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Bob Dylan: The Unauthorized Documentaries

(MVD Visual)

The producer/director of these three rough studies – 1966 World Tour: The Home Movies, World Tours 1966-1974: Through the Camera of Barry Feinstein, and 1975-1981: Rolling Thunder and the Gospel Years, itself "totally" unauthorized – is a Bob Dylan impersonator. Joel Gilbert, frontman for L.A. tribute band Highway 61 Revisited, shouldn't quit his day job (whatever it might be), but he should be thanked by Bobsessives for getting drummer Mickey Jones to share his memories and home reels from Hawaii, Australia, and Europe as he filled in for Levon Helm in '66; for convincing foundational rock photographer Feinstein to grant a frank interview and then access to his proof books of breathtaking black-and-whites; and for enlisting the likes of Ruben "Hurricane" Carter, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Scarlet Rivera, Rob Stoner, and Regina McCrary to tell stories we haven't heard anywhere else. Oh, yeah, and for getting A.J. Weberman to apologize. This stuff isn't Scorsese; it's what Dylanologists – Weberman at worst but also those slightly less lunatic – wanted to see instead. **.5

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