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Bob Dylan – 1975–1981: Rolling Thunder & The Gospel Years
Bob Dylan’s creative genius reached a crescendo as he hit the road with a rag-tag 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.
Following his reinvention as “The Entertainer” in 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the Arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church and 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.
In this incredible film Pastor Bill Dwyer describes Dylan’s born again transformation, whilst Slow Train Coming producer Jerry Wexler, background singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, songwriter Al Kasha and others tell the tale of Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years.
Director and Producer Joel Gilbert (Bob Dylan 1966 World Tour – The Home Movies, Bob Dylan World Tours 1966 – 1974) weaves the story of this monumental period of Dylan’s life and music through revealing insider portraits, exclusive photos, live concert video clips and TV footage from 1975-1981 and with visits to Rundown Studios, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, the Vineyard Church and the Fox Warfield Theatre.
Music by Scarlet Rivera, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Regina McCrary, Bruce Langhorne, Rob Stoner, Joel Gilbert & Highway 61 Revisited.
Journey to Hibbing · Ramblin’ Jack’s Early Days · Photo Gallery 1975-1981