The Rolling Thunder Revue was a concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan with numerous musicians and previous collaborators. The purpose of the tour was to allow Dylan, who had now become a major recording artist and concert performer, to play in smaller auditoriums in less populated cities where he could be more intimate with his audiences. Some of the performers on the tour were Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Joni Mitchell, Ronee Blakely and Ramblin' Jack Elliott
included in the film Renaldo and Clara (1978 film) ~ released on 4 Songs From "Renaldo And Clara" . 1978 album) ^ released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 (2002 album) included in Rolling Thunder Revue (2019 film)
Launched in the fall of 1975, Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue flouted the touring conventions of the time by featuring an eclectic cast of characters and playing small and unusual venues with little advance notice.
A comprehensive anthology of music from the mythic first leg of Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking Rolling Thunder Revue, this 14CD box set includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded. Dylan debuted the new songs he’d written for his forthcoming Desire album (which became one of the most acclaimed and popular in his canon) with a fire and intensity that Dylan had reached ten years earlier with his incendiary tours with musicians who became The Band. He also took wild, interpretative rides through his back catalog and broke out some unexpected covers.
Maybe that’s why Dylan professes ignorance about the inspiration for his roving carnival in Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, a lengthily titled documentary that recently premiered on Netflix. In one of the new interviews for the film, the singer-songwriter claims, I’m trying to get to the core of what this Rolling Thunder thing is all about, and I don’t have a clue because it’s about nothing! It’s just something that happened 40 years -and that’s the truth of it. Other people remember a lot about Rolling Thunder, though.
Rolling Thunder was a working contradiction. Inspired by a reimmersion in the fluid, performing energies and still-active song-sharing of the Greenwich Village scene, Dylan folded peers and elders into a troupe charged with fresh blood. Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Bob Neuwirth and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott had spotlight roles while the band was an air force of guitarists – ex-Byrd Roger McGuinn, David Bowie alumnus Mick Ronson, a young T-Bone Burnett – with a decisive country-folk tang in Rivera’s fiddle and David Mansfield’s steel guitar. And Dylan is the unquestioned star, the magnetic, assured center of the sprawl. At one point, in their duets, Baez wore the same makeup as Dylan, an impish blurring of identity as they revisited their mid-Sixties bond as vocal and romantic partners