Bobfest – 69 Dylan Songs

It’s just twelve days until Bob celebrates his 69th birthday, but the Coowonga Folk Club in Rockhampton (Central QLD, Australia for those who may not have heard of it) is starting the party early with a concert this Saturday night, featuring 69 of their favourite Dylan songs. 69 songs in one concert… I know, I gasped when I read it, but Bob is an artist that inspires such devotion (or fanatacism or whatever else you care to call the love of Bob). Two members of the group were recently interviewed on 612 ABC Radio to talk a bit about the event, their favourite Dylan songs and to play a version of Just Like A Woman from Dylan’s 1966 classic album, Blonde on Blonde.

But if like me, you are not able to make it along to Bobfest, never fear… you can have Bobfest in your own home. And what better way to do that than to get a taste of what Bob’s recent shows have been like and the good folk at webinfront have made that all possible. You can download two of Bob’s 2009 shows in their entirety and the setlists are crackers… drawing heavily from his recent albums:

Together Through Life

Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Jolene
My Wife’s Hometown

Modern Times

Nettie Moore
Thunder on the Mountain
Rollin’ and Tumblin’

Love and Theft

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
High Water (for Charley Patton)
Po’ Boy

As well as playing a good selection from his back catalog:

Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat
Highway 61 Revisted
All Along the Watchtower
I Don’t Believe You (She acts like we never met)
Tangled Up In Blue
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

So, here’s the links to your very own Bobfest:

Bob Dylan live at the Hollywood Palladium 13.10.09; and
Bob Dylan live at the Roundhouse, London 26.4.09

And while you are at it, why not send me your favourite Dylan songs… we can make our own list of 69 songs in celebration of his upcoming birthday!

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9 responses to “Bobfest – 69 Dylan Songs

  1. hey Graham
    thanks for the links
    i like bob, i cannot say i know him well enough
    as along those years i have ever failed to really put my legs in his roaring river
    i will stay tune to see what your readers bring..

    • gnunn

      it sure is a raging river… I have taken so much from Bob over the years. He is an artist I cannot imagine being without.

  2. Mark William Jackson

    Love ‘Ballad of a Thin Man’, the idea of some bony freak fraternising with literary types appeals to me for some reason.
    Another fave is ‘One More Cup of Coffee’, it has a nice Arabic scale feel to it.
    Apart from these two there are approximately 458 other songs that I would rate as favourites.

  3. jolly badger

    a southern gentleman if ever i saw one!

  4. “Visions Of Johanna”

  5. I love everything on that set list (Tangled up in Blue might be at the top of my list), but one great song you don’t hear often is “Series of Dreams”. Other favourites are “Things Have Changed”, “Lay Lady Lay” and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” Add “One More Cup of Coffee” (all of Desire is great), and “Subterranian Homesick Blues”. better stop here or I’ll have to list out his entire catalogue.

  6. People do get a bit obsessed with Bob – he’s like a cult leader. Where to start with favourites there are so many: Only a Pawn in their game, Lay Down your weary tune, Highway 61 Revisited, One more cup of coffee, subterranean Homesick Blues, Black Diamond Bay, Romance in Durango, Tombstone blues, Series of Dreams etc, etc,

  7. salivating swan

    It’s great you’ve taken a lot from Dylan, Gee, but maybe adopting his dress sense is not something you need to do!!

  8. can’t resist more praise of the man…

    a few (off the top of my head):
    “you’re gonna make me lonesome when you go”
    “brownsville girl”
    “in the summertime”
    “tell ol’ bill”
    “lonesome day blues”

    better stop there! onya, as always, senor (tales of brisbane power)…

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