If Versatile are hot new kids on the Irish block, Bob Dylan aka Robert Allen Zimmerman, is at the other end of the musical spectrum. Arguably the greatest songwriter in the history of contemporary music, he first emerged as a force to be reckoned with at the start of the 1960s. With a series of ground-breaking albums and monumental songs to his credit since, he has long ago achieved legendary status and was selected to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature – the first songwriter ever to be chosen for the award – in 2016. What is arguably his greatest album and crowning achievement, Blood on the Tracks (1974), has now been given the complete, lavish Box Set treatment in the astonishing form of More Blood, More Tracks.
In a world exclusive, Hot Press has gained access to some previously unseen notebooks, which gives precious insights into the extraordinary perfectionism of Dylan's work. This is an amazing, unmissable feature that’s packed with new insights for Dylan fans – and for anyone who is interested in the art and craft of great songwriting.
*IMPORTANT NOTE* This is not the cover, which will remain top secret until next week, when the Hot Press Annual will be published.