Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan to Guest on New Beastie Boys Album

by Brent Warnken

In a seemingly unlikely collaboration, living folk legend Bob Dylan is set to appear on the Beastie Boys' forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Pt.2 (no release date yet!), which will follow Hot Sauce Committee Pt.1, set to arrive September 15. The Beastie Boys told Drowned in Sound that Dylan praised the Brooklyn-bred rap trio on his radio program and was subsequently sampled on the upcoming record.

The Beastie Boys previously used part of Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" for "Finger Lickin' Good" off Crack Your Head, although his contribution will be a spoken word piece rather than music this time around. Dylan previously complimented Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock on an episode of his Theme Time Radio Hour show, and his praise will appear on the almost-finished record in some capacity.

In addition to being featured on the Beastie Boys forthcoming album, Dylan may soon be collaborating with one of his contemporaries: former Beatle Paul McCartney. The seasoned pair of musicians, both icons of the 1960s and '70s, first met in 1964 when the Beatles were in New York, and according to musical folklore, Bob Dylan first introduced the Fab Four to a certain illegal herb.

Although it was Dylan and another Beatle, George Harrison, who really hit it off (they penned "I'd Have You Anytime" together, played the Concert for Bangladesh and were both part of The Travelling Willburys), he has expressed his admiration for Sir Paul, and McCartney has also hinted that he would like to work with Dylan at some point in his career.

Bob Dylan has sure come a long way from his native Duluth, MN, where he was born Robert Allen Zimmerman. After lifting his now-famous moniker Bob Dylan from the poet Dylan Thomas, the fledgling musician picked up his guitar and harmonica and moved to New York City, where he soon became a folk darling in Greenwich Village.

John Hammond at A&R stumbled upon a positive review of Dylan's coffee shop act in the New York Times and signed him soon after. While his debut failed to generate any attention, his sophomore record spawned the iconic song "Blowin' in the Wind" in
1963 and he soon hit the road with protest singer (and romantic interest) Joan Baez. Although the couple parted ways in 1965, by this time Dylan was earning ample praise for his autobiographical ballads and protest songs alike.

When Bob Dylan branched off from his folk roots on his rock'n'roll-tinged 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, audiences did not respond warmly. In fact, he was booed off the stage during a performance at the Newport folk Festival. The album nonetheless yielded one of his most well-known songs, "Like a Rolling Stone," and Dylan continued to churn out albums and exhibit increasingly erratic behavior in interviews in the coming years. After experiencing a reclusive period in the 1970s, Dylan began performing live again in the '90s, and you can now get Bob Dylan tickets to see him live online.

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