Like a Rolling Stone, kinda.

February 16, 2009

Today was a holiday for Willi and I. Not wanting to waste a day off, we headed over to Borders, which turned out to be a bit of a disappointment since their music department is all but gone. Low stock is probably a sign of the times. None the less, that’s where we chose to be “not at home and boring” on a holiday.

I moved from music to newsprint and wow, look what happened to Rolling Stone. Granted, several years have passed since I let my subscription run out, but some time or other Rolling Stone shrunk into a full fledged magazine. Slick cover and all.

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I’m not sure how I feel about that. I can’t remember the first time I held a Rolling Stone in my hands, but the feel of the newsprint and oversized pages are now a comfort thing. I have all of my old issues stacked on shelves in the family room. Every once in awhile I page through them. They’re like old friends.

I can’t speak to the content yet although the article on Rod Blagojevich caught my attention. It was a good day when the mailman dropped my monthly offering in the box. I would comb through every page soaking up the music news. At one point our tastes in music went in different directions. That was about 20 years ago.

Results of the 2008 Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll has Bob Dylan’s Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8 as #7 on the Best Album list.

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That’s a pretty good sign. Willi and I finally saw Dylan in November. Willi is a huge fan. It was a good night. I am a mediocre fan. There have been some things I have really liked, and at the concert those were the things I recognized. Most of the other songs sounded like a blur. In fact Sam Kinison had a great shtick about Dylan that kind of summed it up for me. That’s why this cd was such a surprise. I can’t get enough of it, in particular the first disc. If the readers figured this as #7, maybe there’s some more in there for me.

The jury is still out for the time being, but it would be something to come full circle. Here’s some vintage Dylan to bring it home.



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6 Responses to “Like a Rolling Stone, kinda.”

  1. daddyd Says:

    Bruce has such big energy. I have always like his music … since “Born in the USA”. (1984) That was the summer I had in Madison, WI at Bucky’s University.

  2. WT Says:

    Wow, I was just surfing my bookmarks and found this post from you, imagine my surprise! I’m not sure how I feel about the smaller glitzier Rolling Stone either, but it’s still one of the better online mags.

  3. Molly Says:

    I like some of Bob Dylan’s stuff better than others, but I really like the current Dylan/Will.I.Am Pepsi ad.

  4. Cazzie Says:

    Love the new look…and I love Borders!!!

  5. dilling Says:

    aaah, it has had slick covers for long time now…
    I am still grieving No Depression, although they do have their online magazine going, it’s just not the same.


  6. I like the new Rolling Stone look, but I’m not a Dylan fan. Love, love, love the poetry of his lyrics. Cannot stand his diction. I know….I sound like a vocal teacher! I can’t help it; he mumbles his words. Dylan has contributed so much to the art though, I have to respect him whether I enjoy listening to him or not.


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