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Bob Dylan 1975-1981: Rolling Thunder and the Gospel Years (2006)

Bob Dylan's creative genius reached a crescendo as he hit the road with a rag-tag band of folk troubadours in the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue. Appearing unannounced in small venues, the ... See full summary »

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Bob Dylan's creative genius reached a crescendo as he hit the road with a rag-tag band of folk troubadours in the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue. Appearing unannounced in small venues, the Revue culminated in "The Night of the Hurricane" benefit at Madison Square Garden for wrongly-convicted boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. In his first interview in 30 years, "The Hurricane" tells all. Folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott, violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner, and Ms. Jacques Levy reveal the inside story of the Desire album, Joey Gallo, the Rolling Thunder Revue and the maligned tour film, Renaldo and Clara. Following his reinvention as "The Entertainer" in 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the Arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church. Dylan made three Gospel albums, winning a Grammy for "Gotta Serve Somebody." However, his radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics as he preached evangelical messages from the Book of Revelation. In his first-ever ... Written by Joel Gilbert

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4 July 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bob Dylan: Rolling Thunder & Gospel Years (2006)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Huge four hour documentary that takes a look at the most creative part of Dylan's career from the start of the Rolling Thunder Revue up to his final gospel album. This was made by a fan (and Dylan tribute band member) who also did a previous documentary covering the 1966-74 years but that there didn't work at all. This one here works a lot better because more people are interviewed who were around when this stuff was taking place. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Scarlet Rivera and many, many others are here telling stories about the original tours, why Dylan went towards Christian music and not to mention the disastrous RENALDO AND CLARA. Carter gets the first 90 minutes to tell his story and how Dylan got involved with him. If you're a die hard fan you'll certain like hearing these stories as well as meeting some of the people behind the music. I'm glad they included the audio from the 1979 Tempe, AZ show where the opening act got attacked and then Dylan came out to "preach" to them. The infamous preaching is here and it's always a kick to hear it.


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