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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito Restaurant Group) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week. Listen to the audio:

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Virgin owner Richard Branson offered the remaining members of Led Zeppelin a sum of cash around $800 million to tour 35 dates across three major cities. according to reports most of the group were ready to sign with the exception of Robert Plant. Plant reportedly ripped up his contract in front of tour promoters, and the entire project has been cancelled. More can be read on Robert Plant and the now defunct Zeppelin reunion at Ultimate Classic Rock.

In other Led Zeppelin news the mystery behind the title of Houses of the Holy has been addressed in an interview with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Page explains that the reason that Houses of the Holy  was not simply Led Zeppelin V like the preceding albums had been I, II, IV was that he at the time did not want the title to read as Led Zeppelin Victory Sign. Popular theory has suggested that the title had occultist origins or even simply signaled a change in musical style but says this was never the case. You can find more on this interview with Page at Consequence of Sound.

Rick Rosas a bassist for Neil Young has died at the age of 65. Rosas has performed over the years with artists like Crosby Stills and Nash, Rom Wood, Buffalo Springfield and Jerry Lee Lewis. The cause of death is at this time unknown. Read more on the Rosas's legacy at Ultimate Classic Rock.

Murder for hire charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd have been dropped in New Zealand. Rudd was recently accused by New Zealand police of arranging a hit man to execute two killings. Prosecutes have since taken over the case and the murder charges have been dropped. Rudd still faces serious charges including possession of Marijuana. AC/DC has gone on record as saying that Rudds arrest and legal issues will not affect the bands upcoming tour. More on Rudd's arrest and AC/DC's tour can be found at ABC.

According to a new book by Glyn Johns there was once the possibility of Bob Dylan uniting The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for an album. Johns says that Dylan approached him in the '60s with the idea and charged him with finding out if the bands would be interested. Johns said that while he and some members of both bands were interested there were two many hold outs including Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. Read more on this story and more at Consequence of Sound.

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For those who weren't captivated by the thrill of Superbowl XLVIII that took place Sunday night, the halftime show must have been quite the treat. Bruno Mars, widely known American singer-songwriter and record producer, performed a full 12 minutes of extravagance that really set the bar high for future halftime performers. Working through some of his top hits and adding in The Red Hot Chili Peppers with their song "Give It Away", Bruno Mars took us through a short tour of musical history ranging from 1960's Motown to current Hip-Hop influence.

Speaking of cool things that came out of the Superbowl that aren't sports, a few commercials really stood out that night featuring pivotal artists like U2 and Bob Dylan. U2 released a single titled "Invisible" which will continue to be free on iTunes until 24 hours after the commercial was debuted. For every download, Bank of America will donate $1 to the (RED) charity to fight AIDS. Bono wants everyone to know that this is not the debut single off of their new album, which they are hoping to release this summer. Check out the commercial:

We saw our good friend Bob Dylan in a commercial for Chrysler last night as well. It seems every year Chrysler get's a quintessential American, like Clint Eastwood or Berry Gordy, to try and make us feel real life feelings about a car company and it totally works. Bob Dylan's homage to American cars finishes with the line "Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone. We will build your car." Can we expect to see counterculture icon, Bob Dylan, in more commercials now?

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Bob Dylan is reissuing his 1970 studio album, Self Portrait, appropriately titled Another Self Portrait. The reissue will be a four-disc set that includes never-heard-before outtakes and acoustic recording sessions from his Self Portrait, Nashville Skyline, and New Morning albums.

To help build the anticipation of the reissue a music video, a video for the track "Pretty Saro," has been released.  Dylan collaborated with Jennifer Lebeau on the video, the two previously worked together on his 1994 MTV Unplugged video.  Lebeau went through over 1,200 photos from the Farm Security Administration archives that date as far back as 1940.  In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Lebeau commented on the video, "It literally goes from women on farms with wagons to Rosie the Riveter.  They were doing laundry and tilling the land, and at the end, they’re building planes and really in charge of everything at the work place. We wanted to include as many of these magnificent faces as we could, and tell this story across the years. I wanted to be able to visually represent that sort of unrequited love in a world that seems like it should be sad, but the people are always happy and fine.”  You can watch the video here.

Another Self Portrait is due out on August 27.  You can check out the track listing below.

 

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 – Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) Tracklist:
CD 1
01. Went to See the Gypsy (demo)
02 In Search of Little Sadie (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
03. Pretty Saro (unreleased, Self Portrait)
04. Alberta #3 (alternate version, Self Portrait)
05. Spanish Is the Loving Tongue (unreleased, Self Portrait)
06. Annie’s Going to Sing Her Song (unreleased, Self Portrait)
07. Time Passes Slowly #1 (alternate version, New Morning)
08. Only a Hobo (unreleased, Greatest Hits II)
09. Minstrel Boy (unreleased, The Basement Tapes)
10. I Threw It All Away (alternate version, Nashville Skyline)
11. Railroad Bill (unreleased, Self Portrait)
12. Thirsty Boots (unreleased, Self Portrait)
13. This Evening So Soon (unreleased, Self Portrait)
14. These Hands (unreleased, Self Portrait)
15. Little Sadie (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
16. House Carpenter (unreleased, Self Portrait)
17. All the Tired Horses (without overdubs, Self Portrait)

CD 2
01. If Not For You (alternate version, New Morning)
02. Wallflower (alternate version, 1971)
03. Wigwam (original version without overdubs, Self Portrait)
04. Days of ’49 (original version without overdubs, Self Portrait)
05. Working on a Guru (unreleased, New Morning)
06. Country Pie (alternate version, Nashville Skyline)
07. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live With the Band, Isle Of Wight 1969)
08. Highway 61 Revisited (Live With the Band, Isle Of Wight 1969)
09. Copper Kettle (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
10. Bring Me a Little Water (unreleased, New Morning)
11. Sign on the Window (with orchestral overdubs, New Morning)
12. Tattle O’Day (unreleased, Self Portrait)
13. If Dogs Run Free (alternate version, New Morning)
14. New Morning (with horn section overdubs, New Morning)
15. Went to See the Gypsy (alternate version, New Morning)
16. Belle Isle (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
17. Time Passes Slowly #2 (alternate version, New Morning)
18. When I Paint My Masterpiece (demo)

Bob Dylan & the Band at Isle of Wight – August 31st, 1969
01. She Belongs to Me
02. I Threw It All Away
03. Maggie’s Farm
04. Wild Mountain Thyme
05. It Ain’t Me, Babe
06. To Ramona”/”Mr. Tambourine Man
07. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
08. Lay Lady Lay
09. Highway 61 Revisited
10. One Too Many Mornings
11. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
12. Like a Rolling Stone
13. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
14. Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
15. Minstrel Boy
16. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

 

 

 

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Bob Dylan's guitar from his 1965 Newport Folk Festival set is going on auction. The Fender Stratocaster was a part of Dylan's infamous July 25, 1965 three song set in which he chose to go electric. This was the first show in which Dylan had performed with a backing band, which marked an evolution in his already iconic career.

The guitar spent nearly 50 years in the home of New Jersey resident Dawn Peterson's. Peterson recently settled a legal dispute that allowed her to sell the guitar. Peterson's attorney Christopher DeFalco explained some of the conditions of the sale of the guitar, "One term of the agreement that I obviously can disclose is that Mr. Dylan will participate in the sale to the extent that he will be signing off on any ownership interest after the sale. The person who buys it will receive a bill of sale that will be signed both by the Petersons and Mr. Dylan or his representatives."

The sale will also include handwritten Dylan lyrics from 1965 which were also found in the guitar case. The lyrics include fragments of the songs, "Just Like a Woman, "Medicine Sunday," and " Temporary Like Achilles." Peterson commented on the sale saying, "I would feel unsafe hanging it on a wall now, after all this went on," she says. "I would have to pay to keep it locked up, and I want somebody else to enjoy it. I'm hoping it goes to a museum so it can be shared with everybody."  The exact details of the settlement allowing Dawn Peterson to put the guitar up for auction remain confidential and neither party will say whether or not Dylan will share the profits of the sale.

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I am certain that everything Bob Dylan does is very humorous to Bob Dylan. The Victoria's Secret Ad? Playing the keyboard at concerts? Those are knee-slappers for old Bobby D. Take a gander at this recent blog post where Bob clears the air about what really happened with China. Hilarious! The ending is my favorite part:

"Everybody knows by now that there's a gazillion books on me either out or coming out in the near future. So I'm encouraging anybody who's ever met me, heard me or even seen me, to get in on the action and scribble their own book. You never know, somebody might have a great book in them."

What!?!? LOL, Bob! You are a comedian through and through.

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