Shelter from the Storm: Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Years
[Genuine Jawbone Books (2010), ISBN: 978-1-906002-27-5 (256 Pages)]
Gathering up his good friends and hitting the road, Bob Dylan’s traveling minstrel show and circus extravaganza popped into cities in the United States between the fall of 1975 and the spring of 1976, giving his fans a rollicking sideshow that they would not soon forget. With his marriage on the rocks and his personal life in a tailspin, Dylan, accompanied by a revolving door of ace musicians and celebrities such as T Bone Burnett, Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Hawkins, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Roger McGuinn, Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, Rob Stoner, Joni Mitchell, Ronee Blakley, and Ritchie Havens, stormed stages across America performing his songs and singing classic folk hymns. As a distraction and to keep his spirits up during the tour, Dylan also decided to direct and film Renaldo and Clara, one of his most elusive and misunderstood projects, using improvised acting scenes. Employing interviews with key participants and using a wealth of research, Sid Griffin carefully documents and analyzes the whirlwind Rolling Thunder Tour years and Dylan’s subsequent television special Hard Rain and 1976 album Desire.
—TJ McGrath (Woodbridge, CT)
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