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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 

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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 6 wins & 7 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 ...
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Himself
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Portrait of an artist as a young man. Roughly chronological, using archival footage intercut with recent interviews, a story takes shape of Bob Dylan's (b. 1941) coming of age from 1961 to 1966 as a singer, songwriter, performer, and star. He takes from others: singing styles, chord changes, and rare records. He keeps moving: on stage, around New York City and on tour, from Suze Rotolo to Joan Baez and on, from songs of topical witness to songs of raucous independence, from folk to rock. He drops the past. He refuses, usually with humor and charm, to be simplified, classified, categorized, or finalized: always becoming, we see a shapeshifter on a journey with no direction home. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

The Title of this Documentary comes from a line in the chorus of "Like A Rolling Stone". 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 »

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Bob Johnston: I believe in giving credit where credit's due. I don't think Dylan had a lot to do with it. I think God instead of touching him on the shoulder he kicked him in the ass. Really. And that's where all that came from. He can't help what he's doing. I mean he's got the Holy Spirit about him. You can look at him and tell that.
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Connections

Features The Big T.N.T. Show (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Written by Hank Williams
Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music
Performed by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan
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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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