It’s not hard to guess what Bob Dylan will fans will be putting on their Christmas lists this year — either the new hardcover book, The Lyrics: Since 1962, the 14-pound, 960-page book containing all the lyrics Dylan wrote, recorded, and performed throughout the years. Or the definitive edition of The Basement Tapes, the new collection featuring 6‑discs and 138 tracks.
Above, actor Jeff Bridges (you know him as “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski) narrates the story behind The Basement Tapes, tracing Dylan’s journey from Greenwich Village to the basement of “Big Pink,” the unassuming home in West Saugerties, New York where Dylan and The Band recorded those famous tapes. We don’t need to rehearse the story. Bridges does a fine job of doing that. Below, you can watch him show off some of his musical talents, playing a cover of a Dylan song, “Ring Them Bells,” at the El Rey Theatre in LA in April 2013. He’s obviously a fan.