Renaldo and Clara
This extensive discussion of the film 'Renaldo and Clara' was originally posted to rec.music.dylan by Marc Stein in late 1993. Perhaps it more properly belongs in a Bob Dylan Web Site, but there is enough OBC (Official Beat Content) to justify its inclusion here in Literary Kicks.
Renaldo and Clara
staged as follows:summary are synopsis
"Renaldo and Clara", written and directed by Bob Dylan is known to be obscure (devastating bald reviews).
Bob Dylan's troubled relationship with women: wife, Sara, and ex-lover, Joan Baez is the film's loveless triangle, its mirror life. Blatantly deceptive [jokerman] and obfuscating; layering meaninglessness into unified, connected, whole, multiple sub-themes, derelictions and Dylan's sideline headiness.
Dylan's experiment's first-half, 1975 tour, Rolling Thunder Revue's live concert footage, between "Desire" and "Street-Legal," had never been seen before Renaldo and Clara's release [much of its still not been seen simply because no one's seen the film]. It's filled with live cuts, unreleased re-recordings; and no studio recordings .
I am presenting the first seven sections [out of 44, i think]; however, they are numbered to coincide with Mr. Stein's diligent dissection and useful annotation, entirely authored by him and accompanying YT KAFKA's appropriate clip:Marc Stein and Kafka [the first, wrote the synopsis , which i changed until satisfactory; the second, no less laboriously, uploaded all 44 videos, included them on a play list, and painstakingly annotated each one before posting to YT, where they surprisingly remain after a year.]
| drums | | perc. |
____________ ____________ ____________ ____________
| Ronson | | Burnette | | Stoner | | Mansfield|
| l. guitar| | guitar | | bass | | misc. |
|__________| |__________| |__________| |__________|
| guitar | | violin | | v., harm.| | guitar | | guitar |
|__________| |__________| |__________| |__________| |__________|
Steven Soles -- rhythm guitar Plays Ronee Blakely's abusive boyfriend
Scarlet Rivera -- electric violin featured on the "Desire" album.
Bob Neuwirth -- rhythm guitar "The Masked Tortilla" reads some poetry in scenes
Roger McGuinn -- twelve-string guitarFormerly of the Byrds
Mick Ronson -- lead guitarPlays a backstage bouncer in one scene.
David Mansfield -- electric violin and pedal steel Plays an angel in his underwear in the bordello scenes.
T-Bone Burnette -- backup guitar, keyboards
Howie Wyeth -- Drums
Luther Rix -- Percussion
Bob Dylan- Renaldo and Clara (Helena Kallianiotes)
5, 6, 7
10 + 11 +12