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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 

A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Himself
B.J. Rolfzen ...
Himself (voice)
Dick Kangas ...
Himself
Liam Clancy ...
Himself
Anthony Glover ...
Himself (as Tony Glover)
Paul Nelson ...
Himself
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Himself (archive footage)
Dave Van Ronk ...
Himself (archive footage)
Maria Muldaur ...
Herself
John Cohen ...
Himself
Bruce Langhorne ...
Himself
Mark Spoelstra ...
Himself
Suze Rotolo ...
Herself
Izzy Young ...
Himself
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Himself
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He is one of the most influential, inspiration and ground-breaking musicians of our time. Now, Academy Awardâ"¢ winning director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, 1990) brings us the extraordinary story of Bob DylanâEUR(TM)s journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mitch Blank's credit as "hypnotist collector" is a reference to a line in the Bob Dylan song "She Belongs to Me". See more »

Goofs

When A&R man John Hammond is introduced, Billie Holiday, whom Hammond signed to Columbia Records, is heard singing the anti-lynching protest song "Strange Fruit." In truth, Hammond did not allow Holiday to record "Strange Fruit" for Columbia; she recorded the song for Milt Gabler's Commodore Records instead. See more »

Quotes

Allen Ginsberg: There is a very famous saying among Tibetan Buddhists: "If the student is not better than the teacher, then the teacher is a failure."
Allen Ginsberg: It's sort of a biblical prophecy.
Allen Ginsberg: Poetry is words that are empowered to make your hair stand on end, that you realize instantly as being some form of subjective truth that has an objective reality to it, because somebody has realized it. Then you call it poetry later.
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Connections

Features The Bus (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Memphis Blues
Written by W.C. Handy & George A. Norton (as George Norton)
Performed by Phil Napoleon
Courtesy of Jazzology Records
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Magical
26 September 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I've just watched the first part of 'No Direction Home". All I can say is thank you Mr Scorsese for bringing us such a wonderful document. I suppose the movie has most resonance for people who were there and buying the records and listening to the performances, but I would have thought even a fifteen year-old looking at the footage of Dylan singing "Pawn in The Game" would feel a shiver of wonderment.

I did not actually go to any of the '65 and '66 concerts (something I always regret) but I know many people who did, and many have told me that the cheering was usually as loud as the booing, and I don't know if that will fully come across; but a wonderful document, nevertheless.

And that is why Scorsese must be applauded; the editing was superb, the interviews were well chosen, the music clips were generous and Dylan is wonderfully articulate and revealing.

Yes boys and girls I enjoyed it; and Highway 61 in all its vinyl glory is going on the turntable right now!


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