The current and recent series…
You can see a list of the latest articles on the right side of this page, and also at the very foot of the page as well (just keep going down and down and down).
The Never Ending Tour Extended: Comparing recordings of Dylan performing his own compositions across the years, seeing how Bob’s feelings about the songs have changed over the years. Never Ending Tour Extended: It’s all over now baby blue
Other people’s songs: Performances by Dylan of traditional songs, and those written by others with explorations of their origins. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
Goodbye Jimmy Reed (2020): Part 12 (final). Once upon a time
Blind Willie McTell revisited: Dying Crapshooters Blues
A Dylan Cover a Day: Things have changed
The Never Ending Tour: NET 2018 part 2 The return of the Master Harpist
The lyrics and the music. An attempt to show that analyses of Dylan’s music that focus just on the lyrics can miss the point. High Water, a rise, a fall, a bounce, a flood
Bob Dylan’s Hymns: What is Really Sacred? Part 5: I’ve Made up my Mind to Give Myself to You; Ain’t Talkin
The Never Ending Tour – the absolute highlights – a totally personal view of some of the best moments from across the decades. Every Grain of Sand
Dylanesque – songs that are comparable to or inspired by the music of Dylan: Dylanesque: The Alpha Band. (Beware; the commentator goes totally over the top)
Every Dylan composition: It is extremely rare to find a new Dylan song – even if it is just a co-composition, but one more has now just come to light – which makes it 628 reviewed on this site: Don’t Make Her Cry
Dylan’s Opening Lines: A return to a theme we last looked at eight years or so ago. The final update taking us to over 100 opening lines is now published. Dylan’s 114 greatest opening lines: completing the list
Dylan’s Favourite songs: Bob has revealed the songs he likes the most, and we are taking a look at them, one at a time. The series is complete and the final article (including an index to the series) is Join Me in LA.
Album artwork: unique series that investigates with illustrations the stories behind Dylan’s album covers. Plus of course the in-depth investigations into individual Bob Dylan songs, some of which have since been republished as books, available from Amazon. Most recent: Shadows in the Night
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“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.”
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