Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bob Dylan, American Poet-Songster

Bob Dylan has shaped and reflected the American character since the early 1960s.  He was one of the singer-songwriters of the "Folk Music Revival" of the 1950s and 1960s especially in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.  A new addition to the Music collection is a CD made from a radio program that Dylan appeared on in 1962, just after he recorded his first album:  "Folk Singer's Choice" Compact Disc 22622

Early years:
In 1961 Dylan dropped out of the University of Minnesota to move to New York City, where folk singers he admired were recording folk songs as part of the "folk music revival" based in the Village.  His influences included folk revivalists such as Woody Guthrie and Delta Blues singers such as John Lee Hooker.  He changed his name to Bob Dylan (from Robert Zimmerman) and recorded his first album (Bob Dylan) in 1962.  He had a hit with his second album, Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963), which included protest songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind."  He continued to blend folk style with the Civil Rights Movement sentiments with the song,
"The Times They Are A-Changing" in 1964.

Electric years:
Fifty years ago, in 1965, Dylan shocked his acoustically-minded fans and colleagues by playing an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival.  This marks the shift from his identity as a folk music icon to a rock musician. His album Bringing it all Back Home acoustic on one side and electric on the other, reached the top ten on the Billboard charts.  Having crossed over from the folk movement, he achieved more success with the song "Like a Rolling Stone," from the album Highway 61 Revisited.  His 1969 song, "Lay, Lady, Lay" was another hit.  But he continued to be socially conscious, and in 1971 performeed at the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden.

Christian years:
In 1979 Dylan declared himself a born-again Christian and soon released the first of his three gospel albums, Slow Train Coming.  He also gave several speeches, which have been collected in Saved! The Gospel Speeches of Bob Dylan  BT 752 .D94 1990

Recent years:
From 1983 to the present Dylan has involved himself in a variety of projects, including 1985's Live Aid concert, tours with The Grateful Dead and Willie Nelson, and painting.   He wrote his memoirs and also turned his attention to film making and painting.  Rather than touring to promote specific albums, he began a "Never Ending Tour"  which continues today.  His Drawn Blank Series of paintings was exhibited in Europe in 2007-2008. (exhibition catalog:  ND 1839 .D95 A413 2007)

Dylan songs that were hits by other artists:
From the 1960s to the present many diverse artists have covered his songs.  From fellow folk music enthusiasts like Peter, Paul and Mary, The Clancy Brothers, Pete Seeger and Judy Collins to rock giants like Guns n' Roses, Cher, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Pearl Jam, and Maroon 5, Dylan's songs speak to the human condition across genres and generations.  These are just a few of his songs that were covered by other artists:
  • All Along the Watchtower
  • Blowin' in the Wind
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  • Farewell, Angelina
  • Forever Young
  • Girl from the North Country
  • I Shall Be Released
  • If Not for You
  • It Ain't Me Babe
  • Just Like a Woman
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  • Make You Feel My Love
  • Mr. Tambourine Man
  • Outlaw Blues
  • Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
  • The Times They are A-Changing'
  • This Wheel's on Fire
  • Tomorrow is a Long Time
1962:  Folksinger's Choice (Live Radio Show)  Compact Disc 22622
1963:  The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan   Compact Disc 17236
1964:  Another Side of Bob Dylan  Compact Disc 17246
1965:  Highway 61 Revisited   Compact Disc 42
1965:  Bringing it All Back Home  Compact Disc 15726
1966:  Blonde on Blonde   Compact Disc 45 & 21960
1968:  Any Day Now  Compact Disc 16147
1969:  Nashville Skyline  Compact Disc 44
1974:  Planet Waves  Compact Disc 21851
1975:  Blood on the Tracks  Compact Disc 18239
1975:  Before the Flood   Compact Disc 66
1975:  Desire  Compact Disc 10699
1979:  Slow Train Coming   Compact Disc 7814 & 10696
1983:  Infidels  Compact Disc 41
1984:  Real Live  Compact Disc 10695
1985:  Empire Burlesque  Compact Disc 6247
1986:  Knocked Out Loaded   Compact Disc 10694
1995:  MTV Unplugged  Compact Disc 20516
1997:  Time Out of Mind  Compact Disc 15057
1999:  Street-Legal  Compact Disc 10697
2001:  Love and Theft  Compact Disc 11637
2006:  Modern Times  Compact Disc 16620

Biograph (1962-1981) Compact Disc 1097 and Compact Disc 13134
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, 1962-1966  Compact Disc 18329
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Volume II (1971)  Compact Disc 8088
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Volune III (1994)  Compact Disc 8089
The Bootleg Series, I-III: 1961-1989  Compact Disc 19318
The Bootleg Series, IV:  Live 1966  Compact Disc 21993
The Bootleg Series, VII: No Direction Home: Bootlegs from 1959-1966  Compact Disc 18506

Listen to "Chimes of Freedom" (Compact Disc 21564) for a wide variety of performances of Dylan songs in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International.  Performers include Queens of the Stone Age, Elvis Costello, Cage the Elephant,
Maroon 5 and Ke$ha.

Another album of covers is "A Nod to Bob: An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan on His Sixtieth Birthday" (Compact Disc 11151)


The Songs of Bob Dylan: From 1966 Through 1975  M 1630.18 .D94 S6 1976

Videos (Educational Technology & Resources Collection):
No Direction Home:  Bob Dylan, directed by Martin Scorsese  DVD Video 1873
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back (1965 concert tour)  DVD Video 8300

Articles (Ball State Log-In Required):
"Dylan, Bob." Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed.  Ed. Colin Larkin

Kenneth S. Habib"Dylan, Bob." Grove Music OnlineOxford Music OnlineOxford University Press

RILM Search for Bob Dylan (subject search for academic articles in English):
persistent link

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Long-Playing (LP) Vinyl Record: Everything Old is New Again

The Music Collection includes over 20,000 CDs, and the Ball State Libraries' online subscriptions include Naxos Music Library, which streams over a million tracks.  So why did we just add a USB turntable to one of the Mac computers in the Music Collection?  Why is there a portable USB turntable in the Educational Technology and Resources Collection?

First, both the Music Collection and Educational Technology and Resources Collection own some LPs, most of which have never been reissued as a CD or online.  We have carefully preserved these records for their historical and academic interest, but fewer and fewer borrowers have home audio LP players for listening.  The USB turntable allows listeners to study the LPs via quality equipment.

Using the Advanced Search features in CardCat, you can specify "Phonodiscs (LP)" to see over 1,000 LPs owned by University Libraries:

For many years, the LP format was relegated to professional DJs, but it is experiencing something of a Renaissance.  Though still a niche market, at 3.6% of album sales,  according to Digital Trends, LP sales in 2015 are strong and getting stronger.  Having grown up on the sound of .mp3 digital audio compression, younger buyers have discovered the richer sound quality of analog recordings.

According to Billboard, sales of LPs were up 38.4% for the first half of 2015, and Taylor Swift's 1989 led the list., which allows users to select from a variety of formats to purchase, has begun making 12" vinyl records a general selection from their main page:

And for some genres, you can specify top selling LPs within a genre, for example this screen capture of Alternative Music "CDs" on vinyl:

So whether you listen to historical, experimental, or modern records, you can now listen to them in the Music Collection.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Three Famous Guitars and their Close Calls with Fire

October is Fire Prevention Month.  Much of music history has been lost to fire, from the historical Alexandria, Egypt library fire to the bombing raids that destroyed documents in World War II Europe, sheet music, documents and instruments have been lost forever.

But for three famous guitarists and their guitars, the stories have a happier ending:

B.B. King named his guitar "Lucille" for the barroom brawl that started a fire in a club where he was playing a gig.  He rushed out of the bar, then realized he'd left the guitar behind.  Two men had been fighting over a woman named "Lucille," so he named the guitar (and subsequent guitars) "Lucille."

Read more in the Rolling Stone (May 15, 2015)
Read more about B.B. King in his autobiography, Blues All Around Me:  ML 410 .K473 A3 1996

Willie Nelson ran into his burning home to rescue "Trigger," a Martin acoustic guitar that has been his constant companion since 1969 much as Roy Rodger's horse, Trigger, was a reliable companion for him.  What higher compliment could a Texan pay to a guitar than to name it for a horse?

He tells the story in Rolling Stone (February 11, 2015)

He tells many more stories in his autobiography, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.  (Available in the Bestseller Collection)

Peter Frampton played a 1954 Les Paul Gibson guitar on his iconic album, "Frampton Comes Alive" and previously with his band, Humble Pie.  In 1980 a cargo plane carrying Frampton's gear crashed in Venezuela and all the instruments were presumed lost in the subsequent fire.  In reality, the guitar survived the crash, was looted from the debris, and was sold to a musician from the Caribbean Island, Curaçao.  In 2010 the two guitars he'd replaced them with were destroyed by flood, and then in 2012 the original was returned to Frampton after a repairman in Curaçao recognized it.  Listen to NPR's interview with Frampton about the reunion.

He discussed it and showed the damage on CBS News in Februrary 2012.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Music Collection's Top 200 List

Based on the number of times a CD (and its copies) have been checked out from the Music Collection, not counting course reserve CDs, these are the top 200 CDs of the Music Collection.   Have you checked out any of these CDs?

# Artist Title
1 Led Zeppelin   Led Zeppelin
2 Beatles The Beatles
3 Beatles Abbey Road
4 Pink Floyd   The Wall
5 Pink Floyd   Dark Side of the Moon
6 Classic Disney
7 Coldplay   Parachutes
8 Beatles Yellow Submarine
9 Beatles Help!
10 Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
11 Beatles A Hard Day's Night
12 Lloyd Webber, Andrew Phantom of the Opera (B'way Cast)
13 Menken, Alan The Little Mermaid
14 Beatles Past Masters
15 Beatles With the Beatles
16 Petty, Tom Greatest Hits 
17 Radiohead   The Bends  
18 Beatles Let it Be
19 Beatles Please Please Me 
20 Jonathan Larson Rent (Original B'way Cast)
21 Simon and Garfunkel Greatest Hits
22 Beatles Beatles for Sale
23 Coldplay   A Rush of Blood to the Head
24 Dave Matthews Band  Crash
25 Radiohead   OK Computer
26 White Stripes   White Blood Cells 
27 Dylan, Bob Blonde on Blonde
28 Pink Floyd   Objects of Fantasy: the Music of Pink Floyd
29 Red Hot Chili Peppers   By the Way
30 Styx   Greatest Hits
31 Eagles   Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975  
32 Lennon, John Imagine
33 Jimi Hendrix Experience   Smash Hits
34 Red Hot Chili Peppers   Blood Sugar Sex Magik
35 Soundtrack Walt Disney's Fantasia
36 Pink Floyd   Wish You Were Here
37 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 
38 Davis, Miles Milestones
39 Jackson, Michael HIStory: Past, Present, and Future
40 Coldplay   X & Y
41 Billy Joel Greatest Hits: Volume I & Volume II 
42 Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
43 Beatles Magical Mystery Tour   
44 Dave Matthews Band  Before These Crowded Streets
45 Radiohead   Kid A
46 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 1955-1983
47 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited 
48 Flogging Molly   Swagger
49 OutKast   Stankonia 
50 Radiohead   Hail to the Thief  
51 Red Hot Chili Peppers   Californication
52 John Coltrane My Favorite Things
53 Eminem The Slim Shady LP
54 Radiohead   Pablo Honey
55 Led Zeppelin   Physical Graffiti
56 Dave Matthews Band  Under the Table and Dreaming
57 Death Cab for Cutie   Plans
58 Elton John Greatest Hits:  Volume II 
59 Dave Matthews Band  Busted stuff
60 Led Zeppelin   Led Zeppelin III
61 Radiohead   Amnesiac
62 Red Hot Chili Peppers   Greatest Hits
63 Fleetwood Mac   Greatest Hits
64 Pink Floyd   A Momentary Lapse of Reason
65 Dylan, Bob Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits 
66 Eminem The Eminem Show  
67 Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack)
68 Killers Hot fuss
69 Incubus   Make Yourself  
70 Alanis Morisette Jagged Little Pill   
71 Howard Shore The Fellowship of the Ring
72 White Stripes   Elephant 
73 Soundtrack Forrest Gump 
74 Sex Pistols   Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
75 Sinatra, Frank The Capitol Years
76 Journey   Journey's Greatest Hits  
77 Soundtrack Moulin Rouge!
78 Beatles The Beatles Anthology 3
79 Maroon 5   Songs About Jane
80 Mayer, John Any Given Thursday
81 Modest Mouse   Good News for People Who Love Bad News
82 Tool   Lateralus
83 West, Kanye Late Registration
84 AC/DC   Back in Black 
85 Disturbed   Believe  
86 Classics for Children
87 Foo Fighters   There is Mothing Left to Lose
88 Goo Goo Dolls   Gutter Flower
89 Rascal Flatts   Melt
90 OutKast   Speakerboxxx ; The Love Below
91 Williams, John The Best of John Williams and the Boston Pops
92 Barenaked Ladies All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001)
93 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Fantasia 2000
94 Pink Floyd   Meddle
95 Rolling Stones Let it Bleed
96 Smashing Pumpkins   Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
97 U2   The Joshua Tree  
98 Nine Inch Nails   The Downward Spiral
99 U2   The Best of 1980-1990
100 Fright Night: Music That Goes Bump in the Night
101 Aerosmith   Aerosmith's Greatest Hits  
102 Clash   London Calling
103 Collins, Phil Hits
104 Evanescence   Fallen 
105 Flogging Molly   Within a Mile of Home
106 Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80's Underground
107 Coltrane, John Blue Train
108 Pearl Jam   Ten  
109 Foo Fighters   One by one
110 Hootie & the Blowfish   Cracked Rear View
111 Mayer, John Room for Squares
112 Pearl Jam   Pearl Jam
113 Soundtrack Amadeus
114 Dave Matthews Band  Live at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
115 Dr. Dre The Chronic
116 Red Hot Chili Peppers   One Hot Minute
117 Soundtrack American Graffiti
118 OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music, 1948-1980.
119 Disturbed   The Sickness
120 Goldsmith, Jerry Disney's Mulan
121 R.E.M. In Time 1988-2003: The Best of R.E.M.
122 Rodgers & Hammerstein The Sound of Music (1965 Soundtrack)
123 Soundtrack Garden State
124 Clapton, Eric Chronicles: the Best of Eric Clapton
125 Dylan, Bob Nashville Skyline
126 Shore, Howard The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
127 3 Doors Down   Away from Sun
128 Black Eyed Peas   Elephunk     
129 Copland, Aaron Fanfare for the Common Man ; Appalachian Spring ; Rodeo : Four Dance Episodes ; Billy the Kid : Ballet Suite (NY Phil / Bernstein)
130 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Le Nozze di Figaro (Fischer-Dieskau)
131 The Kings of Swing
132 Dylan, Bob Before the Flood
133 Mos Def    Black on Both Sides
134 Fitzgerald, Ella Ella & Louis
135 Nelly    Country Grammar  
136 Shore, Howard The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
137 Kander & Ebb Cabaret
138 Beck Mutations
139 Green Day   American Idiot  
140 Keys, Alicia Songs in A minor
141 Police   Every Breath You Take: The Classics
142 U2   All That You Can't Leave Behind 
143 West, Kanye Graduation
144 Green Day   Dookie
145 Walt Disney's Tarzan
146 1977, Take Two
147 Black Eyed Peas   Monkey Business
148 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Greatest Hits
149 Guns n' Roses   Use Your Illusion I
150 Lloyd Webber, Andrew Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
151 Pearl Jam   Lost Dogs  
152 Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet  
153 Doobie Brothers Best of the Doobies
154 Bowie, David Hunky Dory
155 Jackson, Michael Bad  
156 Jones, Norah Feels Like Home
157 Pearl Jam   Vitalogy
158 Schwartz, Stephen Wicked (Original B'way Cast)
159 White Stripes   De Stijl 
160 Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill  
161 Cash, Johnny American IV: The Man Comes Around
162 Heap, Imogen Speak For Yourself 
163 Jimi Hendrix Experience   Axis: Bold as Love
164 Menken, Alan Beauty and the Beast (Soundtrack)
165 Nelly    Nellyville
166 Arlen, Harold The Wizard of Oz (B'way Cast)
167 Soundtrack 8 mile
168 Matchbox 20   More Than You Think You Are  
169 Mellencamp, John The Best That I Could Do, 1978-1988
170 Rascal Flatts   Feels Like Today
171 White Stripes   Get Behind Me Satan
172 Who   Who's Next
173 Hendrix, Jimi First Rays of the New Rising Sun
174 Linkin Park   Hybrid Theory
175 Big Bands of the Swinging Years
176 Beach Boys The Beach Boys: 1962-1967
177 Rage Against the Machine   The Battle of Los Angeles
178 Rolling Stones Exile on Main St  
179 1972
180 Chesney, Kenny Greatest Hits 
181 Coltrane, John A Love Supreme
182 Holiday, Billie The Billie Holiday Songbook
183 Led Zeppelin   Houses of the Holy
184 1968
185 Bach, J.S. Mass in B minor, BWV 232
186 Schönberg, Claude-Michel Miss Saigon
187 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
188 1973
189 Ultimate Broadway
190 Clapton, Eric Crossroads   
191 Cure   Disintegration   
192 Flaming Lips   Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
193 Béla Fleck Perpetual Motion
194 Morrison, Van The Best of Van Morrison
195 Kenny Chesney No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
196 Soundtrack Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
197 Brooks, Mel The Producers (Original B'way Cast)
198 Cash, Johnny Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
199 Doors   Waiting for the Sun   
200 Al Green Greatest Hits