Bob Dylan‘s latest compilation of more than 2-dozen bootleg tracks was released today on the Legacy label. The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home – The Soundtrack arrives a few weeks before the new documentary by Martin Scorsese that chronicles Dylan’s early days (the movie focuses on 1961-66) and his transformation from Woody Guthrie acolyte to pop god. The film version of No Direction Home airs on PBS stations across the U.S. as a two-part special installment on American Masters on Sept. 26 and 27 (check local listings for times). For those of you in the U.K., it will also air on BBC2’s Arena series on Sept. 26. It’s a reunion of sorts for Dylan and Scorsese, who directed The Last Waltz, a documentary of the final concert of The Band (who, of course, started out backing up Dylan).
On Sept. 20 (a week before it airs on tv – go figure), No Direction Home – The Documentary arrives in stores. And, on Sept. 13, Simon & Schuster publishes The Bob Dylan Scrapbook – 1956-1966, offering pictures, lyrics, interviews, memorabilia and a CD that will tie into the film as well.