The long-awaited documentary “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese” came out on Netflix on June 12th, making it the second documentary the Italian-American director has made about the Minnesota singer-songwriter after 2005’s brilliant “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan”.

The film which Scorsese has been working on for about ten years now, tells the story of the famous Dylan tour (the “Rolling Thunder Revue” of the title) which ran in the States between 1975 and 1976 for a total of 57 dates. A rock show like no other.

Duncan Whitfield, Custom Propaganda, Southampton, UK
Duncan Whitfield, Custom Propaganda, Southampton, UK

Concurrent with its release on Netflix, the documentary has be screened in a number of awards-qualifying movie theatres in New York and Los Angeles so that it will be in with a chance for the Oscars in 2020.

Scorsese, in close collaboration with Jeff Rosen (Dylan’s longtime manager) met up with some of the artists who were part of that frenetic wandering caravan such as Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, T-Bone Burnett, Scarlet Rivera, Mick Ronson and the beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Holly Ellis, Idle Hands Tattoo, San Francisco, USA
Holly Ellis, Idle Hands Tattoo, San Francisco, USA

The press release from Netflix talks about a work which “captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year”, adding that what we are dealing with here is “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream ”.

A few days ago, on June 7th, an enormous box set came out with 14 Cds and 148 tracks from the exhilerating ride that was the “Rolling Thunder Revue”.

Khan, Khan Tattoo, Brisbane, Australia
Khan, Khan Tattoo, Brisbane, Australia

The box set contains “five full concerts” professionally recorded during performances in November and December 1975 including the ones in Massachusetts and Quebec.

And in addition to all this, there are also the recordings of the rehearsals for the tour captured at S.I.R. Studios in New York and the stage performance at the Seacrest Motel in Massachusetts, both recorded in that incredible October 1975.

But to the joy of all dedicated Dylan collectors, the fourteenth CD contains unpublished material and performances. A must-have, no matter what way you look at it.