Folk legend Bob Dylan has agreed to allow the first-ever exhibition of his work at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in Germany beginning October 28, 2007. Although the artist has been a committed visual artist for more than four decades, this three-month event -- titled "The Drawn Blank Series" -- will mark the first museum showing of his work.Exclusively for this exhibition, Bob Dylan has produced more than 200 remarkably intense color variations on pictorial motifs from a book of drawings and sketches done from 1989 to 1992, which were published in 1994 under the title "Drawn Blank" by Random House.In the book's preface, Dylan explained that these works were intended as sketches for paintings that he eventually planned to complete. These now fully realized works -- photo-lithographs transferred to deckle-edged paper -- have been stunningly reworked by the artist in watercolor and gouache and will be displayed for the first time in Chemnitz.When asked how Chemnitz came to be the venue for "The Drawn Blank Series" exhibition, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz Director Ingrid Moessinger explained, "I first came across Bob Dylan's book of drawings at an historical exhibition about Bob Dylan at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York. I went straight out and bought my own copy and immediately began to track down the originals."The artist said, "I was fascinated to learn of Ingrid's interest in my work, and it gave me the impetus to realize the vision I had for these drawings many years ago." He added, "If not for this interest, I don't know if I even would have revisited them."
Veteran folk legend Bob Dylan has revealed details on his relationship with The Beatles and his particular friendship with George Harrison.In a recent interview for the Rolling Stone magazine, Dylan talked freely about George Harrison's struggle to find his voice within the songwriting duo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney."George got stuck with being the Beatle that had to fight to get songs on records because of Lennon and McCartney. Well, who wouldn't get stuck?" he asked.Dylan continued praising Harrison for his writing talents, saying: "If George had had his own group and was writing his own songs back then, he'd have been probably just as big as anybody."The legend scoffed rumours of competitiveness towards Lennon and McCartney: "They were fantastic singers. Lennon, to this day, it's hard to find a better singer than Lennon was, or than McCartney was and still is."Furthermore, Dylan spoke about Paul McCartney in particular: "I'm in awe of McCartney. He's about the only one that I am in awe of. He can do it all. And he's never let up... He's just so damn effortless.".
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the 65-year-old said: "There's no definition of nothing, no nothing, just like... static". Dylan, who is to release his first studio album in five years, added that his music sounded better in the studio.He also failed to denounce illegal music downloads, saying: "Well, why not? It ain't worth nothing anyway."'No stature'"You listen to these modern records, they're atrocious, they have sound all over them," he said."I don't know anybody who's made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really."CDs are small, there's no stature to it," added Dylan, who has released eight studio albums in the past 20 years and 44 official albums during the course of his career.His new release, Modern Times, features 10 original tracks recorded by the musician and his touring band last winter.Dylan plays keyboard, guitar and harmonica as well as singing on the record.
It starts with the sound of rain. A woman's voice tells us it is night in the city, and a nurse is smoking the last cigarette in the pack. Then comes a nasal, gravelly voice, more familiar in song: 'It's time for Theme Time Radio Hour. Dreams, schemes and themes.' The career of Bob Dylan, radio DJ, has begun.Once the most iconic recluse in the music business, Dylan will spring a surprise on fans next month by broadcasting a weekly music show across America. His debut behind the mic, due to be broadcast on 3 May, has been heard exclusively in advance by The Observer.As the quaint title, Theme Time Radio Hour, implies, it is a simple format, even old-fashioned. Taking a different theme each week, Dylan introduces his favourite records with a wry line or pithy anecdote, then lets the music do the talking. First is 'weather'. Sounding utterly imperturbable in his new role, he drawls in characteristically rhythmic tones: 'Today's show, all about the weather. Curious about what the weather looks like? Just look out your window, take a walk outside. We're gonna start out with the great Muddy Waters, one of the ancients by now, who all moderns prize.' He has been provided with a digital recording kit so that he can present the hour-long programme from home, studio or tour bus. He sends a playlist to XM Satellite Radio's researchers, who then assemble the music around his narration.Future shows will be built around themes such as 'cars', 'dance', 'police' and 'whisky' and also feature special guests including songwriter Elvis Costello, film star Charlie Sheen, Penn Jillette, the TV illusionist, and comedians Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel. Dylan will read and answer selected emails sent by listeners - a thrill for fans who have regarded him as a Messiah-like figure of unreachable mystique.The playlist for the first show ranges from Muddy Waters's 'Blow, Wind, Blow' to Dean Martin's 'I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine', from Jimi Hendrix's 'The Wind Cries Mary' to Judy Garland's 'Come Rain or Come Shine'. The list, much of it from the Fifties, offers a fascinating insight into the sources of Dylan's musical inspiration. But there is no place for the counter-culture hero's own nod to meteorological mischief, 'Blowin' In The Wind'.Radio is a natural return to Dylan's roots. In his youth, Robert Zimmerman, as he was then called, was an avid listener, first to blues and country music stations broadcasting from New Orleans, then to the first stirrings of rock'n'roll.It took three years for XM's chief creative programming officer, Lee Abrams, to persuade Dylan, 65 next month, to do the show. He said: 'With Theme Time Radio Hour, Bob redefines "cool radio" by combining a sense of intellect with edginess in a way that hasn't been on radio before. Bob has put a lot of work into his XM show, and it's clear that he's having a good time behind the mic.'Bob's playlist choicesBlow, Wind, Blow - Muddy WatersYou Are My Sunshine - Jimmie DavisCalifornia Sun - Joe JonesJust Walking in the Rain - The PrisonairesAfter the Clouds Roll Away - The ConsolersLet the Four Winds Blow - Fats DominoRaining in my Heart - Slim HarpoSummer Wind - Frank SinatraThe Wind Cries Mary - Jimi HendrixCome Rain or Come Shine - Judy GarlandIt's Raining - Irma ThomasStormy Weather - The SpanielsJamaica Hurricane - Lord BeginnerA Place in the Sun - Stevie Wonder (Italian version)Uncloudy Day - The Staple SingersI Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine - Dean MartinKeep on the Sunny Side - The Carter Family