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Another Self Portrait: The Bootleg Series Vol. #10

I have to admit, I have always struggled with Dylan’s 1970 album, Self Portrait, but from what I have read (and heard) of the just released box set, Another Self Portrait: The Bootleg Series Vol. #10, I am excited to uncover some of the lost music from what was a strange period in Dylan’s career. And as always, there is a release to suit every fan, including a 3 x vinyl set and a 4CD box set featuring the first official release of Bob Dylan and The Band live at the Isle of Wight. This series has never failed to deliver, so I can’t wait to spend some quality time with the 30+ rarities that have been rescued from the vaults.

Here’s a glimpse of what has been uncovered …

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Bob blows the Duquesne Whistle

The release of Tempest, Bob Dylan’s 35th album is edging ever closer. So far Bob has released Early Roman Kings on a trailer for American TV show, Strike Back but now, the first official clip (and one would expect the only) from Tempest is available over at The Guardian.

Like the clip for Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ from Together Through Life, it’s a violent affair; the will of the heart pit against mace, the police force and a vengeful man. All the while Bob roams the street leading a band of misfits, including a Gene Simmons look-a-like. It’s whacky stuff!

And then there’s the song… the band is firing; their jazzy swagger allowing Bob’s worn voice to sound off ‘like the sky’s gonna blow apart’.  Roll on September 11… it’s the day the budget will be delivered in QLD, but in this house all that matters is that there is budget for Tempest to come on home.

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Bob Dylan: Early Roman Kings

At 71, Bob Dylan is still throwing curve balls like no other… this time premiering the track Early Roman Kings (from the forthcoming album, Tempest) as the soundtrack to the trailer for Season 2 of Strike Back. And by the sound of things, Bob and band have got their blues groove well and truly on!

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Bob Dylan’s Tempest

As I am sure you all know, Bob Dylan is set to release his 35th studio album, Tempest on September 11. This album will mark 50 years since the release of his debut with Columbia Records and Bob is no stranger to the September release, dropping Love and Theft on that fateful day back in 2001. While the tabloids search for a ‘new Bob’, we will never see another artist like him. I have recently been reading Time Magazine’s tribute to Bob in this 50th anniversary year and I wholeheartedly concur that a world without the man, seems completely unfathomable. With Dylan in the world, there is light…

Here’s a teaser for the new album that Amazon have posted on Youtube. Though, I strongly urge you not to buy it from there… head down to your local, or if you need to buy online, but it from the official site!

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Two Bob Dylan Gems

Big thanks to Gabrielle Bryden for sending me through a link to this first gem… links to audio of the much sought after 1969 bootleg of the Dylan / Cash Sessions. Dylan was immediately turned on to Cash’s work in 1955 when I Walk the Line stormed the airwaves. Cash was equally impressed with Dylan when he burst on to the scene in 1962, stating in his autobiography that he listened to The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan almost constantly when it was released. You can listen to 11 tracks from the session here. And if that’s not enough to satiate you, here’s footage of Bob and Johnny performing One Too Many Mornings.

The other gem I discovered is footage of Andy Warhol’s 1965 Bob Dylan Screen Test. Dylan looks hilariously unimpressed and apparently after the filming resisted strong come ons from Warhol to star in a feature film, taking the painting Double Elvis as payment and rushing out the door. For all you Bob fans, the version of Like A Rolling Stone that plays in the background is enough to click play on this one.

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Negativity don’t pull you through…

Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Bob Dylan

So true Bob, negativity is a heavy load. A dead weight.

This morning as I wake to experience the beginning of my 41st orbit of the sun, wife and son smiling, I feel totally free of any negativity… this Lost Shark is indeed blessed.

And as I share my birthday with Bob, I couldn’t help but share this gem… A clip from Eat the Document, featuring Bob and band laying Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.

Now if that didn’t put a smile on your face and shed the weight, I hope this will.

birthday morning rust on the watering can

*****

See you all next week when I return from Blackall,

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The longer you live, the better you get

So said Bob Dylan at the tender age of 27 and indeed, he just keeps getting better! Here’s a link to the Smithsonian’s top 10 Dylan Moments. I am sure many of you out there have your own and I would love to hear about them. My number one is definitely seeing Bob backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers aged 15 at Lang Park. That night is forever in my heart and mind.

I also just had to share another of the BBC tributes… this time a show dedicated to the eternally magnificent, Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. For me, the album has taken on even greater significance with the death of Suze Rotolo earlier this year. On the show, the best of the British Folk Scene reinterpret the album. here’s the playlist:

Blowin’ in the Wind by Seth Lakeman; Girl from the North Country by Thea Gilmore; Masters of War by Martin Simpson; Down the Highway by While and Matthews; Bob Dylan’s Blues by Ewan McLennan; A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Karine Polwart; Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Ralph McTell; Bob Dylan’s Dream by Martin Carthy; Oxford Town by Coope, Boyes and Simpson; Talkin’ World War III Blues by Billy Bragg; Corrina, Corrina by Cara Dillon with The Scoville Units; Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance by Rory Mcleod; and I Shall Be Free by Rab Noakes with Fraser Speirs.

 So Bob, I hope you are celebrating your 70th in style.

The first day of my forties has been wonderful… my lovely wife presented me with the limited edition box set of Okkervil River’s new album, I Am Very Far this morning and it is just magnificent.

It comes in a wooden box and features a print, hard cover lyrics book, 7″ single of two demos, a letter from Will Sheff, the album on deluxe vinyl and CD. I am going to savour this one…

I also managed to set off the fire alarms at my school today and have the whole place evacuated while cooking potato rosti’s. We discovered the fire alarm in is super sensitive!

And tonight we are off to have a Thai feast at our local restaurant.

Yep, feeling really blessed.

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Bob Dylan at 70

I am just back from jamming with Sheish Money in readiness for my 40th Birthday Bash at Confit Bistro next Wednesday night. The riffs and words were flowing and so was the conversation. I won’t give away what we will be performing, but it was a blast tearing into the words of some of my favourite singer/songwriters. The one thing I can tell you (and I guess it’s no surprise) is, we jammed some Dylan tonight.

There’s always plenty of ‘Bob talk’ when Sheish and I are together and tonight was no different. I was raving about Bob’s Theme Time Radio Hour Show on ‘Friends & Neighbours’ and how he drops in quotes by Nietszche and Wilde (‘Good friends will stab you in the front’), plays Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Little Walter, Hank Williams as Luke the Drifter and wants us all to be his friends. And speaking of friends, just this morning, my good friend Ben in the UK sent me through a link to the BBC’s in depth look at Dylan t 70.

And well, I just have to share this with you… for any Dylan fan, these shows are going to thrill you and for those who ain’t, well, they may just turn you on!

Episode 1 is presented by Kristofferson and features interviews with Dylan’s contemporaries Tom Paxton, Jim Kweskin and Dave Van Ronck, who remember his earliest songs and performances; John Hammond, the man who signed Bob to Columbia Records and Joan Baez, who gives a rare insight into her contribution to Dylan’s success.

Bob himself talks about the music that influenced him as a young man, first hearing Woody Guthrie, meeting Peter, Paul & Mary and walking out of the influential Ed Sullivan TV Show in 1963.

Episode 2 features an interview with Martin Carthy, who talks about the influence traditional British folk music had on Dylan’s work, and Peter Asher and Tom Robinson describe the importance of Dylan’s arrival in the British pop charts; John Lennon and Carly Simon realise Dylan’s lyrics mean so much more than anyone else’s; Bob Geldof remembers the first time he heard Like A Rolling Stone and Joe Boyd, stage manager at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival recalls Dylan’s controversial performance.

Episode 3 looks at the making of arguably Dylan’s most influential album, Blonde on Blonde. The episode is titled Nashville Cats and features newly sourced interviews with the key participants on these historic studio recording dates including musicians Al Kooper, Charlie McCoy, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, Wayne Moss, Henry Strzelecki and Joe South. The documentary also features the perspective of Producer Bob Johnston, the man responsible for convincing Dylan to record in Nashville, and reveals the real story behind the supposed symbolism of its famous cover shot care of Jerry Schatzberg, the man behind the lens.

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Counting Down to 40

So there’s twelve days left of my thirties… 

I was talking with a friend the other night, how my twenties were tumultuous and my thirties, a period of settling, so I am now looking forward to diving deeper into the forties and the start of family life.

To celebrate this year, I am performing at Confit Bistro (4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley) on Wednesday May 25. I will be combining my passions of music and poetry and performing a mix of my own words and the words of some of my favourite rock’n’roll poets… think Bob Dylan, David Berman, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave. The venue opens at 6pm with all of the live performances starting at 6:30pm. I will, as always, be joined by guitar-slinging poet, Sheish Money as well as Jazz singer, Sarah Collyer and fellow Brisbane poets, David Stavanger, Nathan Shepherdson, Fern Thompsett & Janaka Malwatta. If you are in town and want to come along, then shoot me an email so I can book you a spot.

And as I share a birthday with Bob Dylan, I always find myself reaching for him on the CD rack at this time of year. This year, Bob will enter his seventies and his sixth decade as a performing artist… can’t really imagine life without him.

So as a treat for all you Bob fans, here’s a link to some Dylan rarities… WPKN have put together a great little 15min segment which features A Fool Such As I (with The Band), a souped-up, rockabilly version of Watching The River Flow and two classic covers. First up, Bob rips through the Stones’, Brown Sugar before finishing with a brilliant version of Neil Young’s, Old Man. You can listen to the whole set here. Bob on!

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I once loved a woman, a child I am told: the passing of Suze Rotolo

The world sure is a strange place… I have been digging Bob Dylan all over again these past few days, firing up the car speakers with Folksinger’s Choice which captures all the fire of a young Bob and then today I read that the gorgeous Suze Rotolo passed away on February 25.

Suze, who inspired the songs Boots of Spanish Leather & one of my all time favourites, Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright; Suze, the gorgeous blonde walking arm in arm with Bob on the cover of Freewheelin’; Suze, described by Bob as the most erotic thing he had ever seen… gone.

For a snapshot of her fierce intellect, check out, A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties.

Such sad news…

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