Live in Dublin

Leonard Cohen: Live in Dublin

Leonard Cohen has previously released five live albums and three concert DVDs, and much of that material preserves performances from the past few years, so do we really need this new video? I’d say yes. For one thing, this is the only high-definition recording of a recent show. Live in London, from 2009, while expansive,…

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Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection, Vol. 1: 1973–1984

Few rock acts—perhaps only Bob Dylan and the Beatles—traveled as far and as fast as Bruce Springsteen from a debut record to album number seven. Consider this dazzling body of work: Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey (1973). While clearly the product of a fledgling performer, this album introduces some memorable songs (“Blinded by the…

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Japanese Documentary to Focus on “Born to Run”

Bruce Springsteen has long had a fan base in Japan, where Space Shower Books published a Japanese-language edition of my Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches and Encounters. Now, the Japanese TV show Song to Soul—which has aired weekly since 2007 and has an audience of eight million—is turning a spotlight on Bruce. The music documentary…

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Jesse Winchester’s A Reasonable Amount of Trouble

You don’t have to venture far into this heartfelt, memorable album to be reminded of how much we lost with the passing of Jesse Winchester last April. Starting with his eponymous debut LP in 1970, which contained such classics as “Yankee Lady” and “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz,” he gave us a string of essential…