Martin Scorsese knows music. His movies have some of the best soundtracks in film, he pointed cameras at Elvis Presley, documented The Band’s final concert with the film The Last Waltz, done documentaries on The Rolling Stones and even co-produced the short-lived HBO record industry series Vinyl. His new Netflix documentary Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, will shed light on a legendary tour.
“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year,” Netflix said in a statement. “Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, Rolling Thunder is a one of a kind experience, from master filmmaker Martin Scorsese.”
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story Release Date
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese will be released in select theaters and on Netflix on June 12, 2019.
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story Poster
Netflix released the first poster for the film, which can be seen here:
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Box Set
All of the performances in the film will be available in the upcoming 14-CD, 148-track collection box set Bob Dylan – Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings. The comprehensive anthology of music from the tour includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded. It offers an intimate insider’s seat for recently unearthed tour rehearsals at New York’s S.I.R. studios. Bob Dylan – Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings will be released June 7 as a companion piece to the film.
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story Backstory
This isn’t the first time Scorsese took on the wandering footheels of Bob Dylan. Scorsese directed the 2005 documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, which focused the mid 1960s period when the folk singer first plugged in. The upcoming film will document Bob Dylan’s 1975-1976 concert tour which saw the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan travers the country with a traveling caravan of musicians, including Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Ronee Blakley, Allen Ginsberg and Sam Shepard, who published a book about the tour in 1977. Over the course of the tour Dylan was also joined by Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr, Bette Midler, Kinky Friedman, and Dennis Hopper.
The backing musicians included David Bowie’s guitarist Mick Ronson, T-Bone Burnett on electric guitar, and piano, Steven Soles on acoustic and electric guitars, bassist Rob Stoner, drummer/pianist Howie Wyeth, violinist Scarlet Rivera and David Mansfield on dobro, mandolin, violin and pedal steel guitar.
The Rolling Thunder pre-tour kicked off at Mike Porco’s 61st birthday party at Gerde’s Folk City On October 23, 1975, where Dylan took over the club with Baez, Elliott, Eric Andersen, Patti Smith, Arlen Roth, Bette Midler, Buzzy Linhart, and Phil Ochs. The show was filmed and included in the movie Renaldo and Clara, which hit theaters for a short time in 1978 but has never been released on home video. Dylan’s May 23rd Rolling Thunder show in Colorado was filmed for the September 1976 NBC television special Hard Rain, which also spawned a Hard Rain live album.
Scorsese is also directing his next gangster epic The Irishman for Netflix. There are also rumors Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino is planning to adapt Dylan’s classic album Blood On the Tracks into a feature film, according to an October report in Indiewire.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.