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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone; 1 edition (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906002274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906002275
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Sid Griffin's other book in this series, "Million Dollar Bash" "If you don't have the bootlegs in full already, Griffin's sharp, witty analysis and articulate passion will get you hunting." "Rolling Stone""Griffin tells a thorough, entertaining tale in a style that's part conversation, part journalism, part heroically detailed liner-note." "Mojo""A working musician's sensibility is just what's been needed to bring clarity to this much-mythologized musical encounter." "American Songwriter""Page-turning stuff." "Dirty Linen""Admirably forensic detail." "Q""300+ pages of densely-researched and intelligently opinionated Basement Tape unravelling." "Shindig!"""""""""""""

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Sid Griffin is ringleader of the acoustic folk/bluegrass band The Coal Porters. He is also the 'resident musicologist' on BBC 6 Music's Radcliffe & Maconie show, a freelance writer, and a solo performer whose latest album is The Trick Is To Breathe. He led pioneers The Long Ryders in the 1980s. His first book was Gram Parsons: A Music Biography (1985), and he co-wrote the 2004 BBC TV documentary Gram Parsons, Fallen Angel. He is the co-author of Bluegrass Guitar: Know The Players, Play The Music (2005) and the author of Shelter From The Storm: Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Years (2009). Griffin has written BBC Radio 2 specials and annotated over 50 reissues for labels such as Sony, Rhino, PolyGram, Universal, Mercury, EMI, A&M, and Warner Bros. A native of Kentucky, he is a graduate of the University Of South Carolina. He lives in London, England, with his daughter Esther Mae, his son Noah, his fantastic wife Rhiannon, and his pet turtle Herman Franks.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2010
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This is the third book to my knowledge which takes as its primary subject Dylan's Rolling Thunder review tour of 1975/76. Shortly afterwards (77)Sam Shepard's RT logbook hit the shelves and in 78 Larry Ratso Sloman put out 'On the road with Bob Dylan'. Both of these guys have the advantage on Griffin in that they were attached to the tour as respectively official and unofficial chroniclers. Shepard's book is in the form of an early blog, scattered with poems and prose of varying quality whereas Sloman tells it from the viewpoint of the hard pressed rock journalist, used and abused at times but ultimately a fan. Sid Griffin, primarily an excellent musician with the Long Ryders and now the Coal Porters, has a second crack at adding to the Dylan bibliography after his Basement Tapes chronicle -Million dollar bash.
The results are mixed. Its by far the easiest read of the three books. It has a wider focus and attempts to cover the art Dylan produced between planning the tour in the bars of Greenwich Village in the summer of 75 up until the last gig in the Bicentennial spring of 76. This takes in two officially released albums of the time,the studio release Desire, the live album Hard Rain(76) and the later release of the fall 75 part of the tour (live -75). In addition two TV specials are covered (Clearwater and Fort Collins) both 76 as well as Bob's appearance on the John Hammond TV tribute. To my knowledge none of the movie footage has had an official DVD release, although the Fort Collins show aired on the Old Grey Whistle test back in 76.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cloudgirl on 2 Jan. 2012
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I'm a life-long Dylan fan, & (with a few unfortunate & notable exceptions) have at least "liked" if not quite "loved" most of his albums. But for me, the albums released in the early & mid 70s are by far & away the most compelling & I never grow tired of hearing them. After "Blood on the Tracks" was released, Dylan assembled a motley group of musicians & performers, (including Joan Baez, Bob Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg to name just a few!) to tour in late 1975 & that tour has become legendary. The Rolling Thunder Revue. Until CBS started releasing "official bootlegs", the only official live album from that time was "Hard Rain" and all of the tracks were taken from the second "incarnation" of the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1976. By then, Joan Baez & others had left the tour, the venues had become larger & Dylan's private life was in turmoil. That album is pretty dire. Dylan's film "Renaldo & Clara" was released in 1978 & it received a hostile reception from the critics & even some Dylan fans were far from impressed. It is a long, free-form, complex film, with footage of live performances from the first Rolling Thunder tour in the fall of 1975, some documentary style scenes & some convoluted, vaguely scripted, semi-improvised "side-story" as well! However, there is no denying that the live footage from the shows are evidence that Dylan was at the top of his game & it's worth watching the film just for the performances! I loved "Renaldo & Clara" & I have read as much as I can find about the film & the first Rolling Thunder Revue tour.Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Shelter From The Storm...a terrific read! 19 July 2010
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Once again, noted author (and fine musician in his own right), Sid Griffin, has delivered another gripping take on the curious but celebrated Rolling Thunder Revue, Bob Dylan's brief but historic journey with his traveling music troupe back in 1975/1976. Sid has a knack for telling the tale as if he and the reader were right there on the bus and on the various stages in the Northeast US, Florida and Colorado with such luminaries as Joan Baez, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Roger McGuinn, Mick Ronson and the rest of Dylan's rag-tag gypsy gang. It is factual and well-researched and is another jewel in the Jawbone Press collection, as was Sid's previous novel Million Dollar Bash about Dylan, The Band and The Basement Tapes. I HIGHLY recommend this book as a fascinating artifact of the times and yet another critical glimpse into the life of one of the most gifted, yet enigmatic poets and musicians of our generation. Included are revelatory takes on Dylan's strange and spooky Renaldo & Clara movie and the two (different) US and Japanese Hard Rain televison specials during that brief period. You will not be disappointed and Shelter From The Storm would make a wonderful gift for the Bob-ophile in your life!
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Another great read from Sid Griffin 19 July 2010
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Sid Griffin writes with the assuredness of the quintessential insider and yet with a smart and folksy angle that illuminates where the spotlights don't shine. He spares no-one - praiseworthy or otherwise - while maintaining an audacious objectivity. Neither party-liner nor mudslinger I can only surmise to say that if Mark Twain was alive today and writing about Bob Dylan (which I'm sure he would be) this would be that book. Great read and a wonderful companion to Million Dollar Bash.
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A 'must' for any Dylan fan 20 Sept. 2010
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SHELTER FROM THE STORM: BOB DYLAN'S ROLLING THUNDER YEARS offers a survey of a specific time in Dylan's life, when his Rolling Thunder Revue, a gypsy caravan troupe, re-invented the traveling troubadour tradition and delivered amazing live performances to audiences across the country. During this time his personal life became shambles even as his career was expanding to enter the acting realm. Musician and author Sid Griffin covers all aspects of these years in a survey that's a 'must' for any Dylan fan and collection covering his life and times.
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Top-notch chronicle of key period in Bob Dylan's creative life 7 Dec. 2013
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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.
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Simple Telling Of Fate 26 Feb. 2011
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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 b-side of the "Rita May" 45-RPM single: was the time difference an edit, or were they recorded at different shows? I realise that this is nit-picking, but explains the football metaphors I used above. Overall, this was a highly enjoyable read, and should be very welcome by those who love the Mojo Magazine stories about Bob Dylan. I found it hard to put down, and easy to pick up again. It is a welcome addition to my vast library about Bob Dylan, and will serve well as a source of reference. The revelation about the background singing on the "Hard Rain" album alone was quite enticing and entertaining, causing me to listen to the album very closely afterwards. It also made me play the Rolling Thunder Review Bootleg Series CDs, and helped me relive those heady times.
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