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Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band, and the Basement Tapes [Paperback]

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Item description for Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band, and the Basement Tapes by Sid Griffin...

Documents the story behind Dylan's seminal "basement tapes" of revered and misunderstood works made during casual sessions while he was out of touch in the summer of 1967, in an account that analyzes the artist's fascination with electric music, the personalities who contributed to their creations, and their subsequent influence on a resulting American genre. Original.

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Million Dollar Bash tells the story of the basement tapes, a strange series of recordings made by Bob Dylan when he went on the lam in the summer of 1967. Remarkably, these casual sessions kick-started the entire Americana genre and produced some of the most revered and misunderstood songs in Dylan's catalog. Author and musician Sid Griffin begins the story in 1966, when Dylan first discovered his interest in electric music. Griffin then examines the tapes in detail — he analyzes the music, discusses how and why it was made, and speculates over who joined Dylan in making it. As he tells the story, Griffin ponders the question that has intrigued Dylan fans for nearly 40 years: why were the tapes so different from the music Dylan had made up to that point? This important book examines a major turning point in music history and inquires into a group of songs that were enormously influential at the time of their creation and that have been prized by musicians and fans ever since.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Jawbone Press
ISBN  1906002053  
ISBN13  9781906002053  
UPC  884088152499  

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Down in the Basement, mixing up the medicine!  Aug 30, 2008
At last we are allowed into the Basement of Big Pink: Reading this book puts you there with Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm and Bob Dylan. We learn who played and sang what; and somehow we can trace the remarkable musical development that resulted in 'Music From Big Pink' and 'John Wesley Harding', and inspired so many of these musicians' contemporaries.

Griffin has provided the antidote to Greil Marcus's 'Invisible Republic', which I found too heavy on ancient background to folk/protest material, and too wanting for essential insight into the activity within the Basement. This book is best dipped into with 'Basement Tapes' CDs immediately to hand. At last, Sid Griffin clears the mists and lets us taste the musical cocktail that brewed so privately 40 years ago. A wonderful guidebook to a fascinating, if chaotic, episode in music history.
Not much we don't already know.  Mar 7, 2008
Plus it's expensively packaged, running counter to the elegant simplicity of the subject. the sessions were off the cuff, born to be bootlegged. The paper, the printing: it's all overdone. Not enough substance, strictly for the uninitiated and tourists.
Better than Marcus' Book  Feb 18, 2008
I prefer Girffin's book over Marcus' book. Sid Griffin focuses on the songs themselves, the time in Dylan's life in which they were recorded, the recording process, and the impact the Basement Tapes had as they trickled out. Greil Marcus' book was yet another exercise in establishing how erudite and cultured he is as compared to the rest of us. While some may find that interesting, and Greil Marcus does occasionally make some interesting points, I think the guy is a pedantic jackass. I'd much rather discuss the Basement Tapes with Sid Griffin than with Greil Marcus.
Lost time IS found again!  Jan 16, 2008

Finally, someone got around to compiling all the information I needed to know about The Basement Tapes. Obviously, we're never going to know the full story, but Griffin fills the gaps with cheerful conjecture.

Griffin's writing really captures the spirit of these recordings.

Dylan should have commented, darn him! But he's too busy doing Cadillac commercials I guess.

Recommended reading for tired Dylan Freaks tired of the same ol' same ol'.
Very Informative and detailed  Nov 28, 2007
Great info on the legendary Basement Tapes from a music scholar - I found myself listening along to "A Tree With Roots" as I read the book - A VERY different book than "Old Weird America" - An excellent companion piece to Marcus' book

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