The Life Of Elvis: Bob Dylan To The King Off To Bono Sound

MEMPHIS — an unprecedented lifestyle was dwelt by him — the poor boy that shook the world, the star who became a warrior, the icon not even death would stop.

Forty years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42, Elvis Presley’s life stands as one of the most analyzed in American history, and we aren’t close exhausted with the topic. Four years on, books continue to be written, films created and tunes sung about this singular life, and afterlife.

What follows is one variant of the Elvis story, from rise to tragedy that is Greek-worthy, in 40 quotes.

Sun rise and shine: The 1950s

Review: Neil Young Is Political As Ever On ‘Peace Trail’

Though many of the rock peers spend their careers that are late-era embarking on tours and recording cover albums, Neil Young is fiery and successful as ever. And given the increased political climate in which he releases his most recent  studio album Trail  (** and a half from **** out Fri.), there’s no shortage of societal ills for the legendary   singer-songwriter to condemn, his trademark   reedy voice just slightly shakier with age.

However, in 2016, protest music seems, and appears, considerably different than the guitar-strumming screeds Young has spent his career recording. While this point, he’s recorded a half-century of injustice from early favorites like Ohio and Southern Man to more recent crusades from big agribusiness and Monsanto. And from the sounds of Peace Trail, the world’s burden is sitting deep on Young’s shoulders. His new songs pulse with immediacy, moving a record of 2016 salient topics, particularly the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Over pow-wow drums and guitars, highlights Indian Givers and the title track of the album paint a picture of this battle in Standing Rock, the tunes’ heroes fighting for the right . “There’s a battle ragin’ about the holy land / Our brothers and sisters had to take a stand,” he sings on Indian Givers.   Meanwhile, the John Oaks tells a story of police brutality in a different perspective, focusing killed by an officer’s gun in his automobile.

Nobel Academy Penis Calls Bob Dylan’s Silence ‘arrogant’

Here is one group you do hear associated with star feuds: the people who hand out Nobel prizes.

However one member of the Swedish academy is calling out Bob Dylan over his failure to respond since its Oct. 13 announcement bestowing the Nobel Prize for literature to the 75-year-old singer. He’s the first musician to win the literature award at the 115-year history of the academy.

Per Wastberg stated Dylan’s lack of reaction to the honor the academy a week, bestowed on him was predictable, but disrespectful.

“You can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is,” Wastberg was quoted as saying in Saturday’s edition of the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

He went on to say that Academy members have agreed to cease trying to contact him, stating the ball is currently in Dylan’s court.

Only two people have declined a Nobel Prize in literature. Boris Pasternak did so under pressure from Soviet governments in 1958 and Jean-Paul Sartre, who declined all official honors, turned down it in 1964.

Literature laureates have skipped the ceremony before. In 2004, Austrian playwright and novelist Elfriede Jelinek stayed home, citing a phobia.

Alice Munro and Harold Pinter overlooked the service for health reasons in 2013 and 2005.

Dylan’s attitude might be explained by lyrics out of his 1981 song The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar: “Try to be pure in heart, they detain you for robbery. Mistake your shyness for aloofness, your excitement for snobbery.”

Patti Smith Explains Dylan Lyric Flub In Candid Essay

Patti Smith states when she stumbled over the lyrics of a Bob Dylan song during the Nobel Prize ceremony last week, it had been because she had been overwhelmed with nerves by the enormity of this encounter, not since she forgot the words to A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.

Smith writes in an essay published Wednesday by the New Yorker that after enjoying the song since she was a teen and rehearsing it in the days and months leading up to the service, its lyrics “were now a part of me.”

“I hadn’t forgotten the words that were now part of me,” she writes. “I was simply unable to pull out them.”

The singer-songwriter explains that she had picked one of her songs when she was invited to perform in honor of this literature laureate at the Nobel ceremony. However, when Dylan was announced as the recipient, she chose one of her favorites.

Smith writes that on the afternoon of the service, “I thought of my mother, who bought me my first Dylan album once I was barely sixteen.”

“It happened to me then that, though I didn’t reside in the time of Arthur Rimbaud, I was in the time of Bob Dylan,” Smith writes. “I also thought of my husband remembered performing the song together, imagining his palms forming the chords.”

Smith abruptly stopped singing during her operation at Stockholm’s Concert Hall on Dec. 10 and requested the orchestra to start again. “I apologize. I’m sorry, I am so nervous,” Smith said at the time.

In her candid, poetic piece published Wednesday, she says guests at the ceremony received her kindly and informed her that her operation “seemed a metaphor for their struggles.” She says the experience made her “come to terms with all the truer nature of my duty.”

“Why do we commit our job? Why do we work?” She writes. “It’s above all for the entertainment and transformation of these people. It is all for them. Nothing was asked for by the tune. Nothing was requested for by the inventor of the song. So why should I ask for anything?”

New Bob Dylan Set To Feature Entire Official

For Bob Dylan fans who think they have everything, a brand new box set promises to offer a little something extra.

Bob Dylan Entire Album Collection Vol Wednesday.

One has been touted as the “entire official discography” of the singer/songwriter, from 1962’s Meet Bob Dylan through 2012’s Tempest, as well as 2 “side tracks” disks comprising non-album singles, B-sides, songs from films and compliations and other rarities.

The set contains six albums 35 studio names and a hardcover book with liner notes that are album-by-album.

Due Nov. 5, the Complete Album Collection Vol.

One will likely be available as a USB stick and as a CD box set containing the music, in both MP3 and FLAC lossless formats, with an electronic version of the hardcover booklet, housed in a box.

British Writer Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize For Literature

LONDON — The writer Kazuo Ishiguro won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, the Swedish Academy said.  

Ishiguro, 62,  who’s famous  for novels such as A Pale View of Hills (1982), The Remains of the Day (1989) and Never allow me to Go (2005), wins $1.1 million.

The academy said his novels  show   “great psychological force” and  discover  “the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”  

In Ishiguro’s Latest work, The Buried Giant (2015), an Older couple go on a

Road trip via an English landscape, hoping to reunite with their adult son, whom they’ve not seen for ages. The  novel movingly explores  how memory relates into oblivion, history to the current — and fantasy to fact.  

Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1954. His family moved to Britain when he was five-years-old and he returned to visit his country of birth only as a grownup.  

Many in the publishing world will view Ishiguro’s win in one of the most surprising decisions from the prize’s history, American singer and poet after year, as a comparatively safe alternative by the academy.

The Swedish Academy said Dylan won “for having made fresh poetic expressions over the fantastic American song tradition.” However, the decision sparked discussion, including about if song lyrics should be qualified, from Dylan himself.

One of the top contenders preferred by bookmakers this season were: Japan’s Haruki Murakami, 68, whose novels   fuse the realistic and the fantastic, and Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o, 79, whose political perform forced him to leave Africa for the USA.

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded 110 times to 114 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2017. In 2015, an choice was also made by the Swedish Academy in providing the award to Belarus’ Svetlana Alexievich. Her journalism and non-fiction works research topics related to the Soviet Union’s rest.

Alfred Nobel’s prescriptions for the prize   were quite vague. He said it should go annually to “the most outstanding work in an perfect direction.”

The prize has been won by 14 girls. On four occasions, the award has been shared between two  people. The youngest ever   laureate was Rudyard Kipling, in 41; Doris Lessing, the oldest. She was 88 when she won the trophy.  

Joachim Frank, Richard Henderson and Jacques Dubochet, three researchers Located at the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland, respectively, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for Improvements in electron microscopy.

The medicine prize went to three Americans analyzing circadian rhythms: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. The physics prize went to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for detecting gravitational waves. Friday the peace prize is going to be announced.

The awarding of the  peace prize comes amid debate about if Aung San Suu Kyi — that won the prize in 1991 — ought to be stripped of the honor. The de facto leader of Myanmar has attracted international condemnation for her defense of the country’s treatment of its Rohingya population, a minority Muslim group.

Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar from the thousands for Bangladesh. The United Nations has characterized Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya as a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing.”

For the second year in a row, President Trump was nominated for the peace prize. Organization or any individual may be chosen by anyone qualified to nominate.

Eligible nominators, according to the academy, include but aren’t limited to: college chancellors, professors of political and social science and other disciplines; leaders of peace research institutes; members of national assemblies, governments, and global courts of lawenforcement; and previous Nobel peace prize laureates.

Massive Johnny Cash Box Put An Homage

Anyone with a die-hard Johnny Cash fan in their holiday list might want to look at putting a bow on a huge new career retrospective from Columbia/Legacy.

The 63-disc Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection ($230) brings together 59 albums. It starts with 1958’s The Fabulous Johnny Cash, which featured his first No. 1 country single, Do not Take Your Guns to Town, and stretches through 1990’s Highwayman 2 with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Money, who died in 2003, would have turned 80.

Cash embraced a variety of styles — country and western, gospel, blues, rockabilly, traditional balladry and folk — even though with his gravelly baritone that was deep created each distinctly his own. The set includes 35 records being released for the first time on CD. Each title is packaged including the five original gatefold albums in the Columbia discography of Cash, using its original artwork. It comes with a full-color booklet that includes information on each album: guest performers, recording cities and dates, musicians, songwriters, manufacturers, release dates, catalogue numbers and chart positions.

One of the many rarities are two Film soundtracks Made in Nashville in 1970 by Bob Johnson: I Walk the Line, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Gregory Peck, and Little Fauss and Big Halsy, a motorcycle film starring Lauren Hutton and Robert Redford.

There are two new compilations to complement the boxed set. Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar, a 28-track Selection of songs released during his Sun Records decades (1954-58), and the two-CD The Singles, Plus, a 55-song collection constituting 1958-1985 and featuring singles that did not look on his Columbia albums, plus guest appearances by Bob Dylan, the Carter Family, Mother Maybelle Carter, June Carter Cash, the Earl Scruggs Revue, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson and Shel Silverstein.

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Bob Dylan To Provide Concerts In Sweden After Overlooking Nobel Fete

Live Nation entertainment group says that the Nobel Prize winner will give two concerts in the Waterfront from the Swedish funding April 1 – 2, as well as playing at the town on April 9.

Dylan’s previous gigs in Sweden were just two sold-out concerts in 2015 in the Waterfront, which has a capacity of 3,000.

Dylan declined the invitation into the Dec. 10 Nobel ceremony and feast, pleading different commitments, but expressed amazement at receiving the Nobel Prize in literature and thanked the Swedish Academy for including him among the “giants” of writing.

Column: Bob Dylan A Surprising, Deserving, Nobel Laureate That Is Poetic

Look out kid, it’s something that you did.

Perhaps this: “generated new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.” That is how Stockholm’s Nobel Academy sums up the achievement of Bob Dylan, who on Thursday was granted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

It is a stunning statement. Not only because of Dylan’s worldwide popularity, but at a time when the best poets are known to readers of journals that are vague, but also because it sets a precedent.

Dylan is the first musician.

Though suggested previously, he was considered out of the running, because his poetry occurs to be sung. Academy secretary Sara Danius begged to differ: The Greek bards, she said, also staged their poetry. “Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear,” she explained. “But it’s perfectly alright to read his works as poetry.”

“It makes great sense, it’s late if anything,” says David Wills of Woodcliff Lake, who like “Ghosty” hosts the Vintage Rock & Pop Shop  show at 11 a.m. Sundays, and Retro Radio at 6 a.m. Tuesdays on WFDU 89.1-FM. “If you were to look in his lyrics, as if they were the sonnets of Byron, which are considered literature, or even anyone who has written poetry, perform the lyrics as divorced from the music rack up? They do. In fact, the music takes a back seat”

There’s another way, too, that Dylan is a particularly fitting candidate for this prize.

The history of Alfred Nobel and his awards is well known. In a nutshell — or maybe bombshell — Alfred Bernhard Nobel was the century Swedish chemist who invented dynamite, and became one of the world arms manufacturers.

In 1888, a French newspaper printed his obituary by mistake (it was his brother who died). The end result of the story read: “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became wealthy by finding ways to kill people quicker than previously, expired yesterday.” His ways — somewhat, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, with this glimpse of he would be viewed by posterity he changed.

He didn’t give fabricating dynamite up. However he did establish that the Nobel Peace Prize, which gave some of his arms-gotten gains to folks who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies…” As Gore Vidal remarked years later, “one must never underestimate the Swedish sense of humor.”

Nobel also launched four other prizes: in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. These things need to do with world peace might be more obscure. But of course, Nobel had noble things in your mind: that the literary award, established in 1901, was to be given to the author who made “in the field of literature the most outstanding job in an perfect direction.” Whether “ideal” — “idealisk” in Swedish — supposed “idealistic” in the sense of dedicated to a worthy purpose, or “perfect” as in ideal, has been a topic of debate ever since. Suffice it to say, over the decades such worthy writers as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Henry James and James Joyce were denied that the trophy for being insufficiently “idealistic.”

Which brings us back.

Here, clearly, is a writer who’s overwhelmingly perfect. By bringing poetry to the lyrics he changed the direction of pop songs. Without him, The Beatles would have spent his career singing “yeah yeah yeah.” Without him, Jimi Hendrix would have been only a better-than-average blues guitarist. Without him, there would have been no Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Donovan, Counting Crows, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, P.J. Harvey, Leonard Cohen, hip-hop artists like Common or Talib Kweli or nearly anybody who made music after 1965.

In terms of “idealism” — in the sense which Nobel could have meant it — Dylan’s impact is equally devastating.

What artist said more, and stated it bitingly, on the subject of peace and war? What artist had more of an impact — in relation to his songs altering the management of public sentiment federal policy?

Many 1960s peace rallies mobilized into the breeds of Blowin’ in the Wind? Many children played The Times They Are A-Changin’ to baffled parents who couldn’t understand what all of this stuff was about? Many Vietnam vets felt they heard their story told at the Gon na Fall of a difficult Rain for the first time?

“Dylan painted with music and words, I would almost say, past almost anyone else from the age, an idealistic image of what the world may be,” said musician and NJPAC executive producer David Rodriguez of Englewood,N.J.

Just how many poets might claim to have named a radical underground protest band (The Weathermen was motivated by a line in Subterranean Homesick Blues: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”) ? How many would claim to have changed pubic sentiment on a important legal situation: the of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer accused of murder (though some people, particularly in the crime scene of Paterson, N.J., could take issue with Dylan’s Hurricane)?

What artist ever stuck it to the Alfred Nobels of this world?