In the history of rock and roll there are few names more important than that of Bob Dylan. Dylan shaped the landscape of music in the 1960s, becoming a generation's poet. Whether it was Dylan himself or someone else performing his songs, his songs and lyrics were everywhere. In 1975, Dylan released what many consider his best artistic contribution, "Blood on the Tracks." It contained tracks like "Tangled Up In Blue" and "Shelter from the Storm."
Now almost forty years later, a Brazilian production company has acquired the rights to turn his most introspective album into a film. That's right, Bob Dylan's going Hollywood...again. The interesting part about the decision to turn this particular album into a film is that there's no implied story-arc within the contexts of the music itself; it's not a "concept" album. There aren't any details as to what a possible story line could be, but depending on who they tap to write and direct, the film could be a musical, or just have the album's music in it.
In the past, Hollywood was looked to rock and roll to inspire films, and here are some of the more notable examples.
"Pink Floyd The Wall" - If ever there was a band whose work could be made into artsy films, it's Pink Floyd. In 1982, they lent their 1979 double-album of the same name to director Alan Parker. Roger Waters, the band's seminal songwriter, wrote the script which told the tale of a rock star's mental and emotional collapse as he drives himself away from his friends and family.
"Tommy" - The Who's Pete Townshend has a knack for writing opus-like compositions that seems perfect for a big production number, if not a full-on rock opera. In fact, that's precisely what "Tommy" the album was. The story of a sightless, deaf boy who couldn't speak but played pinball better than anyone else was the backbone of the story that Townshend wrote for the film. Though not exactly an Oscar-worthy picture, the imagery combined with the brilliant music of The Who make this a must-see.
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" - About ten years after The Beatles released their groundbreaking album of the same name, a film was made. That's about as nicely as one can write about the movie though. None of the Fab Four are in it, and it plays like a bad psychedelic experiment more than an actual film that was conceived and produced with a point in mind. Peter Frampton is the star, and there's a head-scratching number featuring George Burns, so there is at least a morbid curiosity factor that could make watching this film possible.
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