Record Machine: Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan

Steeped in heartbreak and loneliness, Blood On The Tracks is considered among Bob Dylan’s best. Released after the dissolution of his marriage to Sara Lowndes, Dylan claimed in his autobiography, Chronicles Vol. 1, that the songs were inspired by Chekhov stories. Rule #1: Never take what Bob Dylan says at face value.

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Record Machine: “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan

Like many children born in the 1980s, “Mellow Yellow” makes me think of the soda commercials first and the song second. Donovan has a long history of not being as revered as he might have liked, so I feel compelled to at least give his famous song a better look.

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30 Years of Music: 1997

Man, I thought 1994-1996 were hard to narrow down to 15 songs, but here comes 1997 with a whole new challenge. Behold! An embarrassment of musical riches:

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Imagine Bob Dylan Said This: When Nonfiction Writers Make Stuff Up

At the age of 31, Jonah Lehrer was a staff writer for The New Yorker and a contributing editor at several newspapers and magazines. He had published three best-selling books: Proust Was a Neuroscientist; How We Decide; and Imagine: How Creativity Works.

In that last one, he discussed Bob Dylan’s songwriting process at length. He used many quotes from Dylan, some of which he cobbled together or misrepresented. He also invented a few. When Michael C. Moynihan investigated this, Lehrer at first made up stories about his sources. He later confessed, resigning from The New Yorker on July 30th. His deceptions in Imagine throw the credibility of all of his other work into question. Read More Imagine Bob Dylan Said This: When Nonfiction Writers Make Stuff Up

Ayuh Music: Traveling Wilburys’ “Vol. 1”

Y’all, I seriously hate everything this week. You know? Nothing has gone right. So now I’m here with a glass of wine and some comfort music. Tonight that comfort music is the incredible Traveling Wilburys: Vol. 1.

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