“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

From An Observer’s Testament – “False Prophet”, Bob Dylan 2020

"Oh, hear this Robert ZimmermanI wrote a song for youAbout a strange young man called DylanWith a voice like sand and glueSome words had truthful vengeanceThat could pin us to the floorBrought a few more people onAnd put the fear in a whole lot more"(From "Song To Bob Dylan", David Bowie) While false prophets tries … Continue reading From An Observer’s Testament – “False Prophet”, Bob Dylan 2020

From An Observer’s Testament – “I Contain Multitudes”, Bob Dylan, 2020

"Agonies are one of my changes of garments,I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person,My hurts turn livid upon me as I lean on a cane and observe." "It is you talking just as much as myself, I act as the tongue of you,Tied in your mouth, … Continue reading From An Observer’s Testament – “I Contain Multitudes”, Bob Dylan, 2020

Play “Pictures From Life’s Other Side”! – Hank Williams – His “Mother’s Best Recordings”, BMG 2020.

“But I learned t´chose my idols wellT´be my voice and tell my taleAn´help me fight my phantom brawlAn´my first idol was Hank WilliamsFor he sang about the railroad linesAn´the iron bars an´rattlin´wheelsLeft no doubt that they were real´.”(Bob Dylan in Liner notes to "Joan Baez in concert, Part 2", 1963) “Every time I hear Hank … Continue reading Play “Pictures From Life’s Other Side”! – Hank Williams – His “Mother’s Best Recordings”, BMG 2020.

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

“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