“If you wanna remember, you better write down the names…”

And so we did, many of us. The words to Bob Dylan's "Murder Most Foul", and an incomplete set of links to some of the songs, artists and other references pointed to in the lyrics. Errors may occur. 'Twas a dark day in Dallas, November ’63A day that will live on in infamyPresident Kennedy was alright and … Continue reading “If you wanna remember, you better write down the names…”

“What Is The Truth? Where Did It Go?” About “Murder Most Foul”, Bob Dylan, 2020

"Play Murder Most Foul!" It's the end of the song. Not just any song. Just when we needed it most, like a thief in the night, out of the blue, Bob Dylan, the spokesman for every generation, shared a song for any old time. Like a gift in the night. To help us make it … Continue reading “What Is The Truth? Where Did It Go?” About “Murder Most Foul”, Bob Dylan, 2020

“Forever John” – John Prine i Konserthuset, Oslo, 9.2.2020.

"Das Konsert an sich" & "Das Konsert für mich", kan som kjent være to helt forskjellige ting – eller kan det egentlig det?På samme måte som musikk i sin alminnelighet kan treffe oss ulike steder i kroppen, hjertet eller hodet om vi er tjue eller femti, bærer «für mich» en sannhet som vanskelig kan diskuteres … Continue reading “Forever John” – John Prine i Konserthuset, Oslo, 9.2.2020.

“With his memories in a trunk” – Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection 1969

Out of the blue, early December 2019, Badlands Online announced a strictly limited version, exclusively UK release of Bob Dylan's 50th Anniversary Collection from the days of 1969, just a month after the release of "Travelin Thru, 1967-69, Bootleg Series Vol 15" (which I posted about both before and after the release). The few sets … Continue reading “With his memories in a trunk” – Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection 1969

“I’m a-leavin’ tomorrow, but I could leave today” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 6th of December, 2019

It sure has been one helluva ride since the young Bob Zimmerman came ramblin' outa the wild west, a thousand miles from home, and into the freezing New York in January 1961. As he himself puts it in Chronicles: "The biting wind hit me in the face. At last I was here, in New York … Continue reading “I’m a-leavin’ tomorrow, but I could leave today” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 6th of December, 2019

“He Was An Outlaw, So Sad, But True” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 5th of Desember, 2019

Why do we need "Lenny Bruce" today? Maybe because the question really is: Why do we need Lenny Bruce today? Surely one of the highlights of every show this fall, and indeed of those three shows I've seen this week, "Lenny Bruce" rings true like never before, Dylan fully integrates the three brothers Ethos, Pathos, … Continue reading “He Was An Outlaw, So Sad, But True” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 5th of Desember, 2019

“It’s Mighty Funny, The End Of Time Has Just Begun” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 3rd of December, 2019

The harmonica solos might have been the greatest highlights of this night at "The Beacon", from "Simple Twist of Fate" to "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and then to a fabulous ending of "Make You Feel My Love", with Dylan breathing all of his love into the air, each time to thunderous applause from an … Continue reading “It’s Mighty Funny, The End Of Time Has Just Begun” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 3rd of December, 2019

“Not Dark Yet” – Bob Dylan At The Beacon Theatre, 2nd of December 2019

Sometimes it snows in December. Today is one such sad and lonesome day. It's cold and wet and dark as people gather at "The Beacon", some trying to get warm, some trying to get enlightened. The late great James Baldwin, who died the 1st of December in 1987, said that “The precise role of the … Continue reading “Not Dark Yet” – Bob Dylan At The Beacon Theatre, 2nd of December 2019

Live By No Man’s Code! Bob Dylan’s “Travelin’ Thru, 1967-1969, Bootleg Series, Vol. 15”

“Arise, arise,” he cried so loud In a voice without restraint “Come out, ye gifted kings and queens And hear my sad complaint A week where the debate of Bob Dylan's voice is "trending" in social media, might be the perfect week for the release of "Bootleg Series, Vol. 15", most of all an underlining … Continue reading Live By No Man’s Code! Bob Dylan’s “Travelin’ Thru, 1967-1969, Bootleg Series, Vol. 15”

“Strap yourself to the tree with roots” – Waiting for Bob Dylan’s “Travelin’ Thru, 1967-69: Bootleg Series, Vol 15”

At first, Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series, starting in 1991, came around the bend like a slow train. These days, it's really picking up speed. More like a freight train, actually. While we had to wait seven years for the second release, "Live 1966", this year's release follows "More Blood, More Tracks" from last year, "Trouble … Continue reading “Strap yourself to the tree with roots” – Waiting for Bob Dylan’s “Travelin’ Thru, 1967-69: Bootleg Series, Vol 15”