Untold Dylan has reviewed almost every Dylan song of which we can find a recording. Just 12 songs to go.
500+ song reviews and over 250 articles about Bob Dylan.
This site has had over 950,000 page views in the past year.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of its growing size I’ve had to move the list of the 500+ songs reviewed on the site to a new page. You will find it here. If you think we’ve missed something please do write in & give details of how we can find a copy.
Here are the latest articles, arranged by series. You can find a list of the latest articles in the order published with the latest at the top, on the right side of this page.
BOB DYLAN AND BAUDELAIRE
- Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire Part I
- Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire Part II: The Jack Of Arts
- Bob Dylan and Charles Baudelaire Part III
- Bob Dylan and Charles Baudelaire Part IV
- Dylan And The Devil
LATEST UPDATED REVIEWS: either with an extra link to a recording or additional information, or both.
- It takes a lot to laugh it takes a train to cry. 50 Years on.
- To fall in love with you – link to the recording and a few extra notes added to this, the 3rd most read review on the site in the past year.
- Man in the Long Black Coat. Dylan reaches the depths and then descends some more. With links to a concert version, the album version and 2 folk songs that are said to be the source (but I have my doubts!)
- Standing in the doorway: a work of solemn genius. With two added videos of the song.
DYLAN AND IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH: the series
- Rocks and Gravel. The origin of “It takes a lot to laugh”
- It takes a lot to laugh it takes a train to cry. Dylan works out the Phantom Engineer
- Bob Dylan: Tell Woody, Andy, John Henry and Momma Mary that it takes a lot to laugh
LATEST REVIEWS (now reviewing, Disc 6 of the Basement Tapes Complete).
- Jelly Bean: an insight into the workings of Bob Dylan’s musical mind
- Two dollars and 99 cents: Bob Dylan does the barroom blues. And how.
- Gonna Get You Now. Bob Dylan begins to wrap up the Basement as a place to write songs
- Wild Wolf. Bob Dylan does the darkness and sings about stuff.
DESOLATION ROW REVISITED twice
- Desolation Row – the original review
- Desolation Row Revisited: making sense of the masterpiece now we live there.
- Champaign, Illinois: A Dylan song and a re-write of Desolation Row you ought to hear
100 GREATEST COVER VERSIONS OF DYLAN SONGS EVER
This is a compilation of the nominations sent in by readers of the best cover version in alphabetical order. We’re still happy to receive further nominations and will update the list again shortly.
DYLAN: THE LIGHTER SIDE: (For more info on this aspect of the site please click here)
- Bob Dylan and Euclid: Dogs and Gods (Part II)
- Unreleased Bob Dylan Song Re-Assembled
- Unreleased Dylan lyrics discovered in a Cave
- Untold Exclusive: Dylan’s Lawyers Launch Massive Law Suit
- What did Bob Dylan die of?
- Bob Dylan: Dogs And Gods
- Bob Dylan and Lucifer
- Bob Dylan: Searching For Jesus
- Bob Dylan: Christ As Casanova
BOB DYLAN AND THE BIBLE: AN INDEX
We have several indexes of sources of Dylan’s inspiration – the index of sources from the Bible that Dylan uses has just been updated.
- Bob Dylan and the Bible – an index to sources
- American poets and writers to whom Dylan pays tribute: an index
- British and French writers In reference to Bob Dylan’s song lyrics
- Dylan referenced authors other than American, British, Irish and French)
POETS AND THEMES IN BOB DYLAN’s MUSIC
- Bob Dylan and Rainer Rilke
- Bob Dylan and Rainer Rilke (Part II)
- Bob Dylan and Rainer Rilke (Part III): Rose as Symbol
- Bob Dylan And Helen Jackson
DYLAN’S FORGOTTEN GEMS.
LATEST FROM THE INDEXING TEAM(for more see the links under the picture above)
- NEW INDEX: The forgotten gems
- POETS & THEMES WITHIN DYLAN’S WORK: This index has now been updated.
- THE INDEX OF CITATIONS Links to the indexes can be found here.
CREATIVITY (An index of these articles appears here)
DYLAN – THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION:
- What’s so wrong with Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changing”?
- The ten greatest Dylan songs of all time: 6 different points of view
- Why do so many musicians rate Dylan as the most influential musician in their lives?
- Bob Dylan and Life: those significant lines that can stay with us forever
The CHRONOLOGY files and complete index of reviews in alphabetical order
“Big Bill Broonzy had a song called “Key to the Highway.” “I’ve got a key to the highway / I’m booked and I’m bound to go / Gonna leave here runnin’ because walking is most too slow.” I sang that a lot. If you sing that a lot, you just might write, “Georgia Sand he had a bloody nose, welfare department wouldn’t give him no clothes…
Bob Dylan at the MusiCare Gala 2015
“You can never tell why someone’s gonna stick something in a song. You just gotta remember that the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts. You can’t expect to understand everything in every song.”
Theme Time Radio Hour
Everything worth doing takes time. You have to write a hundred bad songs before you write one good one. And you have to sacrifice a lot of things that you might not be prepared for. Like it or not, you are in this alone and have to follow your own star.”
Bob Dylan, October 2016.
What is on the site
1: Over 500 reviews of Dylan songs. There is an index to these in alphabetical order here and an index to the songs in the order they were written in the Chronology Pages.
2: The Chronology. We’ve taken all the songs we can find recordings of and put them in the order they were written (as far as possible) not in the order they appeared on albums. The chronology is more or less complete and is now linked to all the reviews on the site. We have also recently started to produce overviews of Dylan’s work year by year. The index to the chronologies is here.
3: Bob Dylan’s themes. We publish a wide range of articles about Bob Dylan and his compositions. There is an index here. A second index lists the articles under the poets and poetic themes cited – you can find that here.
4: The Discussion Group We now have a discussion group “Untold Dylan” on Facebook. Just type the phrase “Untold Dylan” in, on your Facebook page or follow this link
5: Bob Dylan’s creativity. We’re fascinated in taking the study of Dylan’s creative approach further. The index is in Dylan’s Creativity.
And please do note The Bob Dylan Project, which lists every Dylan song in alphabetical order, and has links to licensed recordings and performances by Dylan and by other artists, is starting to link back to our reviews.
I would especially like to thank Pat Sludden for his tireless support and enthusiasm in keeping this project going, plus Larry Fyffe for the articles which take the whole site in new directions.
I am always happy to receive new material for the site and receive requests to look at specific songs from any era of Dylan’s writing – including looking again at songs already reviewed. I love the challenge. Email: Tony@schools.co.uk
This page had to be revised because of the growing number of links on it, and in that process earlier comments on this page were removed from the comments file. Here are those (leaving aside a few of the ones that said it was all rubbish).