Sid griffin million dollar bash
Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, the Band, and the Basement Tapes by Sid Griffin(Book). Million Dollar Bash tells for the first time the whole story of the Basement Tapes, recorded in summer 1967 when Bob Dylans career was at a crossroads. Recovering from a mysterious motorcycle crash, he gathered together a few musician friends in Woodstock, New York, and informally recorded a bunch of songs intended to be heard by no one but themselves. Instead, they changed music forever. In this new book, musician and author Sid Griffin examines the recordings in detail, demonstrating on every page a musicians insight into the Basement Tapes, the men who recorded them, and the times in which they were made. Every Dylan fan needs this book.
It sets the tone. The whole book is rooted from the get-go because it gives a solid damn about the history of the place where these events happened. Props to whoever selected the paper weight for this one! But Woodstock as a physical setting is only half the story; Griffin gives that specific moment in time ample space to blossom as well. The recent release of The Basement Tapes lends itself very nicely to this book, and diving into both concurrently is about the best way to experience either. Reading through the analysis — and Griffin, once again, goes as in-depth as possible here, delving into the whosits and whatsits behind every single track — is like being a fly on the wall. A considerable amount of effort went into just this portion of the book alone, and without all the rest this bit here would make the book worth owning.
Sid Griffin is eminently qualified as a tour guide through the huge Basement Tapes box set that has recently been unleashed as the Bootleg Series Volume Griffin of course is musician in his own right. He was a leader of the Long Ryders in the 80's and more recently founded the Coal Porters in the 's. He is equally well known as a knowledgeable and informed music commentator who has "tackled" Dylan in various career stages not least his excellent summary of the Rolling Thunder Revue in 's "Shelter from the Storm". The book "Million Dollar Bash" is actually older than the latter as it was first published in it has however been revised and updated to coincide with the complete release of the legendary recordings by Bob Dylan and the Band. The author is a passionate chronicler of this key 18 months in Dylan's development from the "mysterious" motorbike crash and the consequent outcome that for the duration of this period "His Bobness" effectively disappeared and dropped out.
Albert Sidney "Sid" Griffin born September 18, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist-mandolinist, bandleader, and author who lives in London, England. He led the Long Ryders band in the s, founded the Coal Porters group in the s, has recorded several solo albums and is the author of volumes on Bob Dylan , Gram Parsons and bluegrass music. Griffin was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He is an eighth-generation Kentuckian. He then moved to Los Angeles, California , to launch a career as a musician. He briefly played in the punk band Death Wish before joining Shelley Ganz to form the Unclaimed in Griffin left the Unclaimed in November , along with band's bassist Barry Shank, to form the nascent Long Ryders, adding Greg Sowders on drums and, after a period of searching, guitarist Stephen McCarthy.