Exchanging All Kinds of Precious Gifts and Things

I enjoyed a lazy Sunday yesterday, watching the first part of Scorsese’s No Direction Home. As with his memoir Chronicles, it’s great to experience Dylan in his own words, talking about the artists who influenced him and his journey from reinterpreting traditional folk numbers to writing his own lyrics.

Dylan at the beginning of the sixties comes across as a musical sponge, describing his ability to learn a song after hearing it just a couple of times. Just as his early sound is indebted to the past, it goes without saying that he continues to influence modern musicians. The best part of Todd Haynes’ fictionalised biopic I’m Not There was definitely the vast array of artists who contributed their own take on his music, from Eddie Vedder to Iron & Wine and Stephen Malkmus.

There are countless Dylan covers out there as No Direction Home makes clear at one point. I’m Not There includes some great ones, but here are some of my favourites not available on that set.

Richmond Fontaine – From a Buick 6
From the Uncut compilation Highway 61 Revisited Revisited.

Willard Grant Conspiracy – Ballad of a Thin Man
From the Uncut compilation Highway 61 Revisited Revisited.

M. Ward, Jim James & Conor Oberst – Girl From the North Country
From the Mojo compilation Dylan Covered.

Andrew Bird & Nora O’Connor – Oh Sister
From the Mojo compilation Dylan Covered.

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