Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, the Band, and the Basement Tapes Paperback – 30 Sep 2007
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4 stars '...Griffin tells a thorough, entertaining tale in a style thats part conversation, part journalism, part heroically detailed linernote.' Mojo, December 2007 --Mojo, December 2007
3 out of 5 stars '…Sid Griffin points the way forward for future authors… Griffin examines the story in admirably forensic detail, which should leave hardened devotees more than satisfied.' Q, December 2007 --Q, December 2007
'...Griffins informality is light years away from the high-falutin , impressed-with-themselves style that many Dylan scholars feel compelled to use in order to get their point home. As such, he captures the relaxed nature of the Dylan-Band recordings made at Big Pink... As a look into what Griffin posits as Dylans most creative year, its invaluable.' Record Collector, December 2007 --Record Collector, December 2007
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This book complements Greil Marcus's work on the topic. Marcus usually focuses on the history of Dylan's possible sources; Griffin concentrates on Dylan's results, and what went down on tape. One hopes that readers of this book have managed to track down some of the more recent bootlegs of the Basement Tapes; otherwise the book will only cause sadness and frustration.
After all since the rumors began in 1967 which were more to do with a motorbike accident these recordings have filtered in slowly to the U K.And though theres now a double album called The Basement Tapes we learn that there were over 200 songs,many unfinished,but you can see on the horizon the possibilities of another Bootleg Series.
In fact the first ever recordings from these sessions wafted their way to the collector on the first ever bootleg The Great White Wonder.
Meanwhile many of the songs were covered in the U K by Manfred Mann,the Brian Augur Trinity and an entire album by Coulson Dean McGuiness Flint .
Manfred Mann,named by Dylan as the best interpreters,were being sent demos from the States such as The Mighty Quinn.
Today its matter of fact
This is a fascinating book for Dylan fans (BobCats), Band fans (we're BandHeads) and all music-lovers curious to learn more about this wonderful episode in rock history.
If you have any of the music but feel hindered from listening further through 'mixed-up confusion', you can now make sense of these often chaotic pieces with help from Sid Griffin's detailed notes. The music becomes more enjoyable and more remarkable. We learn that the musicians (soon to be known as The Band) were so much more than just Dylan's back-up guys. And as The Band, they were one of the greatest groups ever.
Thanks to Sid Griffin, for a wonderful book. All music-lovers: Enjoy!
Still, it's worth checking out if you are Basement Tapes aficionado simply because there doesn't seem to be much else out there
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