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Freewheelin' With Bob Dylan

Allan Jones

Bob Dylan fans still reeling from the unexpected news that Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen producer Mark Ronson has remixed “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine) – the mind, she boggles – may have something to get more obviously excited about.

After more than 40 years, during which time she has largely maintained a discreet and dignified silence about her life, Dylan’s former girlfriend, Suze Rotolo, has written an autobiography – the rather awkwardly-titled A Freewheelin’ Time: Greewich Village In the Sixties. Bob Dylan And Me.

Given her reservations to date about turning he private life into a public spectacle, you can’t imagine this will be a lurid kiss’n’tell. But here’s money on the table that it’ll be one of the most fascinating and eagerly awaited books of the year when it’s published in March 2008 by American publishers Broadway Books.

Can’t wait for her take on the ruck that inspired “Ballad In Plain D”.

And finally thanks to Anita, who wrote in response to a posted comment from MrGoldsmith, wondering why after the brilliant performance of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the Nara festival in Japan with an orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen, Dylan never recorded with strings.

Here’s her message:

“MrGoldsmith wrote: Sure enough, this was an outstanding vocal performance, and it makes you wonder why Bob didn't keep on working or recording with strings and orchestra (with the possible exception of the Frank Sinatra Big 8-0) In fact, the conductor (Michael Kamen) was planning to work with Dylan again, but unfortunately he was diagnosed with MS not that long after the Nara concerts, and somehow the collaboration never happened. Such a pity as this performance is absolutely as good as everyone says. Other magical live performances are the Bangla Desch concert, the one-off Charles Aznavour cover "The Times We've Known" and already mentioned "Restless Farewell" from the Sinatra tribute. Too many to mention really! here's a link to the Aznavour song on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Kurjm_a1U

For amazing footage from Todd Haynes new Dylan biopic, I'm Not Here, go to:


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