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As a songwriter and brakeman on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, in 1974 Kevin Odegard was invited to play guitar on Bob Dylan’s masterpiece “Blood on the Tracks” album on Columbia Records. His guitar opens “Tangled Up In Blue.”  He toured the Midwest with his KO Band and moved to Los Angeles, where he became executive director of the National Academy of Songwriters (NAS), protecting the rights and earnings of songwriters. He co-created and co-produced “A Salute To The American Songwriter” for VH-1 and Showtime networks. 2004 Kevin co-authored with Andy Gill “A Simple Twist Of Fate: Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood On The Tracks” (DaCapo Press/Perseus Books).

 

 

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Blood On The Tracks RADIO SHOW

Blood On The Tracks RADIO SHOW

Make a big pot of coffee; here’s two full hours of rare ‘Dylanology’ including once-in-a-lifetime interviews with Willard Peterson and Bill Berg, the brilliant rhythm section behind the Minneapolis sessions, complete with every song in gorgeous Columbia Records -360- Full Spectrum Stereo. CLICK TO ENJOY… Read More

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A Simple Twist of Fate

Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood on the Tracks In 1974

Bob Dylan wrote, recorded, reconsidered, and then re-recorded the best-selling studio album of his career. Blood on the Tracks was composed as Dylan’s twelve-year marriage began to unravel, and songs like “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Shelter from the Storm” have become templates for multidimensional adult songs of love and loss. Yet the story behind the creation of this album has never been fully told: even the credits on the present-day album sleeve are inaccurate. Dylan recorded the album twice-once in New York City and again in minneapolis, with a rag-tag gang of local musicians, quickly rewriting many of the songs in the process. For A Simple Twist of Fate, the authors have interviewed the musicians and producers, industry insiders, and others creating an engaging chronicle of how one musician channeled his pain and confusion into great art.

A Life In Music

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