Thursday, March 19, 2009

DVD of the Day - "Down The Tracks: Bob Dylan & Led Zeppelin"

DVD of the Day
"Down The Tracks: Bob Dylan & Led Zeppelin" (Eagle Rock/ST2) 2008

This 2-DVD fascinating set tells the story of the music and artists that have influenced Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin throughout their career. Dylan has often covered tracks from vintage blues, folk and country performers or incorporated elements from them into his own material. 'Down The Tracks' explores the lives and work of many of these artists and how Dylan interacted with them through archive performance and interview footage alongside new interviews and documentary material. Featuring the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, Blind Willie McTell, Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davie, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Martin Carthy, Hank Williams and many more.

Before Bob Dylan changed popular music with his own remarkable work, he absorbed the songs of the amazing artists who came before him, from Woody Guthrie to Blind Lemon Jefferson. With on-camera interviews and rare archival performance footage, "Down The Tracks" pays homage to the folk and country music that influenced Dylan's legendary songwriting.

The Led Zeppelin program talks about the artists that have influence the legendary British rock pioneers, focusing on their musical roots. This documentary continues to examine how the group created their mighty stadium rock sound that helped define the musical backdrop of the 70s, while influencing virtually every heavy metal rock and that came after them. Included are clips from songs performed by Son House, Howlin' Wolf, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, Davey Graham, and more. There are interviews with Joe Boyd, Larry Cohn, John Renbourn, Chas McDevitt, Davey Graham and many others.

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