Seven Days: January 22 - 28, 2023
This Week in Bob Dylan
This is our weekly filtered roundup of everything important that happened in the world of Bob Dylan over the last seven days. Here’s what you need to know:
Bootleg Series 17: FRAGMENTS
Full Roundup of All Review (Now 50+) - Click here to see them
Some of the Best / Most interesting
Inside The Making Of Dylan's Late 90's Masterpiece (Daily Beast)
Bootleg Series Vol 17 - (Record Collector)
Bootleg Series Vol 17 - (Exclaim)
How To Listen to Fragments - (Dylan.FM)
Live Disk Commentary
A Live Disk 4 Listening Guide (Flagging Down Double E's)
More Live Fragments - Time Out Of Mind 2008-2021 (Flagging Down Double E's)
TOOM LIve - A Disk 4 Review (Dylan.FM)
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This Week’s News
Dylan items in the commercial media
From Odessa to Duluth: The journey of Bob Dylan's grandparents (NewsTribune)
"Zigman and Anna Zimmerman arrived in Duluth at the beginning of the last century. The Zenith City was the end of a long journey for the Jewish couple and their children, who arrived after fleeing antisemitic persecution in what was then the Russian Empire and in what is today Ukraine."
Alan Pasqua on His Years With Bob Dylan (RollingStone)
"My best memory is that every night he and I would play two duets: “Girl From the North Country” and “I Want You.” I’d play one on piano, and the other on this horrible little Yamaha synthesizer, a dinosaur from the early days of synthesis. I just remember listening to him sing and breathe, his phrasing. It was special. It was different."
Dylan Finishes Bourbon in Scotch Casks (Whisky Raiders)
"Nose: Toasted marshmallow, sandalwood, sugar plums, marzipan, creamed corn"
New Whiskey Can’t Recreate Magic of His Previous Hits (Yahoo Life)
"The nose reveals aromas of caramel, apple cinnamon and a bit of blood orange with the first whiff. Then the palate opens up in some interesting ways."
Blogs and Newsletters
Some great writing by dedicated Dylan fans
Man Gave Names To All The Animals (Untold Dylan)
"Eastwood’s Europatitan may be classified as a Somphospondylan, but that really just means “spongy vertebra”, and has nothing to do with Bob Dylan. "
Dylan Album Artwork: Shadows In The Night (Untold Dylan)
"To present his first album with this kind of covers, (“Shadows in the Night”), he chooses the formal language of the period just before he himself started as a recording artist: the early sixties."
Dylan, Bloomfield and Me (UChicago Mag)
"Soon I noticed the guy with the funny hat right next to us, bobbing and bouncing to our music. Well, I figured if he liked us he must be OK, so I introduced myself. He told me that his name was Bob Dylan."
Tracing the Origins of I Shall Be Free (Dag Brathen)
(PDF) Shows how the song was built out of various takes.
Reviews and Releases
New reviews, music, covers, etc. related to Dylan
Book Review: The Double Life Of Bob Dylan (The Dylan Review)
"Yet his painstaking investigation never grows tedious as his energetic and lucid prose keeps the text moving and the reader focused. Never is Heylin livelier than when he is sarcastic, even snarky..."
The First 80 Years of Dylan (Fortnightly Review)
Philosophy of Modern Song / Dylan in Seven Songs
"Dylan is actually one of our most alarming writers. His mind is dark. How anyone ever imagined they could take comfort from it is beyond me. But the songs can give comfort, because songs do that, even at their darkest."
Live At Carnegie Hall (Live 61) (Cult Following)
"Those small coffee house performances that kickstarted a grand career are like gold dust for those who want to see where it all started. Live at Carnegie Chapter Hall 1961 is an essential bootleg for that reason. Littering his setlist with traditional covers, Woody Guthrie tributes and a delicate debut of Talkin’ New York, the history that bleeds from this bootleg is next to none."
Dylan Songs Provide Beguiling Context To This Play (Sussex World)
"This production is a work of profound beauty – it is poetic, sensitive, intriguing, and mesmerising. Writer and director Connor McPherson has not only matched the lyrics to the story but he has translated the earthy mood that underpins so much of Dylan’s work."
Image Of The Week
Image from the inside bottom of
the Fragments Bootleg Series box set
A lot of new Bob talk to stream/listen this week
Wigwam (Daniel Stedman)
Real Wolf Record Club
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See it at: Dylan Events Calendar
Videos Of The Week
10LP Vinyl Box Set Unboxing