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Music, Reviewed Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

This official soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese-directed PBS biopic No Direction Home could well be subtitled The Alternatin' Bob Dylan. The two-CD set consists entirely of rarities and previously unreleased versions of Robert Zimmerman's best-known songs -- and while a…
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Film, Reel World

Deep Westurn

Born in San Francisco to Swedish immigrants, Robert Nelson worked as a carpenter and taught high school before pursuing painting at the California School of Fine Arts (now the S.F. Art Institute) in the wide-open local art scene of the…
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Music, Digging Up Roots

Digging Up Roots

Back in 1960, when he put out the first record on his tiny Arhoolie record label, Chris Strachwitz didn't set out to change the way the world thinks about folk music -- it just sort of happened that way. Last…
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Chasing History

The last time Chris Strachwitz was caught without recording equipment, it was 1959. Then a 27-year-old devotee of jazz, blues, and hillbilly music, he headed out on a road trip from Berkeley to Texas with a single mission: to meet…
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