Directed by Martin Scorsese. " His New York musician friend David Blue felt that Dylan clearly wanted to get back to being closer to his audience after becoming a major music star: Bob's just an ordinary fucking guy, a great songwriter who got swept up in this whole fame thing and was smart enough to know how to control it, who rode with it and was shrewd, damn shrewd. Bobby Neuwirth and the back-up band [dubbed 'Guam'] warmed up the audience. ", Dylan made the surprising theatrical choice of wearing whiteface make-up at many of the shows. Dylan chose to play in smaller auditoriums because, he said, "the atmosphere in small halls is more conducive to what we do. They were all there. Flanzer and Silver quickly provided several stars (including Stevie Wonder and Dr. John) to help make this concert the most commercially successful event of the tour, with Dylan giving a strident performance. Before the concert, Dylan chose to meet with the man that discovered him, Roy Silver, and Silver's partner, manager Richard Flanzer, for some advice. The Rolling Thunder Revue was a 1975â1976 concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan with numerous musicians and previous collaborators. He [Dylan] was electric during those tours, and had boundless energy and incredible strength of performance.  He was closely associated with several figures in Dylan's circle, including Jacques Levy, who directed many of Shepard's 1960s Off-Off-Broadway shows, Patti Smith, who was Shepard's former lover and dramatic collaborator, and Allen Ginsberg, who worked with Shepard in 1969. Roger McGuinn was there. I mean, he took this case, this nine years of whatever, and put it together, wop, like that, and covered every level, every facet of it. The television special garnered poor reviews and disappointing ratings, despite a TV Guide cover of and interview with Dylan. Patti Smith as The Punk Poet. Kinky Friedman and Donna Weiss joined the ensemble as featured performers, essentially replacing the former two, while percussionist Gary Burke replaced Rix. While shooting hoops one day in McGuinnâs driveway, Dylan stopped the game. Ronson was the lead guitarist and arranger in David Bowie's former backing band, The Spiders from Mars.  However, Dylan did add one surprising element to the Rolling Thunder Revue when Mick Ronson agreed to join the tour. The May 23 Colorado show was filmed for the September 1976 NBC television special Hard Rain; the Hard Rain live album containing selections from that and another late May date was released simultaneously. Shepard elected to record his impressionistic divagations in a journal eventually published as The Rolling Thunder Logbook (1977). Bob Dylan Allen Ginsberg Patti Smith Martin von Haselberg Scarlet Rivera Joan Baez Roger McGuinn Larry 'Ratso' Sloman James Gianopulos Jack Elliott Sam Shepard David Mansfield Sharon Stone Ronnie Hawkins Anne Waldman Ronee Blakley Joni Mitchell Michael Murphy Roberta Flack Claudia Levy Gordon Lightfoot.  She later recalled: Oh I loved him, right away, just loved him. The Rolling Thunder Revue was a 1975–1976 concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan with numerous musicians and previous collaborators. Flippo, Chet. Troubadours: Joan Baez and Bob Dylan in âRolling Thunder Revue.â Credit... Ken Regan, via Netflix  Shepard soon discovered that his nominal function as screenwriter was somewhat superfluous, for much of the film would be entirely improvised with little guidance or direction from Dylan. Notable items include two books, two albums, a TV Special and a movie: Sloman, Larry.  A documentary about the tour, directed by Martin Scorsese, titled Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, was released by Netflix and in select theaters in June 2019.. , On November 2, 1975, the tour stopped at the University of Lowell. In 1975, in an America defined by both the self-mythologizing pomp of the upcoming bicentennial and ongoing sociopolitical turmoil, Bob Dylan and a band of troubadoursâincluding luminaries such as Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and Joni Mitchellâembarked on a now-legendary tour known as the Rolling Thunder Revue, a freewheeling â¦ At the same time, Dylan was casually inviting others to join in with the band. Joan Baez as The Balladeer. Funny and mysterious and shy and dear and vulnerable.. I told myself, "Rubin, you got to keep pushing, 'cause you must be doing something right, you got all these good people coming to try and help you. The majority of the first Revue was booked at intimate venues, including smaller arenas, theaters and gymnasia; aside from a four-show Canadian leg and the concluding concerts in the New York metropolitan area, the tour's itinerary was entirely confined to New England. Dylan contacted actor/playwright Sam Shepard, who was considered a cult figure, to work as the film's screenwriter. Peanuts Snoopy's Holiday Collection with Hot Wheels Pop Culture Winter Christmas Rolling Thunder Die-Cast 1:64 Car Bundle. James Gianopulos as The Promoter. ", Harvard Square Theater concert poster, November 20, 1975, I've known these guys for a long time and I love them dearly, but everybody. A number of critics highly praised the tour. In the audience were a number of key political figures, boxers, and movie stars. He was just amazing, phenomenal energy, and incredible passion. It was there that he met Ronee Blakley, the actress/singer who had recently starred in Robert Altman's celebrated film Nashville. To honor the release of the âRolling Thunder Revueâ box set and Martin Scorseseâs Netflix documentary, Stacker is running down the best Bob Dylan albums of all time. I've never seen him as good as he was during the Rolling Thunder tour, night in, night out. The purpose of the tour was to allow Dylan, who had now become a major recording artist and concert performer, to play in smaller auditoriums in less populated cities where he could be more intimate with his audiences. DVD Currently unavailable. They tried to go out and do something unique and they succeeded. The tour included 57 concerts in two legs—the first in the American northeast and Canada in the fall of 1975, and the second in the American South and southwest in the spring of 1976.  The spirit was considered extremely warm, leading to Joni Mitchell, who only intended to play one concert, to stay on for the remaining three nights of the tour. Bob Dylan - Rolling Thunder Revue, 1976. "The Rolling Thunder Revue shows remain some of the finest music Dylan ever made with a live band", wrote Clinton Heylin. The Bootleg Series Vol. Genres: Mockumentary, Rockumentary. , Allen Ginsberg. New 4K digital transfer, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, New interviews with Scorsese, editor David Tedeschi, and writer Larry “Ratso” Sloman, Restored footage of never-before-seen Rolling Thunder Revue performances of “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You” and “Romance in Durango,” and of a never-before-seen cut of “Tangled Up in Blue”, English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, PLUS: An essay by novelist Dana Spiotta and writing from the Rolling Thunder Revue tour by author Sam Shepard and poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The process has changed much over the decades, but this was me in 1975 and my pursuit of two of acts I just had to see. I've been seeing Bob perform since 1966. It's like a family scene. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue, Vol. Rehearsals for the spring leg were held in Clearwater, Florida during April, and the first show was on April 18 at the Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida. . "Bob Dylan and Friends on the Bus: Like a Rolling Thunder,". ... Johnny Vohden. A Guide to Whatâs Fake in âRolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Storyâ A teenage Sharon Stone wasnât on the tour, Kiss didnât inspire the makeup, and the mysterious Stefan van Dorp is an actor As the first official release to capture the Revue at its peak, it was warmly received by fans and critics. Tommy Lee Jones.  New guests included Dennis Hopper, who recited Rudyard Kipling's "If" at The Warehouse in New Orleans. The idea behind the tour, Dylan said, was to "play for the people," the people who never get good seats at his larger concerts due to higher ticket cost and inconvenient locations. The words were like staccato bullets, and every song had a peak energy. Itâs also a reminder, not that we really needed one, that no one, especially in what passes for music in todayâs scene, does things like Bob Dylan. On October 30, Dylan held the first Rolling Thunder Revue show at the War Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, Massachusetts. "Hurrican'e Night: Thunder in the Garden", Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, The Bootleg Series Vol. When the tour rehearsals were still in progress, Alk reportedly began filming scenes in Greenwich Village for possible inclusion in the film. "Gone was the traditionalism of The Band. ", Dylan and Baez often opened the second half of the show duetting in the dark on "Blowin' in the Wind". However, the secrecy surrounding the Revue's intended destinations, the new material Dylan was premiering, and the inclusion of Joan Baez on the same bill as Dylan for the first time in a decade ensured prominent media coverage. David Mansfield as The Innocent  For many years, it was the only official release documenting the live shows from the fall 1975 leg. Performers included Roberta Flack, Robbie Robertson, Ronee Blakely, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and violinist Scarlet Rivera. Directed by: Martin Scorsese. . Roger McGuinn as Himself. He was exactly what I thought he would be like. And it was inspiring to me. A companion piece to No Direction Home, Rolling Thunder Revue adds a lightly fabulist spin to its portrait of the legendary 1975 tour that featured Bob Dylan and a revolving cast of friends and special guests hitting the road for a series of small-venue concerts, which Dylan conceived of as a kind of rock-music commedia dellâarte caravan. Rolling Thunder Revue rolls like a film for Dylan fans made by a Dylan fan. Some of the people interviewed were part of the Rolling Thunder Revue, some were not, and some are entirely fictional. William Devane. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006, Vol. Rolling Thunder Revue is a masterly addition to both Scorseseâs and Dylanâs steady work. He lights into a biting electric version of 'It Ain't Me, Babe,' and then a thoroughly convincing rock take of 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll'...and an 'Isis' that makes the Desire take sound like a greeting card.". (Performances by Dylan and Baez during the Clearwater rehearsals were taped and aired on The Midnight Special.) He was joined by the band for a few numbers, until the finale song, Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," featuring everyone on stage. Bassist Rob Stoner, drummer/pianist Howie Wyeth and violinist Scarlet Rivera were retained from the Desire sessions for the rehearsals. With Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Martin von Haselberg. Some of the performers on the tour were Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Joni Mitchell, Ronee Blakely and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. According to Stoner, the group rehearsed "for like a day or two – it [was] not really so much a rehearsal as like a jam, tryin' to sort it out. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. One, The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991, Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack, Vol.  And at the time of the concert, Carter was an inmate at Trenton State Prison, where he reacted after learning of the benefit on his behalf and the song dedicated to him: Wow, man. Dylan, Beat Generation colleague Ginsberg and various band members visited Kerouac's gravesite. Director. Dylan's inspiration for playing Lowell was Jack Kerouac, a pivotal influence on his oeuvre who was born and raised in the city. ENTER CITY, STATE OR ZIP CODE GO. Most performances from the fall 1975 tour were professionally recorded (in addition to wide bootlegging). , The dramatic finale of the tour took place on December 8 in Madison Square Garden, where, to an audience of 14,000, Dylan performed a benefit concert for imprisoned boxer and Dylan's latest cause, Rubin Carter. The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings Launched in the fall of 1975, Bob Dylanâs Rolling Thunder Revue flouted the touring conventions of the time by featuring an eclectic cast of characters and playing small and unusual venues with little advance notice. The purpose of the tour was to allow Dylan, who had now become a major recording artist and concert performer, to play in smaller auditoriums in less populated cities where he could be more intimate with his audiences.. , In June 2019, Netflix released a documentary about the tour, directed by Martin Scorsese, titled Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.  Luther Rix (drums, percussion) was also added at an indeterminate point. Add to Watchlist. Meanwhile all these people who eventually became the Rolling Thunder Revue started dropping in. Next, Dylan ambled on to do about five songs. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. At the end of Blue's show, Blakley joined Dylan on-stage for a few songs, joined by poet Allen Ginsberg; afterwards, Dylan extended her an invitation to join the Rolling Thunder Revue. Although most of the fall complement (including Baez, McGuinn, Ronson and the Neuwirth-led Guam) returned, Elliott, Blakley, Rix, Ginsberg and Shepard moved on to other endeavors. " Uninterested in performing in a country/folk milieu, Patti Smith amicably declined Dylan's invitation. The final Rolling Thunder show took place on May 25.  Employing Blakley as a substitute for Emmylou Harris (who had prior engagements to attend to), Dylan quickly recut "Hurricane", the last recorded work done for Desire before its release in January 1976.  In August 2010, a source close to Dylan told Rolling Stone that a documentary about the Rolling Thunder tour had been in development for years and could be released relatively soon. , Dylan named the tour after hearing the continuous sounds of thunder one day. The interviewees in the film are given character names in the end credits. As fanciful as Martin Scorseseâs new film about Bob Dylanâs Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975 is, it doesnât aim to turn truth into myth nearly as much â¦ While Ginsberg accompanied the tour for most of its 1975 run, his planned recitations, as well as some performances by other Revue members, were cut before the opening date to keep the concerts at a manageable length. ROLLING THUNDER REVUE Trailer (2019) Bob Dylan, Martin Scorsese Documentary © 2019 - Netflix Another musician invited on the tour was introduced to Dylan on October 22, when Dylan went to see David Blue perform at The Other End. There is a critical consensus that the tour failed in one regard, the making of the film Renaldo and Clara. , When rehearsals began, many of the musicians were apparently uninformed about plans for an upcoming tour. Dylan and Joan Baez sang "One Too Many Mornings", followed onstage by Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Eric Andersen, Patti Smith, Arlen Roth, Bette Midler, Buzzy Linhart, Phil Ochs and others. Jack Elliott as The Sailor. Linda Haynes. Stars: Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker.  According to Netflix, the film "captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. It was just amazing music every night--the most incredible conviction and spirit. Martin Scorsese. Patti Smith. Dylan and his group brought in lights and cameras and filmed the session, which began well after midnight; a brief scene of Phil Ochs trying to tune Eric Andersen's guitar from open to regular tuning made it into Renaldo and Clara. Live album sales were modest. When he sang "Along the Watchtower," it was just riveting. Dylan asked Flanzer to accompany him on the chartered flight to oversee these guest stars. Joni Mitchell returned to preview two songs ("Black Crow" and "Song for Sharon") from Hejira in Fort Worth. In 1975, in an America defined by both the self-mythologizing pomp of the upcoming bicentennial and ongoing sociopolitical turmoil, Bob Dylan and a band of troubadours—including luminaries such as Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and Joni Mitchell—embarked on a now-legendary tour known as the Rolling Thunder Revue, a freewheeling variety show that was part traveling counterculture carnival, part spiritual pilgrimage. Director Martin Scorsese blends behind-the-scenes archival footage, interviews, and narrative mischief, with a magician’s sleight of hand, into a zeitgeist-defining cultural record that is as much a concert “documentary” as it is a slippery, chimerical investigation into memory, time, truth, and illusion.  The concert was titled "The Night of The Hurricane," in reference to Dylan's song, "Hurricane", which was released in November 1975. Held at a half-empty Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, it would be Dylan's last performance for twenty-one months (save for a short set backed by The Band at The Last Waltz in November 1976), and it would be another two years before Dylan recorded another album of new material. Comments about it typified the feeling about the spring tour: "Although the band has been playing together longer, the charm has gone out of their exchanges", wrote Tim Riley. Bob Dylan. A second Hurricane Carter benefit was held at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas on January 25, bridging the two legs of the tour. Bob Dylan as Himself. According to Lou Kemp, a friend of Dylan's who eventually organized the tour, the Rolling Thunder Revue "would go out at night and run into people, and we'd just invite them to come with us. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue, Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings, "Bob Dylan, Martin Scorsese Reunite for ‘Rolling Thunder’ Film, Coming to Netflix in 2019", "Bob Dylan Details 14-Disc Rolling Thunder Revue Box Set", Photo of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan during Rolling Thunder Revuew, Photo of Bruce Springsteen visiting Bob Dylan backstage during a Rolling Thunder show, Ronee Blakely discusses the Rolling Thunder tour, Photo of Ronee Blakely and Bob Dylan during Rolling Thunder tour, Photo of Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, and Scarlet Rivera during a performance, Photo of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at the first Rolling Thunder tour, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg at gravesite of Jack Kerouac, "Remembering Bob Dylan's 1975 Tour Stop At The University Of Vermont", News headline about the Rubin Carter concert, "Hurricane", performed live by Bob Dylan in 1975, Photo of Bob Dylan and Muhammad Ali at benefit, "Dylan Returns to Garden With Rolling Thunder Revue in Benefit for Carter", "Movie Review – 'Renaldo and Clara,' Film by Bob Dylan:Rolling Thunder", "Music Video Review: Bob Dylan's Renaldo & Clara", "Still on the Road, 1976 Rolling Thunder Revue II", Dylan's New 'Bootleg' to Feature Unearthed Live Show, "In ‘Rolling Thunder Revue,’ Scorsese Tries to Capture a Wild Dylan Tour", Live 1961–2000: Thirty-Nine Years of Great Concert Performances, Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection Vol. On October 23, 1975, owner Mike Porco's 61st birthday, Dylan and a group of friends took over Gerde's Folk City as the main show was ending. What lengths do we go to see our favorite bands?  "The Rolling Thunder Revue, so joyful and electrifying in its first performances, had just plain run out of steam", wrote music critic Janet Maslin for Rolling Stone.. " According to Rivera, one heckler asked Dylan "Why are you wearing a mask?" Trailer for Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. Get info about new releases, essays and interviews on the Current, Top 10 lists, and sales. A week later, on October 30, the Rolling Thunder Revue played its first concert. Intended to contrast with the bombast of his 1974 tour with The Band, the first leg of the tour was small, spanning only thirty shows. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese 2019 13+ 2h 22m Music & Concert Documentaries In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.  Bruce Springsteen also turned down an invitation "because he had plenty of touring commitments of his own and was on a roll" following the breakthrough success of Born to Run, released that August. Cast. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall, Vol. We had no idea what the purpose for these jams was, except we were being invited to jam." " According to Riley, "These are rugged and inspired reworkings of many Dylan standards—[Dylan] even talks casually to the audience (now a thing of the past). 10: Another Self Portrait (1969–1971). Instead he found a whole set of textures rarely found in rock. Later in 1978, an edited version of the film appeared that omitted many of the dramatic scenes in favor of focusing more on the performances. However, the same day Blakley showed up for rehearsal, Dylan returned to the recording studio to re-record "Hurricane" (due to legal concerns involving the song's original lyrics). Joining them were T-Bone Burnett (electric guitar, piano), Steven Soles (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals) and David Mansfield (dobro, mandolin, violin, pedal steel guitar). The penultimate show of the tour took place on May 23 at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Martin Scorses and Bob Dylan? Cast. ... Major Charles Rane. , In October 1975, soon after completing Desire, Dylan held rehearsals for his second tour in two years (following an eight-year hiatus) at New York City's midtown Studio Instrument Rentals space. I said "Man, this cat's a genius. Excerpt from ftr_cast #018 "July, Oh My!" The release of Desire in January 1976 fell between the two legs of the tour, with many of the songs performed in the first leg taken from that yet-to-be released album. Bob Neuwirth assembled backing musicians from the Desire sessions, including violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner, and drummer Howie Wyeth, plus Mick Ronson on guitar. Director: John Flynn. 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