Between his album debut «Bob Dylan» in 1962 and his 18th studio album «Slow Train Coming» in 1979, Bob Dylan spent less than 100 days in a recording studio. In the same period of time he forever changed the course of popular music, in more than one genre, in more than one way. Not just … Continue reading The Making of a Holy Grail – «More Blood, More Tracks – Bootleg Series, Volume 14»
The latest installation in Bob Dylan´s series of art exhibitions is called "Mondo Scripto". It´s a new concept for Dylan, where he shortens the gulf between his overwhelming career of songwriting On the one hand and his other artistic works on the other, even more than before. The result is kind of a combination, where … Continue reading Writings & Drawings – Bob Dylan´s “Mondo Scripto”
As one who thinks Bob Dylan´s work as a live performing artist is one of the most important and most underrated assets of his work, every new official release that documents this unique aspect of his art are welcome. Including this one. Nevertheless, even if I´ve heard all before, or maybe because I´ve heard all … Continue reading Eat The Document!! «Bob Dylan – Live 1962-1966. Rare performances from The Copyright Collection.»
I´m attending a show with an artist whose songs has been covered and sung by both Nina Simone and Waylon Jennings, by Emmylou Harris and Jimi Hendrix, by Dusty Springfield and Shaggy, by Hollies and Janis Joplin. And by Paal Flaata, the melancholy baby sharing the stage with Chip Taylor this warm night in Oslo. … Continue reading “The Real Thing!” Chip Taylor & Paal Flaata, Oslo, 24.05.18. Bonus Track: “How I Met My Friend Chip Taylor.”
It was a setlist to die for - for most artists, that is, maybe also for some Dylan fans who very much would have liked Mister Dylan himself to sing the songs from this fabulous night in Oslo Konserthus, Lille Sal. Tom Skjeklesæther interviewed Johnny Borgan as an introduction - focusing both on Dylan of … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Mister Bob – BobFest in Oslo, 23.5.18.
Even before the show starts, I´m stunned to be able to see Van Morrison in this great historic venue. Yes, it´s a hole in the wall, under the bridge, near Portobello Road, but when you´re inside, it´s an adventure of purple and black. On fourth row, we´re just twelve people, the gallery feels close, the … Continue reading Ethereal in Subterania – Van Morrison, close enough for jazz. 21.04.2018.
Bob Dylan´s fascination for Rome started early, and it´s fifty-five years since he in January 1963 first came to the holy city, searching for Suze Rotolo, the girl from "Freewheelin´", his girlfriend at the time. Bob even played some songs at the club Folkstudio, for a few people, a lot fewer than they who later … Continue reading “Ancient Footprints Are Everywhere” – Bob Dylan in Rome, 5th of April 2018
"The only moments I have when I play that are worth anything to me are when I can blissfully ignore the people I am supposed to be entertaining. No me; no silly public to amuse; only the heart and the soul, the world, the birds, storms, dreams, sadness, heavenly serenity. Then I am an artist … Continue reading “Everybody’s wearing a disguise/To hide what they’ve got left behind their eyes.” Bob Dylan in Rome, 4th of April 2018.
The first show you see in a year, is always particularly exiting. What will happen tonight, how is his voice, which songs, which arrangements and many other questions will soon be answered. Mixed reviews from the shows in Portugal and Spain, makes you wonder how you yourself will react, this time. The room for the … Continue reading “When You´re In Rome, Flap Your Wings, Like The Early Roman Kings.” Bob Dylan, Rome, 3rd of April 2018.
For me it´s always been like this: Bob Dylan is a singer first, then a poet. He must sing, he needs to sing, he sings. Yes, he has written the greatest songs of our times, but most of all I think he wrote them to have the right song to sing when he need them, … Continue reading ”Where Have You Been, My Blue Eyed Son?” – The Singer And The Song. About the performing artist – Bob Dylan.