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Weekend Preview May 19-24
Bob Dylan tributes, Deborah Voigt, Tom Paxton, Bill Kirchen, John Kirk and Trish Miller

Celebrating Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday in Style
Paying tribute to the greatest rock songwriter ever

FILM REVIEW: In a Better World and Of Gods and Men
Review by Seth Rogovoy

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Deborah Voigt Headlines Mahaiwe Gala
Opera star to sing arias, show tunes on Saturday, May 21

Famed Spiritual Teacher to Speak on Nonviolence
Mother Maya in free talk at Sruti Yoga in Great Barrington, Mass., on Friday May 20 at 7pm

Special Effects Wizard to Be Honored by Film Festival
Doug Trumbull to be Feted by BIFF

Weekend Preview May 12-16
Cultural Highlights of the Berkshire Weekend

Talk about a small world
Elaine and I grew up together, but only just recently met....

Berkshire Living to Cease Publication
A Farewell from Publisher Michael Zivyak

twiGs Branches Out
Lenox boutique launches new e-tail site

[MUSIC REVIEW] Avalon Quartet in Close Encounters at Mahaiwe
Review by Seth Rogovoy

[MUSIC REVIEW] Avalon Quartet in Close Encounters at Mahaiwe
Review by Seth Rogovoy

[FILM REVIEW] Bill Cunningham New York
Review by Seth Rogovoy

[FILM REVIEW] Bill Cunningham New York
Review by Seth Rogovoy

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Bob Dylan releasing new album, swinging through area for concert tour

Bob Dylan's terrific new album, Modern Times, is due to be released next Tuesday, August 29th.

On Monday, August 21, the "Midday Magazine" on WAMC Northeast Public Radio Network featured a six-minute prerecorded segment by Seth Rogovoy, produced by Berkshire bureau chief Carrie Saldo, reviewing the CD, previewing the concerts, and featuring extensive sound clips from the upcoming album, as well as news about Dylan's upcoming swing through the region's minor-league ballparks, beginning this Saturday, August 26, at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass., followed by stops at Merchantsauto.com Stadium in Manchester NH on Sunday, Aug. 27; New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Conn., on Tue 8/29; Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y., on Wed 8/30; Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., on Fri 9/1; and Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sat 9/2.

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Bob Dylan may have turned sixty-five a few months back, but in spite of having attained retirement age, the folk-rock legend shows NO signs of slowing down or relying on Social Security payments or songwriting royalties for his weekly paycheck.

In fact, the Sixties icon has been on a roll for the last couple of years, fueled in part by a bestselling autobiography; a critically acclaimed PBS Documentary, NO DIRECTION HOME, directed by Martin Scorsese; and his new role as host of THEME TIME RADIO HOUR, an old-fashioned, musical variety show, heard on the XM satellite radio network.

And Dylan continues to tour practically nonstop. After performing in Europe last month, heís now back in the United States on another barnstorming tour of minor-league ballparks, headlining an old-fashioned roadshow featuring Jimmie Vaughan and Junior Brown, that swings through our area beginning this Saturday night with a concert at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, before making stops in New Britain, Conn., next Tuesday; Wappingers Falls on September first; and Cooperstown, New York, where Dylan will perform at Doubleday Field on September second.

Further proof that Dylan isnít merely resting on his laurels or gliding along on past accomplishments -- and whatís really got Dylan fans buzzing -- is the imminent release of MODERN TIMES, his first album of new songs since 2001ís Love And Theft. Due out next Tuesday, August 29, MODERN TIMES is the third volume of a trilogy that began with TIME OUT OF MIND, his Grammy-winning comeback CD of 1997.

Indeed, MODERN TIMES blends TIME OUT OF MINDís brooding sense of mortality and despair with LOVE AND THEFTís more swinging, easygoing lilt.

The song styles on MODERN TIMES alternate among straight-ahead blues, honkytonk, rockabilly, folk, and even early-20th century pop, such as BEYOND THE HORIZON, which could be a throwback to Hoagy Carmichael or other pre-rock songwriters.

[ "Beyond the Horizon"]

Recorded with his well-seasoned road band, MODERN TIMES has the light, easygoing feel of a state fair somewhere near the mississippi, where blues meets country, such as on this number, "The Leveeís Gonna Break."

["The Leveeís Gonna Break"]

As is often the case on Dylan records, fans will undoubtedly parse the final song on the CD, "Ainít Talkin," a haunting, minor-key, violin-inflected, nine-minute folk ballad, which finds the narrator exhausted, parched, weeping, and seeking revenge against unnamed enemies.

["Aint Talkiníí"]

The Bob Dylan of MODERN TIMES, like the Dylan of old, looks around at the state of the world and is filled with anger and disgust. But that grouchiness is tempered by humor, clever wordplay, and even a modicum of tenderness.

MODERN TIMES is an instant classic that will please longtime fans of Dylan for his more enigmatic, inscrutable utterances; for his expressive, if strained vocals Ė an acquired taste to some; like a fine, single malt Scotch to others; and for his ability to open his heart in song to expose the raw wounds that plague not just Bob Dylan, but all of us, as he does on one of the albumís highlights, Nettie Moore, in which he describes himself, most aptly, as playing in a "cowboy band."

[ "Nettie Moore"]

If history is any indication, Dylan will wait some time before introducing any of the new Songs into his stage repertoire. Nevertheless, fans and the merely curious will undoubtedly flock to the concerts coming to our region this next week, for the chance to see a living legend still pushing the creative envelope, reinventing his old songs with every performance, and with his new CD, reaffirming his status as the genius poet of rock and roll.

Reporting for WAMC, this is Seth Rogovoy.

An expanded review of Modern Times is also coming to this site -- check back often.

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