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Bob Dylan signs six book deal

Just this week, the Dylan rumour mill went into overdrive with the news that Bob has signed a six book deal with Simon & Schuster, two of which are rumoured to be the much anticipated follow ups to the stunning, Chronicles vol. 1. There is also talk that one of the books will collate material from Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour, which clocked up 100 shows over its three year stint. So that leaves three spaces… in reading recent articles I have come across comments such as, ‘let’s hope there’s nothing like the unreadable Tarantula.’ Well, I have to differ strongly in opinion to that… I can’t imagine Bob would be interested in repeating what he did with Tarantula, but I would love to read some revolutionary prose from the great man. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what materialises…

In the meantime, if you are after a Bob fix, here’s a link to a killer show from 1965: Bob Dylan, Live at The Hollywood Bowl, 1965.

How does it feel…

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Bob Dylan – 69 years young

I believe we all have artistic beacons… those shining lights that guide us through the years and soundtrack the highs and lows of our lives. For me, Dylan has always shone brightly. His words have circled me for my entire 39 years and I have to say, I cannot imagine life without Dylan. Sharing a birthday with him, well that’s just icing on the cake!

In 1985 I saw my first ever concert, it wasn’t Bob, but it was a man inspired by him – Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band. I still remember the sheer exhilaration of that show, the incredible feeling of having music flood over me in the live arena. The following year, I had my second concert experience… this time it was Bob, backed by the legendary Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

When I look back on this, I cannot help but thinking I was spoiled. It’s an almost unbeatable one, two punch (three including Petty!). I have since seen Bob five times and live in hope that I have not had my last live Dylan experience. Each time, Bob has shifted shape and delivered set lists that have left audiences guessing. I never would have imagined Cat’s in the Well from Under the Red Sky being the opening number when I saw him last in 2007 (here’s the full set list from the show). But that’s part of the magic…

So to celebrate my 39th and Bob’s 69th, I have dug up a link where you can download a concert from Bob’s ‘Together and Alone’ 1986 tour with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. My memory of this show includes Bob adorned with big bauble earrings and leather vest, Tom smoking one of the biggest joints I have ever seen, Mike Campbell’s shredding solo in So You Want To Be A Rock’n’Roll Star and rousing versions of Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, When the Night Comes Falling, Ballad of a Thin Man and Positively 4th Street.

This concert recorded live in New York on the 4th of July, 1986 features many of those songs… and has stripped back the years and filled me with the same sense of wonder and awe. So here it is in its entirety:

Bob Dylan w/ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers live in New York

And as a thank you to everyone who posted their favourite tracks on my recent Dylan post, here’s a treat for you… I have rummaged around to come up with clips of ten of the songs as a way of saying thank you.

Enjoy,

Ballad of a Thin Man
Tangled Up In Blue
Series of Dreams

Things Have Changed
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Subterranean Homesick Blues
 (w/ Neil Young)
Highway 61 Revisited
Romance in Durango

Brownsville Girl
Lonesome Day Blues

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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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