074 – “Tombstone Blues”

Episode 74“Tombstone Blues.”Highway 61 Revisited.Blockhouse.Recorded November 4, 2018. Context (3:20) “Tombstone Blues” was Dylan’s first song recorded after “Like a Rolling Stone” and would be followed by “Desolation Row.” It was put to tape on July 29, 1965. (The entire session is available on The Bootleg Series, Volume 12: The Cutting Edge.) The song features Mike […]

026 – Rolling Thunder Revue

Episode 26. The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 – Rolling Thunder Revue. August 24, 2017. Bunker. Rainier. Daniel begins the show by looking at just what a revue is anyway (4:10). It’s a live show that combines music, dance and sketches. It was most popular in-between the wars, before the advent of moving pictures. Revues are seen in contrast […]

016 – “Hard Times in New York Town”

  Episode 16. “Hard Times in New York Town” and Dylan’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech. June 15, 2017. The Apartment. Rainier’s. To open (1:45), Kelly and I discuss the song. We listened to three versions – on from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3, one from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964, and one from […]

014 – “Wallflower”

Episode 14. “Wallflower.” The Bootleg Series: Vol. 1-3. Bunker. June 1,  2017. “Wallflower” was recorded on November 4, 1971 in New York City. Clinton Heylin’s notes are worth quoting in full for this song (in Revolution in the Air): Evidently recorded as a potential B side to the ‘George Jackson’ single, nothing perhaps exemplifies the dearth […]