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BOB DYLAN'S LEGENDS

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Bob Dylan's songs are sometimes inspired by the lives of real people. This film looks at three; songwriter Woody Guthrie, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and comedian Lenny Bruce.

WOODY GUTHRIE
Dylan song: "Song to Woody."
This film offers a glimpse of the "Dust Bowl Troubadour," Woody Guthrie. His story is told through vintage performance footage and audio accompanied by Dust Bowl footage. He tells of his sad family life; his father lost the family fortune, his sister died from catching on fire, and his mother died in an insane asylum. Woody tells of his migration from Oklahoma to California and how the "Okies" were mistreated. Interviews include Peter Seeger and Ramblin' Jack Elliot.

RUBIN "HURRICANE" CARTER
Dylan song: "Hurricane."
The film is divided into six rounds, as if it were a boxing match. In 1967, Carter was a suspect in the killing of three people. One of the dying men said Carter was not the shooter. Later, based on the testimony of a criminal, Carter was sentenced to life in prison. Carter was an innocent man who fell victim to racism. His life story is reconstructed with the help of archival footage of his boxing matches, photographs of the victims, quotes from Carter, and Bob Dylan's song.

LENNY BRUCE
Dylan song: "Shot of Love."
Lenny Bruce arrived in London for the first time in 1962, so did Bob Dylan. Lenny performed at Peter Cook's club, "The Establishment. No one in the U.K. had ever experienced anything like it. Peter Cook recalls going out at 3:00 am looking for heroin for Lenny. The following year, on a return visit to perform, Lenny Bruce was denied entry into the U.K. at London Airport. Home Secretary, Henry Brooke said, "I'm not going to have that drug addict and his filthy language in this country." Take away the right to say f*ck and you take away the right to say f*ck the government. Features audio from Lenny's London club performances and a reading from Lenny's autobiography.

Plus this bonus selection...

DYLAN IN THE MADHOUSE
U.K. documentary. The search for lost, rare Bob Dylan performance film footage. To save money in the early days of videotaped television recording, videotapes were commonly erased after broadcast and then reused. Dylan made his television debut in the U.K. before his first album was released in the U.S.

In 1962 a U.K. television producer spotted Dylan performing in Greenwich Village and thought the singer would add something special to television play that was being developed. Bob Dylan's performance as a hobo guitarist in the January 1963 TV drama, "The Madhouse on Castle Street" features one of his most famous songs, "Blowin' in the Wind," months before it appeared on record, and three songs that were never recorded again.

Sound engineers have cleaned up the scratchy recordings made by TV viewers with primitive tape recorders, but Dylan's signature nasal delivery is instantly recognizable. Only fragments of these songs were previously thought to exist. The most notable is a haunting, morbid track called, "The Ballad of the Gliding Swan." The other songs are "The Cuckoo" and "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me."


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