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Started by GreenFuture on May 17, 2021 12:29:16 PM
Bob Dylan at 80

Big day coming up around the bend...(Mon 24/5)

Praise, links, reflections etc. here please.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/why-octogenarian-bob-dylan-still-has-the-power-to-electrify-40426286.html

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mingmong - 17 May 2021 14:38:57 (#1 of 271)

R4 running a Dylan series this week, in the 13.45-14.00 slot.

Off to a good start today. I knew Dylan did a lot of 'reinventing' of himself, but hadn't realised that he had initially sold himself on a completely fabricated back-story. Not that it particularly matters.

I remain a big fan, though much prefer the studio Dylan to the live Dylan (who seems to take delight in murdering his own back catalogue).

Favourite Dylan song? Impossible to say. But I can think of many that have had massive personal resonance at various times including Watching the River Flow, New Morning, Romance in Durango, Precious Angel, It Ain't Me Babe and Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again

Hilary - 17 May 2021 14:49:48 (#2 of 271)

Anything and everything from John Wesley Harding.

But, yes, Mobile is very good, as are It's Alright Ma, and Tangled Up In Blue (specifically the version on Vol 2 of the Bootleg series).

Arjuna - 17 May 2021 14:51:46 (#3 of 271)

Favourite Dylan song? Impossible to say

but definitely one sung by someone else

TheSwearingBear - 17 May 2021 14:55:18 (#4 of 271)

The only time I fell asleep in a concert. It was so boring.

He's written a lot of great songs though.

MadamGeorge - 17 May 2021 15:01:42 (#5 of 271)

I like the grumpy old sod. Friends have persuaded me to go and see him a few times, first time was at Blackbushe in 1978, I didn't really see him, just the top of his hat, we were a fair way from the stage and the curvature of the earth rather got in the way. I've seen him a few times since then, some good some not so good.

My favourite album is Blood On The Tracks, though I sometimes think that means a loss of credibility among the true believers, like saying that you like Woody Allen's earlier funny films. Favourite track is usually A Simple Twist Of Fate, Joan Baez also does a very fine version of that, including a Dylan impersonation on one of the verses.

Hilary - 17 May 2021 15:02:09 (#6 of 271)

the live Dylan (who seems to take delight in murdering his own back catalogue).

... probably a tactic in the wider strategy of systematically alienating whatever fanbase he had previously built up...

DesEsseintes - 17 May 2021 15:02:55 (#7 of 271)

Shelter from the Storm I really like.

George Jackson is a great song too.

airynothing - 17 May 2021 15:04:05 (#8 of 271)

I think my favourite album overall is Highway 61, but I also love Desire (which was my introduction to Dylan) and BotT.

melpomene - 17 May 2021 15:07:31 (#9 of 271)

The one taste, other than cricket, that I have inherited from my dad. Saw him at Brixton Academy some time back, and loved it, although I feel he was on the edge of live performing not being a good idea any more...

BLood on the tracks for me too as a whole album, individual favourites include Just like a Woman, Tangled up in Blue, the Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, a hard Rain's a Gonna Fall...

I've recently acquired a piano, and a book of Bob to go with it.

MrM, the great philistine (quote - that whiny nasal c*** again?) is glad I have headphones.

FrankieTeardrop - 17 May 2021 15:08:57 (#10 of 271)

I only own his debut album, given to me by my mum, which, in turn, was bought for her by her dad when he went on a business trip to the USA in the early '60s.

It's great - especially for spotting where Spacemen 3 nicked loads of their lyrics from (eg Fixing to Die)

melpomene - 17 May 2021 15:11:06 (#11 of 271)

My dad has a load of old 60s vinyl that will be mine (MSis has her eye on the Stones' stuff) when he shuffles off this mortal coil.

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waxwing - 17 May 2021 15:18:37 (#13 of 271)

Gateway albums for me were Blood on the Tracks and Freewheelin' (two sides of a borrowed cassette tape played all of one summer in the mid-80s until it broke). Favourites remain BotT, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, but I still listen to everything up to and including Street Legal and quite a lot since.

Saw him at Wembley with TP and the Heartbreakers as band and support. His live performances definitely tailed off after the Rolling Thunder Revue but his early stuff is mesmerising - you can hear why the folkies picked up on his charisma. Never mind the going electric hoo-hah, which has its own reckless beauty - his solo sets 1965-1966 are fantastic.

Vendor - 17 May 2021 15:25:14 (#14 of 271)

<shouts 'Judas!' at thread and runs off>

waxwing - 17 May 2021 15:25:35 (#15 of 271)

I don't believe you.

waxwing - 17 May 2021 15:29:38 (#16 of 271)

Heh, I think that particular exchange happened 55 years ago today.

TRaney - 17 May 2021 15:32:06 (#17 of 271)

<shouts 'Judas!' at thread and runs off>

I don’t believe you

waxwing - 17 May 2021 15:33:23 (#18 of 271)

Ahem.

HouseOfLametta - 17 May 2021 15:35:08 (#19 of 271)

I quite like his mid seventies cowboyish period. Pat Garret, Desire.

Hurricane is a magnificent song.

Ricolas - 17 May 2021 15:37:27 (#20 of 271)

love a bit of Bob every now and then. Would you believe that I was at Blsckbushe too? Very young though.

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