Columbia Records & Legacy Recordings Set to Release Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition for First Time on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

2CD Edition Also Available Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Columbia Records and Legacy Recording, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1001297451) in three configurations (2CD, 2DVD, Blu-ray Disc) on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Bob Dylan "The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration - Deluxe Edition" to be released March 4.  (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

Bob Dylan “The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition” to be released March 4. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

On October 16, 1992, New York City’s hottest concert ticket was the live gathering of musical giants, legends and archetypes who’d come to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first Columbia Records album and play a selection of Dylan songs–from culturally iconic (John Mellencamp’s no-nonsense “Like A Rolling Stone”) to bootleg obscure (Lou Reed’s acerbic take on “Foot of Pride”)–that had moved and inspired them over the decades.

The four hour show, performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Richie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O’Jays, Eddie Vedder, Sinead O’Connor, Tracy Chapman, George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more.  Providing musical backing throughout the show was an ensemble dream team featuring three members of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, G.E. Smith on guitar with Jim Keltner and Anton Fig on drums.

Dubbed “Bobfest” on stage by a jubilant Neil Young, the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration reached a transcendent crescendo with an unforgettable performance and all-star jam featuring the evening’s honoree. Viewed anew from a 20-year perspective, Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition is a remarkable testament to the enduring legacy and ongoing musical influence of Bob Dylan. That valedictory gathering from more than 20 years ago proved to be a mid-career retrospective of a recording artist and performer who continues to inform and transform the cultural landscape.

The Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition is the first Dylan title to follow the historic November 5 release of Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One, a colossal library box housing the artist’s official Columbia Records album canon, from 1962’s Bob Dylan through 2012’s Tempest.

Struck from a new High Definition video master with remastered audio, The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition makes this historic all-star musical event available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading

U.S. Postal Service Unveils Limited-Edition 2014 Love Stamp and Hosts Crafting Workshop for Handmade Valentines

Love is in the air. The United States Postal Service today dedicated the Cut Paper Heart Forever Stamp, this year’s limited-edition Love stamp. Postal customers can beat the Valentine’s Day rush as the stamps go on sale today at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store on eBay atebay.com/stamps, and by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).

The U.S. Postal Service unveils the Limited-Edition Cut Paper Heart Forever(R) stamp.

The U.S. Postal Service unveils the Limited-Edition Cut Paper Heart Forever(R) stamp.

This year’s Love stamp is a reminder that the most heartfelt messages for Valentine’s Day are personalized and sent by mail, not text,” said Richard Uluski, area vice president, Northeast Area, who dedicated the stamp during a ceremony held at the Time Warner Center in New York City. Joining Uluski to dedicate the Cut Paper Heart Forever Stamp was actress Bella Thorne, who participated in a valentine crafting workshop.

“With this lovely paper heart, our stamps will once again help spread a message of love on millions of cards and letters mailed all across America. And, these Forever stamps will be valid for First-Class Mail postage forever, no matter what the price is when you put them on the envelope,” Uluski said. The Love stamp series was launched in 1973.

In addition to the stamp dedication ceremony, the Postal Service hosted a workshop to create handmade valentines. The Cut Paper Heart stamp takes its inspiration from the folk traditions of papercutting.

The digital illustration depicts a large white heart enclosing a smaller pink heart with a saw-toothed edge along its left-hand side. Surrounding the central hearts are pink swirls with smaller hearts embedded in the design, and a ragged-edge motif that echoes the edging on the small pink heart. The hearts and swirls are contained within a red square that has “pinked” edges, as if cut with pinking shears. A white border frames the entire design. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp, which features an illustration by Q. Cassetti.

Customers may view the limited-edition Cut Paper Heart Forever Stamp, as well as a preview of many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website USPSstamps.com. The conversation on the Cut Paper Heart Forever Stamp continues today and throughout the year on Twitter. Follow #lovestamp and tweet favorite love moments inspired by the love stamp. Continue reading