Life, and Life Only: “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”

Bob Dylan (source: uncredited Facebook photo from official Bob Dylan page)

“When he was on, no one could auto-desecrate better. ‘He who is not busy being born is busy dying,’ he famously intoned in “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” and way before the aphorism became worthy of inclusion in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, he knew that inspiration was episodic, that it … → read more

Podcast: When I Paint My Masterpiece
Episode #16-46 | airing 11-16-16

Dylan in Nashville

In December Bob Dylan will travel to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Update: Actually, looks like he will *not* be in attendance for the ceremony) This is unprecedented in awarding the prize to a musical composer, much less a popular music figure. Bob Dylan obviously is no … → read more

Podcast: Conventions, pt. 1
Episode #16-28 | airing 7-13-16

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine Episode 16-28 we begin a two part feature focusing on the Political Conventions. This week we’ll turn our attention to two Civil Rights issues Racial Equality and LGBT Rights. We’ll hear from Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Gil Scott-Heron, Emma’s Revolution, Sam … → read more

Death Valley ’69: How Charles Manson Murdered the ’60s (Part One)

This week marks the 46th anniversary of the Tate/LaBianca murders committed by Charles Manson and his cult-like Family. A nightmarish event with lasting cultural impact, music is central to its story. This and next week’s posts explore the connection. Coming down… Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that … → read more

A Walkin’ Chunk a Mean-Mad: Pretty Boy Floyd & Robin Hood

I love a good man outside the law
 just as much as I hate a bad man inside the law. — Woody Guthrie (1940) Legend On October 22, 1934, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd – a bank robber suspected by the FBI as a gunman in a 1933 Kansas City … → read more

Hey Joe. Hey Dig!

   Photograph: Cine Text/Allstar/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar What do Nick Cave, Cher, Eddie Murphy, and the The London Symphony Orchestra have in common? They have all covered “Hey Joe.” “Hey Joe” – Jimi Hendrix Version [1st verse (Oo – backing vocals on each line)] Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun … → read more

GENE CLARK: Here Tonight | The White Light Demos

          GENE CLARK Here Tonight | The White Light Demos Omnivore Recordings www.omnivorerecordings.com   Heralded in the mid-1960s as America’s Beatles, the Byrds – co-founded by Clark – struck pay-dirt right out-of-the-gate with their ringing version of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” That success was followed … → read more

Let my guitar playing friend do my request

Jerry Garcia I first remember hearing Merle Haggard’s song “Sing Me Back Home,” which we introduced in the previous post, in a cover version performed by Richard Shindell. It’s possible I heard a taped Grateful Dead version before then, but Shindell’s is the first one I remember. Shindell added the … → read more