"Nashville Cats" Broadcast BBC Radio 2, May 16th 2011
Blonde on Blonde.
In February 1966, Bob rolled in to Nashville to work on his seventh studio album. Following only partially successful sessions in New York, the decision had been taken to relocate to the Columbia label's Music Row studios. Nashville Cats looks at the music that resulted from the unlikely alliance between seasoned country music veterans, accustomed to fixed time studio sessions, and the more erratic modus operandi favoured by the wiry hipster poet.
Generally regarded as the high watermark of Dylan's most creatively intense period, Blonde on Blonde was recalled by the songwriter himself as being "the closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind... it's that thin wild mercury sound". Bill Nighy narrates a tale of in-studio composition, musicians by turns bemused, exasperated and inspired, and an artist operating at the very zenith of his talent.
Nashville Cats features newly sourced interviews with the key participants on these historic studio recording dates including musicians Al Kooper, Charlie McCoy, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Wayne Moss, Henry Strzelecki and Joe South. The documentary also features the perspective of Producer Bob Johnston, the man responsible for convincing Dylan to record in Nashville, and reveals the real story behind the supposed symbolism of its famous cover shot care of Jerry Schatzberg, the man behind the lens.
From "Down Under":
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan at 70"
Broadcast ABC Australia, April 23rd, 2011
Bob Dylan, one of the most influential and famous musicians of his day, is turning seventy in May. Into the Music marks that milestone, and Dylan's current Australian tour, with a new documentary feature on his life and music. Produced by Robert de Young, the program includes interviews with Dylan scholar and biographer Clinton Heylin, critic Christopher Ricks and journalists Stuart Coupe and Craig McGregor, as well as some rare archival material.
Jim Bickal, Minnesota Public Radio:
"Boy From The North Country: Bob Dylan in Minnesota"
Broadcast Minnesota Public Radio, May 21st, 2011
Dylan spent his formative years in Minnesota; he was born in Duluth and raised in Hibbing.
He became a folksinger in Minneapolis. A new documentary from Minnesota Public Radio News explores Dylan's Minnesota roots and how they influenced the evolution of his music.
In the documentary, you will hear from Leroy Hoikkala who played the drums in Dylan's high school band, the Golden Chords. Long-time friend Dick Cohn describes Dylan playing risqué rhythm and blues in St. Paul basements when he was a teenager.
Marilyn Matheny talks about Dylan finding his voice as a folksinger in the Minneapolis
community of Dinkytown. Plus you'll hear the story of St. Paul native Larry Kegan who was
one of Dylan's closest friends.