The Year in Bob Dylan News
A 2022 Year End Countdown From Dylan.FM
NOTE: 'Seven Days’ is weekly Bob Dylan newsletter we began in March 2022. Each week we highlight the most important Bob Dylan news, blog posts, videos, podcasts, and more.
As the year ends we're looking back. Here are our picks for the biggest and most important news stories of the year the best corresponding links.
The Top 5 Bob Dylan News Events of 2022
Our unofficial rankings based on the volume of press attention and the long term significance to Dylan's legacy or his fans.
The Bob Dylan Center Opens
A 100,000+ item collection of rare & personal Bob Dylan Archives, in a dedicated facility in Tulsa OK, professionally staffed and run, working with The Bob Dylan Archives and Institute for Bob Dylan Studies - to serve researchers and fans present and future. READ MORE
An Exclusive Peak Inside The New Dylan Museum (Vanity Fair)
The Dylan Center Interior/Exhibition Design (Interior Design)
Mitch Blank’s Gift To The Future (WestView News)
Take Me Back To Tulsa (HotPress / Anne Margaret Daniel)
A New Cultural Mecca Is Born (Forward / Seth Rogovoy)
The new GOAT of Rock Museums (Variety)
The $10 Million Bob Dylan Center Opens (New York Times)
A Mecca for Bob Dylan Fans (Washington Post)
Why was Tulsa Chosen as Home of Bob Dylan Center (Hemispheres)
Bob Dylan's 2022 US & European Tours
Bob played 82 fine shows this year in the eastern and western US and across Europe. A fine time was had by all, including Mr. Dylan who seemed in particularly good spirits. Excellent tapes now circulate from nearly every show. Another set of miracles. READ MORE
Beautiful and Timeless (Manchester) Mancunion
Last Night In Dublin (Tracking Down The Double E’s)
He Contains Multitudes (The Carolinian)
Rough and Rowdy Tulsa (Sean Latham)
The Old Boy Has Still Got It – Cardiff (Express)
It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Sighing- London 23rd (Johnny Borgan)
Painting His Masterpiece – London 2 (The Arts Desk)
Restless Artist Blazes His Own Trail – London (Evening Standard)
Don’t Expect Any Oldies (Lookout Santa Cruze)
Happy Genius? Dylan Makes the Case in LA (LA Times – Paywall)
The Philosophy of Modern Song (Book)
300+ pages of Bob Dylan's thoughts, musings, observations, insights, and unexpected twists on songs that have caught his attention and the people who write and perform them - what's not to love? As usual what he meant and what's hidden between the lines remains to be discovered, a fun game in and of itself. READ MORE
A collection of nearly 150 Reviews
Roadmaps for the Soul: Dan Chasen (New York Review of Books)
A Response To Dylan’s POMS: Amanda Petrusich (The New Yorker)
The Palladium of Modern Song (Anne Margaret Daniel / HotPress)
Dylan Gets Tangled Up In Autograph Controversy (New York Times)
Buyers Question Dylan Signatures (iHeart Radio)
Come You Whiffenpoofs of War (The Dylantantes)
A Unified Theory of Bob Dylan – David Remnick (The New Yorker)
Order The Philosophy of Modern Song Hardcover (Amazon)
Retrospectrum: The Art Exhibits
What's a guy to do in between 3800 concerts, a few books, and a 100 episode radio show - paint and draw and sculpt. And the accumulated result of Mr. Dylan's free time became a huge art exhibition first in Miami FL and now in Rome IT. READ MORE
Can Bob Dylan Paint (Washington Examiner)
How Dylan Turned to Art and Whisky (Forbes)
Miami Gets Dylan’s First US ‘Public Work of Art’ (Gates) (La Presna)
Dylan’s First Rail Car Sculpture in France (The Guardian)
The Ionic 2022 Recording of Blowin' In The Wind
Sixty years after recording it for scratchy vinyl release, Bob Dylan re-recorded this seminal song for a brand new technology that promises flawless playback forever - and released in in a limited edition of one available only to the highest bidder. Always pushing the envelopes. READ MORE
New ‘One Of’ Version of Blowin’ In The Wind Set for Auction (Rolling Stone)
Inside T Bone’s Reinvention of the Record (MixOnline)
Bob Dylan has Re-Recorded Classics with T-Bone Burnett (Variety)
Sells for nearly $1.8M (Rolling Stone)
Making Of Video w/T Bone Burnett (YouTube)
The Actual Auction Video (Supercut YouTube)
The Exceptional Auction Preview Report
Part II: The Technology of Improved Discs
Part III: The Goals and Artificial Scarcity
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Other Important / Interesting Dylan News
Here are some other stories that got major press attention, some with lasting impact, and also reflect key elements of Bob Dylan 2022.
The WSJ/Jeff Slate Interview
In his only interview of 2022 Mr. Dylan spoke to Jeff Slate (Musician, Bob Fan and Writer of the Bootleg Series Vol 14 Liner Notes) and covered a lot of ground with Bob riffing on subjects ranging from the pandemic to technology to religion and many more. This isn't the old sarcastic Bob, but the late-period man who mixes obscure quotes, revealing insights, broad commentary, and at least a pinch of razzle-dazzle style BS. Certainly this one will be quoted and referred back to forever.
WSJ Story (Paywall)
Dylan Sells His Catalog
After selling his Copyright Catalog in late 2020, early 2022 brought the news the Bob Dylan's master recordings had been sold to Sony Music Entertainment. Another $500M give or take, and Bob caps off the business end of his career as impressively as all the other elements of it.
Time Out Of Mind 25th / Bootleg Series 17 Announced
One of the many inflection points in Dylan's career had it's 25th Anniversary this year, which put it back into the spotlight - most notably for the announcement of a new 5CD / 10LP Edition of The Bootleg Series that will give us a remixed version of the album, two disks of previously unreleased outtakes, a live disk, plus all the extras that were already on Tell Tale Signs. Supply chain issues pushed the release to Jan '23 but we got one full track and some snippets (plus the word from Greil Marcus) to assure us this is going to be great.
Time Out Of Mind 25 Years Later (Guide)
4LP: $99 at Amazon (US)
5CD DELUXE: $139.98 at Amazon (US)
10LP DELUXE: $230 at BobDylan.com (Numbered, Limited to 5000)
Heaven's Door Whiskey Releases
Only a subset of Dylan's fans take notice, but the Whiskey company Bob launched a few years ago is also killing it, with an expanding set of releases, a growing string of awards, and even a new version of their very own Bootleg Series.
Dylan’s Whisky Brand Unveils 10-Year Bourbon (RollingStone)
Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Produces Limited Edition (FoxIsntNews)
Heaven’s Door Master Cast Whiskey: 10 Best New Spirits (Robb Report)
Girl From The North Country (Broadway & Touring)
We're several years into productions of this Bob Dylan / Connor McPherson play built around all Bob Dylan songs, and it was on Broadway (again) in 2022, got 7 Tony nominations (1 win), and touring companies started taking the show around the world to rave reviews. Before it left Broadway that cast was filmed, so we're likely to get the video version in 2023.
Review: THE GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at Her Majesty’s Theatre
Interview with Writer and Musical Director (Hollywood Reporter)
Girl From The North Country Review Scottish Field
Connor McPherson: Music Redeems Us (HotPress)
Soundtracked by Dylan (Independent.ie)
Dylan’s Music Give Everyone a Leg Up (Irish Times)
A Love Letter to Girl From The North Country (Theaterly)
Stars Discuss Their Meeting With Bob Dylan (broadwayworld)
Interesting Bob Dylan Auctions
Town Hall Flyer
A Stack of 'Love Letters'
Subterranean Homesick Blues Manuscript
New Subterranean Homesick Blues 60th Anniversary Video
OK not everything works out.
Watch it. (American Songwriter)
Nuisance Lawsuit Excites Click-Baiters Everywhere
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Have A Bob Dylan New Year
Make sure you're subscribed to get Part II of our 2022 Year End Roundup - there we'll look back at some of the best blog posts, releases, covers, podcasts, videos, and more from 2022. It's amazing how much great stuff there was!!
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