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Seven Days: Nov 12 - 18, 2023
This Week in Bob Dylan
This is Seven Days: the top Bob Dylan news, links and more of the week.
NOW ON TOUR:
East Coast US: October 1 - December 3:
Past Week: Waterbury CT, Springfield MA, Brooklyn NY, New York NY (Setlists)
This Week: Philadelphia PA, Newark NJ (2), Baltimore MD (2) (Upcoming)
Covers and Recordings This Week
Nov 14: False Prophet / Black Rider
Nov 16: New York New York State of Mind (Billy Joel)
Above is our version of The Blue Chair Recording.
Also available at Expecting Rain as FLAC files and in a BennyBoy version.
YouTube version of above complete show is below.
Last Night in Springfield (Flagging Down The Double E's) 
"As I’ve noted several times, Bob’s playing has taken huge strides this tour. He sounds great, but seeing his hands illustrates how idiosyncratic his playing remains. He never spreads his fingers much, whether by choice or necessity. As a result, he doesn’t really play normal piano chords. It looks like he’s hammering away with two little claws, but it doesn’t sound clunky or rudimentary. His left hand often darts left to pound out some bass notes a couple octaves down, then shoots back just as quick."
Dylan Returns To New York City: Review (Ultimate Classic Rock) 
"To be touring the globe at 82 is, of course, a testament to his mastery. But for all of the jokes made about his singing voice or shadowy identity, it's worth acknowledging the candor Dylan represents, the kind that inherently comes along with writing songs and presenting them to the public, and particularly at the age he is now."
News This Week
Our favorite news & reviews from this week.
"But in its own bizarre, idiosyncratic way, Bob Dylan At Budokan represents Bob Dylan as well as any record he ever put out. The listeners who were most outraged by this album in the late ’70s, at heart, felt that Bob Dylan was not treating his songs with the same seriousness with which they had invested in his work."
"Expanding upon its predecessor, The Complete Budokan 1978 is an immersive treasure trove that brings us into the storied space for two nights with Bob Dylan. He was a bit restless, heartbroken and perhaps even a little angry, and that got him searching for new muses and new sounds."
Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert (Pitchfork) 
"The postmodern presentation of Sings Dylan does not interfere with the power of the music: Marshall, like her hero, understands that irony and sincerity can coexist without contradiction. The acoustic portion is often breathtaking, Marshall’s multivalent intimacy with her material restoring chestnuts like “Mr. Tambourine Man,” whose luster may have dimmed from overexposure."
"“Jacket that’s not warm enough” was on the list for six months before he shot his video; it now has nearly 250,000 likes."
"“It was my first trip, and there was plenty to learn,” recalls Mansfield, who also recorded three albums with Dylan, was part of Dylan’s earlier Rolling Thunder Revue tour and is an award-winning film and television composer."
A Fanatics Review of The Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour (Her Campus) 
"I find it important to note that he didn’t play the songs as they were recorded. I don’t know very much about music theory, but the melody was different, the pace was different, and the delivery was different, which usually made me think I was listening to a totally unknown song until he sang the lyrics of the chorus. I will specify, it wasn’t an unwelcome or bad change."
Bob Dylan's Master Tapes at Auction (Live Auctioneers) 
"Bob Dylan’s Original Recording Session Master Tapes for his first album, “Bob Dylan” 3 Scotch 190 full reels of magnetic 1/2” tape, 10 1/2” diameter metal reels, each with original cardboard slipcase and inner cardboard reel holder."
UPDATED: With more details of the tape's history and two studio excerpts
This week there are 30+ more links and 4 bonus videos for paid subscribers.
New Podcasts This Week
The latest streaming Dylan shows. Most links to Apple Podcasts
Interview with Elizabeth Cantalamessa (by Erin Callahan)
The Bourbon Daily
One Oar Boat
Mixing Up The Medicine (Mark Davidson)
Selection from our constantly updated Bob Dylan Events Calendar
Nov 22 (Savannah GA) - The Traveling Wilburys: A Savannah Salute NEW
Nov 25 (Philadelphia) Dylan/Petty Tribute Show
Nov 25 - Dec 2 (Various) The Last Waltz (In Theaters)
Dec 1 (Bangalore India) Dylan and the Dead Tribute NEW
Dec 15 - ? (Grand Rapids MI) Doug Gilbert Photography Collection NEW
Feb 12 - May 1 (Various) Cat Power Sings Dylan NEW
New Dylan Video
Official Going Going Gone Lyric Video
Cat Power - Like A Rolling Stone - The Tonight Show
Bob Dylan for Sale
New, Upcoming, Interesting, or On Sale
NEW: The Complete Budakon 1978
NEW: Play It Fucking Loud - Bob Dylan Center T-Shirt
NEW: Play It Fucking Loud - Bob Dylan Center Ballcap
SALE: Bob Dylan Center 2023 Calendar ($10)
BOOK: Mixing Up The Medicine (The Bob Dylan Center)
BOOK: Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan (Vol.2) (Michael Gray)
BOOK: The Politics and Power of Bob Dylan's Live Performances: Play a Song for Me
BOOK: Rough And Rowdy Ways - Side B (Jochen Markhorst)
SALE: Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010
Hardcover - $9.77 (Amazon)
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