Bob Dylan

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Confessions of Bob Dylan's Ex-Joint Roller

    Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and Off the Tracks By Victor Maymudes, co-written and edited by Jacob Maymudes St. Martin's Press, 304 pp., $26.99 From 1961 to 1966, Victor Maymudes filled a lot of roles -- both official and not -- for Bob Dylan: friend, confidante, gofer, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Bob Dylan's Star-Studded "Halftime Show" Gets Deluxe Treatment

    "Thanks Bob! Thanks for having Bob Fest!" Neil Young enthuses at one point during his set at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert. And though methinks that the October 1992 show at Madison Square Garden paying tribute to the Bard of Hibbing was due more to the planning of Columbia Records than t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Songs for Jilted Lovers

    Let's be honest here: Valentine's Day is the most annoying, garbage holiday ever invented. It's such cloying BS, a day where corporations literally victimize the entire population of U.S. single people into feeling bad for being single, and scare the hell out of those who are in relationships lest t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Do Musicians Have Any Business Starring In Ads?

    It's a real testament to our consumerist culture that one of the biggest events of the year for many people is seeing a series of high-budget adverts in the midst of a sports game. A significant amount of people tune in to the Super Bowl every year not because they care about football or even the ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Should Bands Play What We Want to Hear?

    This question comes up time and time again when talking about live concerts, and it seems like it's going to come up again now. Recently post-hardcore/indie-rock band Brand New played some shows on the East and West Coasts performing their full-length records in their entirety. It was a bold move by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    New "Bootleg Series" Edition Revisits Reviled Period for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 Columbia/Legacy "What is this shit?" It is the most famous review opening line in all of rock journalism. And it was penned by Rolling Stone's Greil Marcus in 1970 in an attempt to explain the unexplainable Bob Dylan Self Port ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Get Up, Stand Up: Six Protest Songs That Haven't Lost Their Teeth

    America was founded on the protest, and we've been fighting like hell ever since. From civil rights, voting rights and equal rights, America knows a thing or two about protesting. And lately, with unrest in Egypt, the protests in Austin over Texas' new abortion regulation, and people on both sides o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Five Educational Songs That Don't Suck

    Remember being in school and having to listen to all those awful educational songs? Our teachers would do anything to teach us, but most often they really have no idea what will appeal to anyone under the age of 40, so it gets hairy when something perceived as cool, like "that rapping stuff," gets i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Last Night: The Lumineers at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    The Lumineers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion April 24, 2013 Not even a year has passed since The Lumineers last brought their brand of folk-based pop to the streets of Houston, so a one-off headlining gig at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion found the trio here again sooner than usual. This time, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The Five Greatest Daniel Lanois Productions

    Late to the party as ever, I recently caught up with the new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album, Push the Sky Away, in light of the hype over their SXSW showcase last week. The album is fantastic, of course, but one thing that immediately jumped out at me upon listening to it was the interesting choi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Five Rock Supergroups That Actually Worked

    NOt long ago, we finally saw the release of the long-awaited album from Radiohead/Red Hot Chili Peppers supergroup Atoms for Peace and it got me thinking: supergroups are a tough trick to pull off. We all fantasize about our favorite musicians playing together, but when it actually comes to fruition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Say No to Cee Lo: 5 Musicians Who Should Get Sitcoms Instead

    This past week, it was announced that Cee Lo Green and NBC are working together to develop a new autobiographical sitcom based on and starring the soul singer. This is, of course, a terrible idea. Sure, Cee Lo is a great singer and he's done some acting, but would his life really make a great sitcom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Career Editing: 6 Songwriters Turned Screenwriters

    Last week singer-songwriter and dubious indie sensation Lana Del Rey told Australian Vogue that film work is her "happy place" and that she plans to make the transition into writing for film and "stay there." Whether this means she will stop making music or not is anyone's guess and whether that's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Braving the Boos: Bob Dylan and 10 More Artists Unafraid to Piss Off Their Fans

    Forty-seven years ago this week (wow!), a '60s folk icon by the name of Bob Dylan made his third and final appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. It was a highly anticipated set -- Dylan was the de facto leader of the American folk-music revival at the time, and his folkie flock ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    RIP Levon Helm: The Band Drummer And Americana Icon Dies At 71

    Levon Helm doing what he loved in Woodstock, N.Y., in 2004Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born icon of Americana music, passed away Thursday afternoon after a long battle with throat cancer, his family said on Helm's Web site. "He has loved nothing more than to play, to fill up the room with music, lay do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    What Every Musician Needs: Better Shut Up Lines

    We all hate the trope "Houston, we have a problem," but we do have a problem in Houston with talkative, inattentive crowds at live shows. Scanning back over reviews from the past two years, at least 20 percent of them mention crowd noise. So what do the musicians think and, more importantly, what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Hear Ke$ha's Quality, Teary-Eyed Cover Of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright"

    Photo By Marc Brubaker​Truth be told, if you played Ke$ha's cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" for someone in a car, without referencing who it was by, or her glitter-to-platelet count, they would bow down and worship it, sight unseen. And if she had a whole album with ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    The Best Episodes Of MTV's Unplugged

    ​MTV Unplugged was like health food for your soul during its heyday on the music channel, which was full of junk food. When artists stuck to the template and went untethered to electronic instruments and really dug into their music with new eyes it was amazing. Debuting in 1989 with Squeeze ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    10 Great Bob Dylan Songs Rolling Stone Left Off Its List

    Craig Hlavaty​Yesterday was Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, and to honor the milestone, Rolling Stone releaseda list of the best 70 songs from his now 50-year-old catalog. With contributors like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, David Crosby, and Tom Morello, they came up with a stellar list, a primer f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Nearly Lost CD Captures Bob Dylan On The Verge Of Stardom

    ​That fact that the CD Bob Dylan in Concert: Brandeis University 1963 (Columbia/Legacy) exists at all is something of a miracle. Dylan's brief but energetic seven-song set as a low-billed performer at the school's folk festival came to light only recently via a battered tape box found in the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Bob Dylan: 50 Years After His Debut, Have Things Changed?

    Today, April 11, is the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first professional show, an opening slot for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village. It's also the golden anniversary of Nazi military Adolf Eichmann's war crimes trial beginning in Israel, but that's not really that sunny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    The United States Of Music

    Monica FuentesFull-size image below​Rocks Off's sister blog Hair Balls did it with murderers and serial killers. Food blog Eating Our Words, riled the beer snobs with one about the best beers from each state in the union, and a teetotaling follow-up chronicling the best soda pops. For the pas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Bob Dylan, Still On The Road And Not Looking Back

    ​Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan 1974-2006 by Clinton Heylin Chicago Review Press, 448 pp., $29.95. Perhaps the world's premier Dylanologist and author of the best bio on the man (Behind the Shades Revisited), Clinton Heylin continues his exhaustive examination of every song Bob Dy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Bob Dylan Rolls With The Thunder In Shelter From The Storm

    Shelter from the Storm: Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Years By Sid Griffin ​Of the many different periods in the career of Bob Dylan, the years 1975-76 were particularly productive on a variety of fronts: the recording of Desire, two Rolling Thunder Revue tours, filming of Renaldo & Clara, and ... More >>

  • Film

    July 29, 2010

    No Happily Ever After Included

    Fairy tale meets real life for runaway kids in Kisses.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Top 10 Dylanesque Bob Dylan Quotes

    ​ Rocks Off would like to join a lot of other people, we're sure, in wishing Robert Zimmerman a happy 69th birthday today. Since breaking out of Greenwich Village via Northern Minnesota in the early '60s, the restless spirit much better known as Bob Dylan has been enriching the English language th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Museum Of Fine Arts Screening Rare Beatles And Bob Dylan Footage This Weekend

    ​It's an odd thing to think about, but imagine seeing the Beatles on American television for the very first time. Imagine how different they looked from any other musician making popular music in the early 1960s. Or think about Bob Dylan, going electric at Newport, how scandalous it would have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Play Ball! Baseball Songs Even A Non-Sports Fan Can Love

    ​Sports aren't really She Said's thing, though she does like to watch games where there's a lot at stake emotionally (Super Bowl XLIV) and she nearly always roots for the underdog. Mostly, she really enjoys the speed of college basketball, and the nostalgia of baseball. She Said's dad is by no mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    He Said She Said: Songs That Make Us Feel Like a Natural Woman

    ​ Despite what Shania Twain may think, feelin' like a woman isn't always about going totally crazy in men's shirts and short skirts. The life of a modern woman is often more about balancing work and social obligations, maybe even with motherhood, while still trying to look good (if you even care a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Road Trippin': A West Texas/Big Bend Playlist

    ​ Right after Christmas, Rocks Off hopped into our car and headed straight for the bowels of West Texas. It's a long drive to Big Bend, mostly through the middle of nowhere, huge swaths of land where even AM radio can't reach. Twelve hours in the car demands a certain kind of playlist that, like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Lying Liars and the Songs Written About Them

    ​After South Carolina representative Joe Wilson's bush-league grandstander heckling of the President last night - imagine the hue and cry if Nancy Pelosi had done the same thing during one of W's inane lie-filled speeches! - what Lonesome, Onry and Mean needs is some songs about lies and liars. On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Pink Floyd, Dr. Dre, Velvet Underground and Other Artists We're Glad Discovered Drugs

    It was 45 years ago this past Friday... that Bob Dylan met the Beatles for the first time and, more importantly for Rocks Off's purposes, introduced them to marijuana. While this meeting of musical titans would never lead to any actual musical collaboration or "Monsters of Hippie Rock" series of co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Aftermath: Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion​Sunday night's Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Bob Dylan gig out at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was an exhibition for an artist in his comfortable twilight, another on the cusp of a new revolution and the last one stoically fighting the violent ... More >>

  • Music

    July 30, 2009
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    July 24, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs for Getting It On, Part 2

    [Ed. Note: Here's Web Editor Katharine Shilcutt's top 10 picks for baby-makin' music. Now it's the boys' turn.] 1. Ryan Adams, "Come Pick Me Up": This has to work, because it shows vulnerability and warmth. It tells her you are the kind of guy who will be the one to get out of bed to get the Wet On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Eyeballin': Bob Dylan 1978-1989: Both Ends of the Rainbow

    An increasingly prolific genre of the home-DVD market are the independent "review and criticism" releases, which focus mostly on classic-rock artists and are manna for hardcore fans. And no performer has generated more titles than Bob Dylan. This release focuses on dissecting Dylan's least-covered b ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    May 14, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Is The Woodlands Getting a Minor-League Baseball Team?

    Well, not that Rocks Off knows of - although, really, what are you people waiting for up there? - but according to our colleagues at, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson will throw a few high and outside at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 2, with tickets going on sale v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Get Lit: Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan 1957-1973 by Clinton Heylin

    Will all due respect to the other major biographers over the years - Scaduto, Shelton, Spitz, and Sounes - it's Clinton Heylin's Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited that stands as the best and most comprehensive book on the Bard of Hibbing. So it's wholly appropriate that the author takes on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Get Lit: Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band, and the Basement Tapes by Sid Griffin

    They are perhaps rock's most mythical treasure trove of performances, more than 100 songs recorded on low-quality tape rolling on a 2-track recorder by six musician friends mostly fucking around in 1967. But the legend and impact of the so-called "Basement Tapes" (actually recorded in three di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    RIP Bob Dylan?

    At first, when Rocks Off saw this flyer (right) come over ye olde MySpace, we didn't really give it much thought. It looked like a decent night of tunes from a bunch of dead rockers - maybe some "Lithium", a little "Purple Haze." After all, the night is dedicated to rockers who have gone on to the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Bob Dylan Gives Houston Some Love on Surprise New Album

    www.bobdylan.comThat wily Bob Dylan has a new album in the can and all set for an April release, and even better, there's a song about Houston on it. The still-untitled album's sudden appearance came as a surprise even to those close to Dylan, Rolling Stone reports. "The disc has the live-in- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Dylan's Singing `Bout Houston On His New Album

    www.bobdylan.comThat wily Bob Dylan has a new album in the can and all set for an April release, and even better, there's a song about Houston on it.The still-untitled album's sudden appearance came as a surprise even to those close to Dylan, Rolling Stone reports. "The disc has the live-in- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2008

    Get Lit: A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, by Suze Rotolo

    To Bob Dylan fans, she is The Girl on the Cover. The brunette with the wide eyes, long brown hair, and infectious smile forever immortalized on the arm her boyfriend on the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. It’s the record that really launched Dylan’s career and legend with self-penned trac ... More >>

  • Music

    January 24, 2008
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    December 6, 2007

    Elana James

    Fiddle with this

  • Film

    November 29, 2007

    Like a Complete Unknown

    I'm Not There and the changing face of Bob Dylan on film

  • Film

    November 29, 2007

    One of Us Must Know

    The elusive Bob Dylan is masterfully considered in I'm Not There

  • Film

    November 22, 2007

    I'm Not There

    The elusive Bob Dylan, masterfully considered, in I'm Not There

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