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No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (The Bootleg Series Vol. 7) (2005) Bob Dylan [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Martin Scorsese's film biography No Direction Home was shown on September 26 and September 27, 2005 on the BBC in the United Kingdom and PBS in the United States. A DVD of this film was released on September 20, with an accompanying soundtrack released on August 20, 2005.

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Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, USA) is widely regarded as America's greatest popular songwriter. Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams are among the few songwriters similarly revered for their enduring contributions to the American oeuvre.

Much of his best known work is from the 1960s, when his musical shadow was so large that he became a documentarian and reluctant figurehead of American unrest. The civil rights movement had no more moving anthem than his song "Blowin' in the Wind." Millions of young people embraced his song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" during that era of extreme change. The radical insurgent group The Weathermen named themselves after a lyric in Dylan's song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" ("You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows").

More broadly, Dylan is credited with expanding the possible vocabulary of popular music, moving it beyond the traditional territory of boy-and-girl into the heady realms of politics, philosophy, and a kind of stream-of-consciousness absurdist humor that defies easy description. This allows for a rich ambiguity and plurality of meaning uncommon in song up until his appearance. This lyrical innovation has occurred within the context of Dylan's steadfast devotion to the richest traditions of American song, from country/blues to Scottish ballads, rockabilly to rock 'n' roll, even jazz, swing and Broadway. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan [Oct 2004]

Bringing It All Back Home

Bringing It All Back Home is a folk rock album by American musician Bob Dylan, released on March 22, 1965 . As the first album that fully blends rock and roll with folk music (the first seven songs, originally side one of the LP format, feature Dylan backed by a plugged-in band, while the remaining four, side two, are Dylan solo with acoustic guitar), Bringing It All Back Home remains one of the pioneering albums of folk rock. It includes one of Dylan's signature songs, "Subterranean Homesick Blues", which has a jangly electric guitar and characteristic stream-of-consciousness semi-nonsensical lyrics.

Bringing It All Back Home peaked at #6 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. The single "Subterranean Homesick Blues" peaked at #39 and #6 on the Pop Singles and Adult Contemporary charts, respectively. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bringing_It_All_Back_Home [Oct 2004]

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