In A State of Becoming – Bob Dylan, Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour, 2021

The greatest artists were never spokesmen for just one generation. That's what makes them classics. Their work speaks to the part of humanity that never changes through the ages - human nature, the human heart. For he or she who listens, they dig deep and beyond words - if they use words or not, if … Continue reading In A State of Becoming – Bob Dylan, Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour, 2021

The Bootleg Series, Vol 16: Springtime In New York, 2021, Bob Dylan – Track by track

This is kind of an outtake. Just some jotted down notes before writing my review: "Shedding of one more layer of skin". Down the highway, down the tracks... - making notes as the 57 tracks passed by. For whom it is of interest. No.TitleMy commentsDisc 1  1Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Rehearsal) (Oct 28, 1980)Tour rehearsal … Continue reading The Bootleg Series, Vol 16: Springtime In New York, 2021, Bob Dylan – Track by track

“Shedding off one more layer of skin” – The Bootleg Series, Vol 16, 1980-85: Springtime In New York, Bob Dylan, 2021

Where do I start? The news of a new installment of the Bootleg Series is always exciting. The first released songs were mouthwatering, the complete list of songs made us even more interested - and gave rise to more speculation than the first tastings. (My own thoughts at that stage you can find here.) After … Continue reading “Shedding off one more layer of skin” – The Bootleg Series, Vol 16, 1980-85: Springtime In New York, Bob Dylan, 2021

…”while the Springtime turned slowly into Autumn…” – waiting for Bootleg Series, Vol 16 by Bob Dylan

So let's agree that the Eighties wasn't Bob Dylan's greatest decade. It wasn't. Let's agree that Dylan got lost or lost his Muse someway and sometimes along the way, in the Eighties, like he himself explains in Chronicles.Then again, it's the decade of songs like "Shot of Love", "Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar", "Every … Continue reading …”while the Springtime turned slowly into Autumn…” – waiting for Bootleg Series, Vol 16 by Bob Dylan

“A Night In Black And White” – Bob Dylan’s Shadow Kingdom, 18th of July 2021

Wow! Such a night! In black and white! Intimate atmosphere, indeed - like in a small bar with people watching the small stage, digging the music - and even dancing. All the world's a stage, and this place is the scene of the musical mime, back in time. A Dylan noir movie! Shadows are falling … Continue reading “A Night In Black And White” – Bob Dylan’s Shadow Kingdom, 18th of July 2021

“Tak for en dejlig aften!” – BOBFEST 80 i Konserthuset, 24.5.2021

"Tak for en dejlig aften! Bob Dylan" - slik takket Dylan, i oktober 2015, for seg, i Konserthusets gjestebok i den tid han tre dager og tre kvelder til ende gikk rundt og residerte på kongelig vis i dette tradisjonsrike huset, i det han på dylansk vis snappet Hanne Boels hilsen fra første siden i … Continue reading “Tak for en dejlig aften!” – BOBFEST 80 i Konserthuset, 24.5.2021

“Alias Anything You Please!” – Bob Dylan at 80.

We all contain multitudes. Thank God for the artists that, on our behalf, is able to dig into and convey the diversity and somersaults of both their own and our experience, the artists that don't pussyfoot around and don't turn a blind eye to human nature. Bob Dylan is one of them. May he stay … Continue reading “Alias Anything You Please!” – Bob Dylan at 80.

“Wanted Man!” About “The Chameleon Poet: Bob Dylan’s Search For Self” by John Bauldie, 2021

"This is what art is about: an invitation to deduce something from it for yourself. What you find in it is up to you. Dylan puts it in the song for you to find." (John Bauldie, 1980) It was in the Summer of 1985, and my lonely days and years in search of the music … Continue reading “Wanted Man!” About “The Chameleon Poet: Bob Dylan’s Search For Self” by John Bauldie, 2021

Midnight Special – A Good Case of the Blues! – about “The Midnight Broadcast” by Peter Case, 2021

Another chapter of my own book of likings, of artists under the radar, should definitely be about Peter Case. Well, in this case he's not under the critics radar, nor under other artists radar, he's an artist's artist. The list of fans between his fellow singer/songwriters is a long one, including John Prine and Bruce … Continue reading Midnight Special – A Good Case of the Blues! – about “The Midnight Broadcast” by Peter Case, 2021