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

LOU REED and MICK ROCK Releases new Limited Edition book, TRANSFORMER

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Genesis Publications (www.genesis-publications.com), Fine Limited Editions since 1974, is proud to announce TRANSFORMER, the signed, limited-edition book by Lou Reed and photographer Mick Rock. Forty years ago, Transformer launched Lou Reed from the underground, way up to Mars, with a little help from David Bowie. Mick Rock was there to capture Reed’s flight on film, beginning with the iconic album cover and continuing through the wild side of the Seventies

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Today, Lou Reed, rock icon, artist and poet, is collaborating with legendary photographer Mick Rock once more, with a limited edition book and record set of TRANSFORMER.  Charting the transformations of Lou Reed from 1972 to 1980, TRANSFORMER presents never-before-seen imagery of Lou Reed by photographer Mick Rock. Their new book captures Lou in the studio, performing onstage, in his hotel room, and with friends including David Bowie, Nico, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop and Andy Warhol.

Lou and Mick discuss the photographs and their friendship in a completely original, no-holds-barred dialogue. Lou Reed tells the truth behind the sartorial gestures, innovative stage set-ups, subversive acts and legendary albums that made him one of the most intriguing artists in modern music.

Their collaboration will be showcased in a 11.5″ x 15.5″ large format volume, traditionally craftsman-bound by hand. Lou and Mick’s Transformer image is recreated on the cover, with a variety of foil detailing and gilt page edging. The book is presented in a slipcase and will include an exclusive 7” picture disc of the Lou Reed classics ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ and ‘Coney Island Baby’.

MICK ROCK: ‘I’m happy our relationship has weathered the outrageous antics of the past 40 years, enabling us to come together to produce such a beautiful tome.’

LOU REED: ‘I like Mick and I like what he photographs, so shooting with him was never a problem. All these moments would be gone forever if it wasn’t for him.’

Lou’s originality and creativity has inspired one of the most visually exciting volumes that Genesis has ever made. Each of the 2,000 numbered copies in the limited edition has been signed by both Mick Rock and Lou Reed. Available now via www.transformerbook.com

Designer John Varvatos was honored to celebrate the U.S. launch at his famed 315 Bowery boutique in New York City, formerly the seminal underground music club CBGB’s, on October 3, 2013, and adds, “Lou and Mick’s new book takes us on an amazing journey that has had a significant and lasting impact on music and fashion for over 40 years.  True pioneers and re-inventors, I am excited to host them for their launch of this incredible, sexy, delicious, outrageous, inspiring, rebellious book from our friends at Genesis Publications.”

In the late 19th century, under the influence of William Morris, the private press flourished in Britain, creating books that were works of art in themselves. Similarly inspired, Genesis Publications was founded as an independent publishing house true to the arts of printing and craftsmanship. In an interview with The New York Times, Genesis’ late founder Brian Roylance commented, “I don’t know of many people who go to this much trouble to produce a book anymore. But I think there is a future for it.” Inspired by this idea, Genesis is proud to create some of the most sought after books in the world.

Authors and contributors who have participated in Genesis limited editions include Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, Yoko Ono, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Sir George Martin, Sir Peter Blake, Sir Roger Moore, Michael Palin, Ravi Shankar, as well as sporting icons including Sir Brian Lochore, Michael Owen and Sir Jackie Stewart.

Genesis also despatches books to collectors in over 50 countries. Around 100 signed limited editions have been created with renowned authors, as varied as they are many. Their editions feature in the collections of the world’s finest libraries, including New York Public Library’s Rare and Fine Printed Book Department. Visit www.genesis-publications.com