Over 1950 articles and over 8800 comments on Bob Dylan including reviews of 621 songs that Bob Dylan has written
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Below are the series which have recently had articles added. Other series are listed above under the picture.
Bob Dylan: the childhood tapes
- Bob Dylan’s first songs: the cello tapes revealed and a plea
- Bob Dylan: The Lost Bar Mitzvah Tapes
- Bob Dylan Forever Young: The Childhood Tapes
- Another Dylan song found: “Riding on the train” which is NOT “Ride this train”
- “You can’t give Bob Dylan crisps” The audio story of Bob Dylan, before the show.
- Dylan’s unnoticed Murder Ballad
- Tombstone Blues part I: Daddy’s looking for the fragmentation bomb’s fuse
- Tombstone Blues II: Duck back down
- Tombstone Blues III Let’s Go Get Stoned
- Tombstone Blues part IV Medicine Man
- Tombstone Blues part V: he was kiddin’ me, didn’t he?
All Directions at Once: new episodes…
- 1971: When I paint that masterpiece I’ll be ready to tour again
- After the river: Bob, it’s good to see you’ve got your mojo back
- Here comes the genius, approach the edge of the cliff
- A full index of the articles in the series appears here
The Never Ending Tour
This series charts the NET from its origins to the present day, with multiple examples of Dylan’s performances through the period in question.
- Greatest ever “Hard Rain” – Never Ending Tour, 1994, Part 2: Absolutely Vintage Dylan Again
- NET, 1994, part 1. In Full Voice; Absolutely vintage Dylan
- NET: the full index of articles, reviewing the tour from 1987 onwards
Bob Dylan and the Faithful Symmetry
- Part 1: Bob Dylan: Fearful Symmetry
- Bob Dylan And Fearful Symmetry (Part II)
- Bob Dylan And Fearful Symmetry (Part III)
- Bob Dylan And Fearful Symmetry (Part IV)
- Bob Dylan And Fearful Sympathy (Part V)
- Bob Dylan And Fearful Symmetry (Part VI)
- Bob Dylan And Fearful Symmetry (Part VII)
- Bob Dylan And Fearful Symmetry (Part VIII)
- Bob Dylan And Fearful Symmetry (Part IX)
- Catnip for Completists: The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings
- Dylan and the RPO
- The cancelled Summer tour part 3
Ballad of a Thin Man
- Ballad Of A Thin Man (Part 1): Along came Jones
- Balled of a Thin Man (Part II) Freaks Geeks and Simples
- Ballad Of A Thin Man – Part III (Conclusion)
Most of the time
- Most Of The Time Part 1: Except sometimes
- Most Of The Time (1989) Part II – I don’t even think about him
Play Lady Play
- Play lady play: the unexpected re-workings
- Play lady play: unexpected re-workings part 2
- The full index
Why does Dylan like?
- A full index to this series is here
- Bob’s oddities: What I go through to find an astounding work of genius!
- Why does Bob Dylan so like this track taken from Hotel California?
- Why does Dylan like Tim Hardin, Baltimore and Confidential?
- Why does dylan like Pontchartrain, Legend in my time, and Homeward Bound?
The art work on Dylan’s albums
- The art work on Bob Dylan’s albums: Self Portrait
- The art work for Dylan’s “World Gone Wrong”
- Full index of the 26 articles on the artwork on Dylan’s albums can be found here.
Dignity Regained: part 5 now published
- Dignity Part 1: A bloody mess
- Dignity Part II: You can never play too much Bob Wills
- Dignity Part III: One line brings up another
- Dignity part IV: I contain multitudes
- Dignity: part V – Nowhere to fade
Dylan the sideman – recordings where Bob was not centre stage
- Bob the sideman: playing with friends in the 80s
- Dylan the sideman: Bromberg, Booker T, Priscilla Jones, David Blue
- Bob Dylan: side man. Farina, von Schmidt and Bob
- Dylan with Belafonte, Hester and Big Joe Williams
- Dylan and Barry Goldberg
- Jack Elliott, Geoff Muldaur, Neill Young (plus Carolyn Hester)
- Dylan the sideman: working with Doug Sahm and the band
- The final sideman: the last selection of Dylan helping out his friends
Bob’s official videos
- Dylan’s videos: The Wilbury years
- Bob’s official videos: Oh Mercy and Red Sky & a masterpiece
- An emotionally tight connection in the night.
- The deal, dreaming of you, beyond here lies nothing.
- Must be Santa, Drummer Boy, Duquesne, the noir
- Sweetheart, Clean Cut Kid, Jokerman, Neil Young
- Dylan’s Rarities: Hang me, Hey Joe and Heartbeat
- Dylan’s Rarities: Nadine, More and More, Money Honey, Milkcow and Maggie
- The full index of these articles is here.
- Bob’s last performances of over 80 classic songs in a single video
Bob Dylan Showcase: write the music to a Dylan song
We are currently looking for musical accompaniments to
If you can write the music to either of these songs, please record it and send it to email@example.com If you don’t Tony will have to do it himself, and you don’t want that.
We also have
Our YouTube channel now has numerous play lists related to articles on this site.
- Youtube: Untold Dylan: The Youtube channel and…
- Facebook: “Untold Dylan” on Facebook with over 7000 active members.
Also because we don’t do political debates on our Facebook group there is a separate group for debating Bob Dylan’s politics – Icicles Hanging Down
Murder Most Foul
- “Murder Most Foul” Bob’s requiem delayed by almost 60 years
- Rough and Rowdy Ways – the article index
- Maggie’s Farm (1965) part I – Two forever young giants
- Maggie’s Farm (1965) part II – Even the president of the United States
Bob Dylan’s Blues
- Bob Dylan’s Blues (1962): part I – A Greatest Hit???
- Bob Dylan’s Blues (1962): part II – Come back to the five and dime, Jimmy Reed
- Bob Dylan’s Blues (1962): part III – Rebel with a cause
Bob Dylan and WH Auden
- As I went out one morning I bumped into WH Auden
- The threepenny opera: Bob Dylan and WH Auden
- Bob Dylan And WH Auden (Part III)
The story behind the art work of Bob Dylan’s albums
- The art work of Bob Dylan’s Street-Legal, and secret of the cover’s location
- The full index to the whole series of articles is here.
“Tell Ol’ Bill” is a favorite among hardcore Dylan fans like Tony Attwood at Untold Dylan, who called it “one of Dylan’s two greatest works of all time” and wrote a fascinating piece tracing its origins through several bootleg versions. As documented there, the singer tried a few approaches, from one version that echoes the groove of “Thunder on the Mountain” to another that’s more reminiscent of “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.” “Gradually,” Attwood writes, “Dylan moves towards the masterpiece that we have come to know.”
Thank you Rolling Stone. I knew you’d find us one day – Tony
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All of our main series of articles are listed with links to the individual articles in the indexes which are shown just below the picture at the top of the page.
And the book…
Jochen’s remarkable new book “Desolation Row” is available in English and in Dutch, both as a paperback and on Kindle. Details are on the UK Amazon site, or of course on the Amazon site for your country. Just search for “Desolation Row” by Joch Markhorst.
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