Bob Dylan: 1975 to 1981 Rolling Thunder and the Gospel Years (DVD)
by Joel Gilbert
Bob Dylan's creative genius reached a crescendo as he hit the road with a ragtag band of folk troubadours in the 1975 "Rolling Thunder Revue." Appearing unannounced in small venues, the Revue culminated in “The Night of the Hurricane” benefit at Madison Square Garden for wrongly convicted boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. In his first interview in 30 years, “The Hurricane” tells all. Folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott, violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner and Ms. Jacques Levy reveal the inside story of the "Desire" album, Joey Gallo, the "Rolling Thunder Revue" and the maligned tour film, "Renaldo and Clara."
Following his reinvention as “The Entertainer” in 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the Arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church. Dylan made three gospel albums, winning a Grammy for “Gotta Serve Somebody.” However, his radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics as he preached evangelical messages from the book of Revelation. In his first-ever interview, Dylan's Bible class teacher, Pastor Bill Dwyer, describes Dylan's born-again transformation. Legendary "Slow Train Coming" producer Jerry Wexler, background singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, songwriter Al Kasha, San Francisco Chronicle rock reporter Joel Selvin, AJ Weberman and others tell the tale of Bob Dylan's Gospel Years. Director and producer Joel Gilbert weaves the story of this monumental period of Dylan's life and music through revealing insider portraits, exclusive photos, live concert video and TV footage from 1975 to 1981, with visits to Rundown Studios, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, the Vineyard Church and the Fox Warfield Theatre.
“This is a long piece, but it really captures the essence of Bob Dylan's journey as an artist through this period of his life. If you ever wondered what made the man tick, or write that bit of poetry, watching this documentary will answer all those questions.” - Charlene M. Hoyer, Woodland Hills, Calif.
“To all Dylan fans, I recommend you take this journey with Joel Gilbert, I bet you'll find yourself returning again, and again.” – John Oakley, Chicago, Ill.
“Simply a fantastic gift for the real and curious Bob Dylan Fan. What's a particular pleasure is the director's light touch on the cutting board. He let's his interviewees speak extensively and tell their stories.” – Lawrence Fishman, Waban, Mass.
- Actors: Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Scarlet Rivera, Jerry Wexler, Regina McCrary
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Studio: Mvd Visual
- ASIN: B000CNU7TE
- DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
- Run Time: 240 minutes