“Songs From Behind The Curtain” – Fragments: Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996 – 1997), Bootleg Series Vol 17, Bob Dylan, 2023

"Some of us turn off the lights and we layUp in the moonlight shooting bySome of us scare ourselves to death in the darkTo be where the angels fly" ("Red River Shore", Bob Dylan) When Bob Dylan's "Time Out of Mind" was released in September 1997, it took most of the world with surprise. February … Continue reading “Songs From Behind The Curtain” – Fragments: Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996 – 1997), Bootleg Series Vol 17, Bob Dylan, 2023

“First Among Equals, Second To None!” – Bob Dylan At London Palladium, 24th of October, 2022

I'm speechless! I just don't know what to say - and I have to say it at once! The show tonight was by far the best of the nine I've seen this fall. It was beautiful beyond words, it was unforgettable and I am flabbergasted & overwhelmed by emotions after a unique concert, and after … Continue reading “First Among Equals, Second To None!” – Bob Dylan At London Palladium, 24th of October, 2022

“The Times We’ve Known” – Bob Dylan at Grand Rex in Paris, 12th of October, 2022

Bob Dylan was a great fan of Charles Aznavour, the French-Armenian larger-than-life character, actor, singer and songwriter, who worked closely with Piaf in the forties & early fifties, before making an amazing solo career for the rest of his life. He made a lasting impression on Dylan, who once named him one out of two … Continue reading “The Times We’ve Known” – Bob Dylan at Grand Rex in Paris, 12th of October, 2022

“Sous le ciel de Paris” – Bob Dylan at Grand Rex, Paris, 11th of October 2022

I cannot speak French. It's sad, but true. I understand a few words, I will utter a plain "Merci" when I'm in a good mood, but still, though French is a beautiful language, it's one that I really don't understand, I need translation. Still, when I was a little boy and for the first time … Continue reading “Sous le ciel de Paris” – Bob Dylan at Grand Rex, Paris, 11th of October 2022

“That Old Black Magic Called Bob”. Bob Dylan in Oslo, 25th of September 2022.

It's unbelievable, it's strange, but true - but there he is once again, reigning supreme in his Shadow Kingdom. He is back on the job, singing his heart out for us all, in Oslo Spektrum, the chosen venue of the night, returning here for the first time after a fabulous show the summer of 2019, … Continue reading “That Old Black Magic Called Bob”. Bob Dylan in Oslo, 25th of September 2022.

“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

“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

«Sometimes I Turn, There’s Someone There, Other Times It’s Only Me» – About «From Dickinson to Dylan» by Glenn Hughes, 2020

«It’s been a long road and it’s taken a lot of doing. These songs of mine, I think of as mystery plays, the kind that Shakespeare saw when he was growing up. I think you could trace what I do back that far. They were on the fringes then, and I think they’re on the … Continue reading «Sometimes I Turn, There’s Someone There, Other Times It’s Only Me» – About «From Dickinson to Dylan» by Glenn Hughes, 2020

«Tales From A Lone Pilgrim’s Progress.» Bob Dylan’s 50th Anniversary Collection: 1970

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, that could be the short summary of this 50th Anniversary. During his 1970 recording sessions Dylan is recording both old and new songs of his own, both old and new cover versions of other artists songs, and yes, some of the versions are saturated with the … Continue reading «Tales From A Lone Pilgrim’s Progress.» Bob Dylan’s 50th Anniversary Collection: 1970

“If There Is An Original Thought Out There, I Could Use It Right Now” – About “Rough And Rowdy Ways”, Bob Dylan, 2020

"Take me to the river, release your charmsLet me lay down once in your sweet lovin’ armsWake me, shake me, free me from sinMake me invisible like the windGot a mind to ramble, got a mind to roamI’m travelin’ light, and I’m slow comin’ home"(Mother of Muses, Bob Dylan) It's the difficult 39th album, and … Continue reading “If There Is An Original Thought Out There, I Could Use It Right Now” – About “Rough And Rowdy Ways”, Bob Dylan, 2020