Bob Dylan: 1978 to 1989: Both Ends of the Rainbow (2008)

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Synopsis:
By the end of 1978 most music fans - whether dedicated worshippers, casual listeners or outright dissenters - knew that Bob Dylan was nothing if not unpredictable. But nobody could have guessed what was coming next. Dylan's adherence to Christian fundamentalism - and the three albums he released and shows he performed in its wake - assisted greatly in making the 1980s his most controversial decade. Loved by sonic, detested by others, Bob both lost and gained fans via this change of faith and the single-minded beliefs he now appeared to hold.
But by 1984 his views had softened somewhat and during the rest of the decade he largely released albums and performed gigs of mixed quality, but generally featuring standout tracks - many now revered as Dylan classics. But despite it all, this period of Dylan's life and career is one of the most fascinating and misunderstood. This film reviews the years from late 1978 to the release of 1989's Oh Mercy -an album that was seen by many as a huge return to form. With the aid of rare Dylan footage, live and studio versions of the most pivotal songs, exclusive interviews with his closest allies from the lime, contributions from Dylan experts, biographers and other commentators and many other features, this film provides the most detailed document ever made of the 1980s according to Bob Dylan.

Featured Interviewees Include:
Shot of Love producer Chuck Plotkin; the same album's first engineer Toby Scott; chief engineer on Infidels and Empire Burlesque, Josh Abbey; Daniel Lanois' assistant producer for Oh Mercy, Malcolm Burn; first engineer on Oh Mercy, Mark Howard; music collaborator and lead guitarist on Empire Burlesque, Ted Perlman; legendary Jamaican rhythm partners who featured on Infidels, Sly and Robbie; guitarist and bandleader for Empire Burlesque and Knocked Out Loaded, Ira Ingber.

Further Contributions From:
Scott Marshall, author of Restless Pilgrim: Vie Spiritual Journey of Bob Dylan; Clinton Heylin, author of Behind the Shades Take Two - often cited as the best Dylan biography of all; Robert Christgau, Village Voice music editor and Rolling Stone journalist; Anthony DeCurtis, former editor of Rolling Stone; Nigel Wiliamson, author The Rough Guide To Bob Dylan; Johnny Rogan, esteemed British music writer, co-author of the Odyssey Guide to Bob Dylan; Derek Barker, editor of the world's foremost Dylan journal, ISIS and many others...
Actors:
Josh Abbey, ,
Studio:
Chrome Dreams
Genres:
Documentary, Music & Musicals
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
127 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Dylan Gospel Interviews - Bob Dylan in conversation during his most fervent phase of Christianity - with commentary by Derek Barker
  • Full Contributor Biographies
  • Beyond DVD section

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