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Desolation Row,” and more…

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to all 27 minutes of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Lecture

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XPN MusicNotes:  Listen to all 27 minutes of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Lecture

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“When I received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature.” -Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has recorded a 4,000-word long lecture and has delivered it to the Swedish Academy this week, which officially awarded him the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature and the $922,000 prize.

Bob Dylan made history in 2016 as the first Western musician to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. The lecture was a requirement for Dylan to receive the honor. The speech is about 27 minutes long and accompanied by a piano music bed. Among ...

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Good Cover Version: The Sea The Sea Does Bob Dylan

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Good Cover Version: The Sea The Sea Does Bob Dylan

Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

Bob Dylan covers are countless, but the good ones are probably much less numerous. I’m a fan of this one, and I hope you will be too. Upstate New York outfit The Sea The Sea has taken on “I’ll Keep It With Mine,” a song also recorded by Velvet Underground ...

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Firefly Festival 2017 set times

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There aren’t really any major conflicts! Most headliners have no overlap at all.

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The Sadies Bring Their Most Psychedelic Sounds Yet to the East Village

Source: New York Music Daily

Americana fans need no introduction to Canadian quartet the Sadies, one of the world’s alltime great jangle bands. They’ve been around for about twenty years and they make fantastic albums. Their work with Neko Case is legendary. Their 2014 collaboration with Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, a grim detour into southwestern gothic, was every bit as good. Interestingly, their latest album, Northern Passages – streaming at Bandcamp – is their hardest-rocking and most psychedelic release. Which shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody who’s seen the band lately: they blasted through a cover of Iggy Pop’s I Wanna Be Your ...

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Rebecca Turner Brings Her Richly Jangly, Anthemic Songcraft Back to the East Village

Source: New York Music Daily

Songwriter Rebecca Turner earned a devoted following around the turn of the century for her catchy, anthemic blend of anthemic janglerock, Laurel Canyon folk-pop and the occasional detour into starker acoustic folk or more ornate psychedelia. In a lot of ways, she represents the vanguard of ex-Brooklynite musicians caught between the very tail end of the cds-and-college-radio era and the age of streaming and vinyl. She puts out albums at her own pace (she’s working on a new one, helmed in the studio by husband/bassist Scott Anthony, recently responsible for remastering the Feelies’ latest vinyl reissues). She also has an 8 ...

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Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017 lineup (Bob Dylan, Feist, King Crimson, more)

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The indoor, ticketed lineup for the 38th Montreal International Jazz Festival also includes Buddy Guy, Joey Bada$$, Robert Glasper, Tanya Tagaq, Xenia Rubinos, and many more.

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Win VIP Tickets to Firefly Music Festival 2017!

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Firefly Music Festival 2017 will be taking over the Woodlands of Dover. Delaware in a few short weeks. From a legend like Bob Dylan to a hitmaker like the Weeknd, this year’s lineup has a little something for everyone, making it the hottest fest to be in the tri-state area.

You might have already seen our other giveaway for 4-Day General Admission passes. What if we told you that we have second pair of passes…but in V.I.P.?

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April 24 in Music History: Lennon & McCartney hang for the last time, Tom Petty releases Full Moon Fever

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April 24 in Music History: Lennon & McCartney hang for the last time, Tom Petty releases Full Moon Fever

1961 – Bob Dylan is paid $50 for his first recording when he plays harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte’s “The Midnight Special.”

1968 – The Beatles’ newly formed Apple Records passes on signing the relatively unknown David Bowie.

1976 – Paul and Linda McCartney spend the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watch Saturday Night Live. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels makes an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney think about taking a cab to the studio, but decide they ...

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Win Tickets to Firefly Music Festival 2017!

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This year’s Firefly Music Festival is set to be the hottest festival to date. From Bob Dylan to the Weeknd, Twenty One Pilots to Muse, and Chance the Rapper to Kaleo, this year’s lineup features a little something for everyone. We know that you want tickets.

Rock On Philly is giving away ONE pair of 4-day GA passes with one general tent camping space to one lucky fan!

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Summerfest 2017 lineup (Future, Bob Dylan, Shins, DFA1979, Tegan & Sara, more)

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The Milwaukee festival also includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Willie Nelson, P!nk, Michelle Branch, The Moody Blues, Car Seat Headrest, Third Eye Blind, Big Thief, and so much more.

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The Molochs Bring Their Psychedelic Jangle and Clang to Williamsburg and the LES

Source: New York Music Daily

The Molochs – whose core is guitarists Lucas Fitzsimons and Ryan Foster – fall on the side of the more tuneful, jangly retro psychedelic bands out there. Some of their material is more lo-fi third – or fourth, or fifth wave, which wave are we on now? – 60s British psych-pop. Other times, they fit in with the uneasy Laurel Canyon clang and twang of bands like the Allah-Las (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall on March 24). The Molochs are coming to Brooklyn at Union Pool on March 25 at 8, followed by the fuzzy ...

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