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Dylan fans?
30 August 2010
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vonbontee said:

<img class="sfsmiley" title="a-hard-days-night-ringo-8" onclick="sfjLoadSmiley('ahdn_ringo_08.gif', 'a-hard-days-night-ringo-8', 'http://www.beatlesbible.com/wp…..&#039;, 'a-hard-days-night-ringo-8', '1');" src="http://www.beatlesbible.com/wp/wp-content/forum-smileys/ahdn_ringo_08.gif" alt="a-hard-days-night-ringo-8" /> Wow, must be thrilling to remember that! Did radio stations actually play the full six minutes? (I know the single had to split it into two parts, but maybe promotional copies were intact…)


I think you should try that again…a-hard-days-night-paul-4
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Wow, that's ugly! WTF caused that? All I did was try to add that smiley…

Let's see how this one turns out…

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30 August 2010
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vonbontee said:

Wow, that's ugly! WTF caused that? All I did was try to add that smiley…

Let's see how this one turns out…

<img class="sfsmiley" title="a-hard-days-night-ringo-8" onclick="sfjLoadSmiley('ahdn_ringo_08.gif', 'a-hard-days-night-ringo-8', 'http://www.beatlesbible.com/wp…..&#039;, 'a-hard-days-night-ringo-8', '1');" src="http://www.beatlesbible.com/wp/wp-content/forum-smileys/ahdn_ringo_08.gif" alt="a-hard-days-night-ringo-8" />


Yeah, and again, ahaha

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25 April 2011
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I'm certainly enjoying Blood On The Tracks right now. I haven't heard to much Dylan, but my cousin absolutely raves. And I love LARS.

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26 April 2011
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I remember listening to Like a Rolling Stone for the first time and absolutely hating it. I couldn't understand what he was talking about in his lyrics and his singing was horrible. It really took me a while to get used to his singing and writing style before I realized this man is a genius. Then I heard the Beatles….

I've only listened to Highway 61 Revisited and I really do love it. I absolutely love: Like a Rolling Stone; Queen Jane Approximately; It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry; Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues; Desolation Row; his cover of You Belong To Me (not the Taylor Swift version); Mr. Tambourine Man; and Tangled Up In Blue.

Too bad for his voice. When he was on the Grammy's, I cringed at his singing. It has gotten really bad. But if I ever met him, I would start to go fangirl crazy.

 

Has anybody seen the movie I'm Not There where like 6 different people played him? I need to see the movie again because like most Bob Dylan songs, I didn't get it. Though Cate Blanchett did a stunning job at her part. There's even a scene with the Beatles. Thought that was fun.

 

Oh and Bob Dylan has written every pop in the past 50 years:

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27 April 2011
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I think the Freewheelin Bob Dylan is still my favorite of his, Don't Think Twice It's Alright would make my top 10 or so songs of all time. Blonde on Blonde seems to be his most "Beatle-like" and is filled with a ton of great songs. Those would be my top two.

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16 May 2011
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Gosh! I LOOOOOOVE Bob Dylan. He has so strong lyrics. 'Like a rolling stone' was written by him as a TWENTY-FOUR YEAR OLD!!!

Such a talent. He deserves at least 50 grammy's.

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26 September 2013
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I was looking for an appropriate thread to post this and I found this old one (*bump*).

For any Dylan fans who can make it to the NTG in London, there's a display of some sketches of his until the start of 2014. Thought some may be interested.

http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/…..-value.php

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26 September 2013
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MrBig said
Do we have any Dylan fans here? I'm a huge Dylan fan. My fav song is a tie between Knockin' on Heavens Door and Like A Rolling Stone.

I had a LOT of Dylan LPs some time ago (before I sold them all – old story in another thread yadda yadda).

Anyway, I have been meaning to replace them and catch up on some newer stuff but it will need to wait on me finishing my current Beatles catch-up (which is going to take about a year at the current rate :)   )

I just happened to watch "Concert for Bangladesh" last night and was REALLY enjoying the "I'd like to bring on a friend of us all …" bit.  The 'extras' snippet with George and Bob fumbling through "If Not For You" is great.  I wish they had used "Mr Tambourine Man" over the photo gallery on the DVD since it is not in the film and I miss it from my old LP set.

27 September 2013
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Wow, nice to have this thread to pinpoint the exact historic moment when my account(s) began to act weird and deny me proper access to the smileys that most everyone else here gets to employ properly!

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27 September 2013
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Since emily bumped this one to the front of the line, I thought I'd mention my favorite Dylan songs:

I think the best of all, in terms of understated poignancy that packs a wallop, is "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry".

For perversely idiosyncratic reasons, my other favorite is "Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts".  It's one of those songs in the "demented" genre that I like so well.

Of course, many songs on Blood on the Tracks are stellar, as well as Highway 61 Revisited. 

I realize there's a veritable mountain of songs from the 70s to now with which I have been remiss in acquainting myself…

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27 September 2013
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Only just getting into Dylan but favourite song is Changing of the Guards which is amazing, don't think ive ever heard anything that sounds like that. His version of If Not For You (which George covered on ATMP) is different but very good. Highway 61 Revisted is great (first heard that in the Johnnny Cash bio Walk The Line and spent an age trying to track it down), pretty much the whole of that album is fantastic. 4th Time Around is another as is Jokerman.

 

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27 September 2013
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Von Bontee said
Wow, nice to have this thread to pinpoint the exact historic moment when my account(s) began to act weird and deny me proper access to the smileys that most everyone else here gets to employ properly!

Not only that, but this thread is a veritable who's who of "where are they now?". a-hard-days-night-john-3

It's a little sad when they grow up and leave the nest.a-hard-days-night-paul-10

The video of 'I Shall Be Released' I posted on the last page no longer exists, so I found this one instead. Our Ritchie appears at about :15 in…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js1hjL8evmM

 

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28 September 2013
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Nice video posted by Zig.  Three questions:

Is Dylan playing those lead electric guitar fills?

Who was that guy with the deep voice singing off camera at about the mid point?

Did I spot Neil Diamond standing at the far left of the screen on stage?

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28 September 2013
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I was onstage with Dylan in 1994 in London, Ontario (Canada) when he played Western University.  To be fair, a LOT of us got onstage, but still…

It was in the University theatre, and there were pretty strict rules about staying out of the aisles and sitting in your seat, but as the show progressed people started to get antsy.  Then Bob started playing "Everything's Broken" and for some reason it really got everyone excited.  Pretty soon a bunch of us just ran up to the stage and climbed up and started dancing while Bob and the band looked really amused.

 

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30 September 2013
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Anyone read Still on the Road: Songs of Bob Dylan vol. 2, 1974-2008? I can pick it up for little money in Glasgow but I no nothing about Dylan books. Found a review in the independent newspaper online which wasn't very favourable but then that doesn't really mean anything since the author might despise Dylan's later years. It gets 4 stars from 6 reviews at amazon.

Aside from Chronicles volume 1 which I got recently can anyone suggest a good Dylan book (I have 'Bob Dylan In America' but might not get thru to for the next few years and I doubt the library will let me keep it that long).

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2 October 2013
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Obviously Chronicles is devastating, though how much is fact, and how much fiction, is debatable.

For Dylan as writer, I would also recommend Lyrics 1962-2001. As a lyricist, he is unrivaled, and his lyrics work as well on the page as they do on the ear. Lyrics is important in that, veering between major and minor differences, virtually no published lyric is as it appears on disc. One odd example is Blowin' in the Wind. For some reason, as I have never heard any version where he sings it this way, the published version is always verse 1, 3, 2!

I actually prefer the previous edition of this book, Lyrics 1962-1985, as it includes many prose-poems and pieces written as sleeve notes for other artists that were absent from later edition.

The other Bobby written book is the very weird Tarantula. I don't know whether to recommend it or not. Written around 1965, but not published until 1971, you need to be well along the Dylan path to get anything out of it, I would suggest.

Of books about Dylan, Robert Shelton's No Direction Home cannot be recommended highly enough. Commissioned in the mid-'60s, but not published until the mid-'80s, though with varying levels of detail, he takes it up that time. Shelton, however, for many years, was an insider, but not a biased one. He wrote the famous 1961 New York Times review of Dylan that played a large part in him getting signed to Columbia. He had access. There's a whole chapter that's a discussion between him and Dylan on a flight. "Yesterday? You can find a thousand songs like that written in the Brill Building."

For the first half-dozen years of Dylan's career, Shelton had total access. And though as time went on they did not remain as close, they remained friends. Shelton always, when it came to the book, kept his independence as a journalist. There is no better account of Dylan, especially in the '60s.

As for Still on the Road, it's a good book on the work of Dylan, alongside the first volume, Revolution in the Air. However, Heylin is quite a contentious writer on Bob by virtue of how he attacks other Dylan writers (see his entry in The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia).

For writing of a similar nature, I would actually recommend Paul Williams' Performing Artist series of three books (The Early Years, The Middle Years and Mind Out of Time).

Out of the six non-Dylan written books here, I would order them, Shelton, Williams, Heylin.

 

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Thanks mja. They had a whole pile of Dylan books in a Glasgow Fopp music store, 2 for £5 brand new. I'm going to have a look again tomorrow. I'll take a copy of your suggestions and see if any are there.

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1 November 2013
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I like Dylan too. Best music for rainy days! My favourite album at the moment is The Times They Are A-Changin'. Not that kind of music you want to play when there's a room full of people.

3 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said

Only just getting into Dylan but favourite song is Changing of the Guards which is amazing, don't think ive ever heard anything that sounds like that. His version of If Not For You (which George covered on ATMP) is different but very good. Highway 61 Revisted is great (first heard that in the Johnnny Cash bio Walk The Line and spent an age trying to track it down), pretty much the whole of that album is fantastic. 4th Time Around is another as is Jokerman.

 

mmm, you knew that "4th Time Around" is the song which John was convinced was a parody of "Norwegian Wood", right?

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