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Dylan’s Sinatra Album

by Sparrow IT’S WAY PAST time for a defense of Bob Dylan’s most recent album, Shadows in the Night, which is a collection of songs originally recorded by Frank Sinatra, many of them rather obscure. No one I know likes the album, not even hard-core Dylan fans. Newsweek convened a panel of “dads,” guys in […]

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March 12: Copland’s Fanfare

Aaron Copland‘s “Fanfare for the Common Man” had its first performance on this date in 1942, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under conductor Eugene Goossens. The piece, inspired in part by a famous speech by Vice President Henry A. Wallace proclaiming the dawning of the “Century of the Common Man,” later became the main theme […]

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March 3: Arnold Newman’s “Environmental” Photography

John F. Kennedy on the White House lawn. Igor Stravinsky leaning on his elbow against a grand piano. Leonard Bernstein before the empty seats of an orchestra. Bob Dylan on a cobblestone street. Photographer Arnold Newman, creator of an “environmental” style of photography that posed celebrities in appropriately evocative settings, was born in New York […]

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November 17: David Amram

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and lifelong hipster David Amram was born on this date in 1930. Amram was one of the first jazz players to improvise on French horn, and one of the first classical composers to blend jazz themes into his work. His collaborators have included Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, James Galway, […]

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May 12: Dylan and Ed Sullivan

Bob Dylan, with only one album under his belt, canceled his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, scheduled for this date in 1963, when CBS network censors forbade him from performing “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues,” a song that he had rehearsed in front of Ed Sullivan himself without any issues coming up. “While many […]

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February 21: David Geffen

One of the most influential record producers of the past four decades and cofounder of the film studio DreamWorks SKG, David Geffen was born in Borough Park, Brooklyn on this date in 1943, to shopkeeping parents. A dyslexic college dropout (twice), Geffen lied his way into the William Morris Agency and then became personal manager […]

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“The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” Revisited

by Sparrow I LEARNED ABOUT BOB DYLAN from my mother. She’d started college at the age of 36 (I was 12), and heard young students playing “With God On Our Side” on guitar. Mom became an instant Dylan fan. Then the revolutionary “Like a Rolling Stone” arrived on Top 40 radio, and I was a […]

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September 15: Slow Train Coming

Bob Dylan’s newly released, Slow Train Coming, an album with born-again Christian themes, was reviewed by Jann Wenner in Rolling Stone on this date in 1979. Wenner called it “one of the finest records Dylan has ever made. In time, it is possible that it might even be considered his greatest.” Yet “so much emotion […]

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JEWDAYO ROCKS: Jewish Rock and Roll Dates for July

Research by Lawrence Bush and Bennett Muraskin July 4: Harvey Brooks (Goldstein), bassist with the Electric Flag and on Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited as well as the Kooper/Bloomfield/Stills Super Session album, was born in Manhattan on this date in 1944. He has lived in Israel since 2009…. Allen Klein, a manager of the Rolling Stones […]

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