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”
"There was a boyA very strange enchanted boyThey say he wandered very far, very farOver land and seaA little shy and sad of eyeBut very wise was heAnd then one dayA magic day he passed my wayAnd while we spoke of many thingsFools and kingsThis he said to meThe greatest thing you'll ever learnIs just … Continue reading “He´s A Walking Contradiction, Partly Truth And Partly Fiction” – Bob Dylan in Norway & Sweden, June 2019
The Magic and high quality of The Rolling Thunder Revue has never really been highly disputed, as some of Bob Dylan´s other periods. It´s commonly known and accepted that this was Bob Dylan at some of his best and most glorious moments. Do we really need more proof or documentation, something that can give us … Continue reading A Rolling Thunder Review: Don´t Ask Me Nothin´About Nothin´, I Just Might Tell You The Truth
We´re in the middle of "The World of Bob Dylan", the symposium taking place in Tulsa from 30th of May until 2nd of June 2019. And this is the case, you actually need a Tulsa Telephone Book to find the Bob Dylan Archives, established in 2016 as a partnership between the George Kaiser Family Foundation … Continue reading Take Me Back To Tulsa – and to the Bob Dylan Archives!
«Well, God is in His heavenAnd we all want what’s hisBut power and greed and corruptible seedSeem to be all that there isI’m gazing out the windowOf the St. James HotelAnd I know no one can sing the bluesLike Blind Willie McTell» If we look out our window in any hotel tonight, nothing much has … Continue reading Lone Pilgrim At The Heels of St James – Bob Dylan in Porto, 1st of May, 2019.
Da min kjære salige farmor ble spurt om det fineste hun visste, svarte hun: "Å se sola gå ned over Buafjellet." Det var utsikten fra kjøkkenvinduet på den lille gården ytterst i havgapet, små kår i karrige strøk, fiske og småbruk, nøysomhet og tålmodighet. Når Tove Bøygard gir oss "Småkårstestament" synger hun ikke bare om … Continue reading “Av jord er vi kommet.” Om “Jord”, 2018, Tove Bøygard, Lucky B Records.
"The truth was obscure, too profound and too pure, to live it, you’ll have to explode." Truth has always been under attack. Nothing new under the sun. The frightening perspectives presented in Ken Burns’ «The Vietnam War» documentary gave us a brutal insight in the deep contrast between what was known and what was told, … Continue reading “Let Us Not Talk Falsely Now, The Hour Is Getting Late” – Bob Dylan in New York, 1st of December 2018, Beacon Theatre
"DO YOU WANNAAAA MAKE AAAA DEEEEEEEEEAAAAAALLL!" No, it´s not Dylan anno 1966, it´s 2018 and the audience goes bananas on this new version of "Like A Rolling Stone", jumps to their feet and just absolutely wanna make a deal with the man at the mike. We´re in the middle of the show, the Friday crowd … Continue reading “Wintertime is comin´, the windows are filled with frost” – Bob Dylan in New York, 30th of November, Beacon Theatre.
There was this Norwegian author, Sigrid Undset - a Nobel Prize winner, too, in 1928, most famous for her medieval literature. In one of her writings she speaks of the human heart, in about this way: "Though habits and customs change, as time passes, and people´s faith and what they think about many things will … Continue reading “Extending The Lines & Connecting The Dots” – Bob Dylan in New York, 29th of November 2018, Beacon Theatre.
Let´s take a step back.Of course there is no such thing as a "Never-Ending Tour". All things come to an end. Still, if the label should be allowed in use for only one artist, Bob Dylan´s constantly touring after meeting some guy at the crossroads in the late eighties, should be the best candidate by … Continue reading “I Been All Around The World, Boys” – Bob Dylan in New York, 27th of November, 2018, Beacon Theatre.