What it is: is
191 versions of Knockin' on Heaven's Door (originally
written in 1973 by Bob Dylan for the film Pat Garrett
and Billy the Kid) performed by some170 different recording
What it's not: is trying
to be any kind of ultimate guide to Bob Dylan memorabilia.
That, we definitely leave to others. We've no desire
to compete with the sources on which we've been so dependent
in building this collection.
Why we did it: I
used to get totally pissed off with people who thought
that Guns 'n Roses wrote the song, but now I just get
pissed off with people who think that Avril Lavigne wrote
it. I decided to do something about it. This was it.
How we did it: well obviously
typing KOHD into a P2P program is going to turn up some
useful stuff but, leaving to one side a philosophical
debate about illegal downloading, there are many more
versions for sale and legally for free than you might
think. (iTunes , Amazon,
Music Archive, Soundclick
etc etc.) But the real headache was knowing what to
look for and then a real big thanks goes to the following
Songs , Dylancover.com,
and lastly Bjorner.com
without whom this really wouldn't have been at all possible
or even much fun!
Where it's headed: is
no place in particular except in the general direction
of having as many cover versions as there are sheep
- with sound samples, videos and an all singing / dancing
chorusline, - if it helps.
How it works: is
simplicity itself. You
can go to the versions page and click on a soundbite, check out what's
new, marvel at the growing number of video
files or click on a real information link for artwork
and source info. You can even investigate the timeline.
And that's about it. If you were expecting to order
teashirts or book your summer holiday, then you're gonna
What the future holds: is generally less than you anticipated
when you were 14 years old, and frequently more than
you wanted when you were 52. In any case it will hopefully
include lots more
cover versions of KOHD.
What else can you do: is upto you. You can give us your
comments on the tagboard. You can tell us it's wonderful
or crap or whatever. You can even send us your own version
or any useful links or new versions. firstname.lastname@example.org
a comment on the tagboard here
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