A list of our recent posts appears in the right hand column, near the top. But in case you can’t see that (for example if reading this site on a mobile phone) that list of the most recent articles, with links, also appears at the foot of this column.
In both (right column and foot of this page) you can find a search button to seek out a particular article although please note that this does not work with apostrophes (for reasons that will not become clear at this point).
Below are the series which have recently had articles added. Other series are listed above under the picture. You can find out more about our authors on the Untold Writers page. If you would like to write for Untold Dylan please email your article (ideally as a word file) to Tony@schools.co.uk
Series which have been completed in the past are now saved in Untold Themes.
The Never Ending Tour
This series charts the NET from its origins in 1987 to the present day, with multiple examples of Dylan’s performances through the period in question. We have reached 2001. The full index is here.
All Directions at once: the ebbs and flows of Dylan’s songwriting.
- The latest episode is All Directions at once: Where Bob Dylan went after “Tell Ol Bill”
Cold Irons Bound
- Cold Irons Bound (1997) part 1: Dear Dr Ralph
- Cold Irons Bound (1997) part 2: To live is to be alone
- Cold Irons Bound (1997) part 3: He who is alone now, will long so remain
- Cold Irons Bound (1997) part 4: Little Boy Lost
- Cold Irons Bound (1997) part 5: A very ornate, beautiful box
- Cold Irons Bound (1997) part 6 (finale): The cat’s in the stew
Bob Dylan and the Dylanvinci Code. An index to all the articles in the series appears at the start of each article. The latest article is Bob Dylan And The DylavincI Code (Part X)
Beautiful Obscurity – comparing the cover versions
- Abandoned Love
- Absolutely Sweet Marie
- All along the watchtower
- Boots of Spanish Leather
- Blind Willie McTell
- Girl from the north country”
- Every Grain of Sand, worked, re-worked, and worked again
- Hollis Brown, and why does it all have to be like this?
- The Hour that the ship comes in
- John Brown (but not beautiful)
- Just like a woman
- The man in me
- One more one more one more cup of coffee
- Only a Pawn in their Game: the unique cover versions
- Subterranean Homesick Blues
- Watching the River Flow
- You angel you
The art work of Bob Dylan’s albums
Full index of the articles on the artwork on Dylan’s albums can be found here.
- Good as I’ve been to you
- The art work on Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II
- Blood on the Tracks
- Blonde On Blonde: The Artwork
- Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid: the art work
Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
- Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream Part 1: There’s very little that you can’t imagine not happening
- Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream (1965) part 2 – Blow Boys Blow
- Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream (1965) part 3: Your waitress: Captain America
- Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream (1965) part 4: I knew Thomas Jefferson
- Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream part 5: Almost like a Buster Keaton or something
- Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream (1965) part 6: Caput vel cauda
Dylan re-writes Dylan
- Dylan re-writes Dylan: Hard Rain and Ring them Bells
- Dylan re-writes Dylan: Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar
- We better talk this over
Early Roman Kings
- Early Roman Kings (2012) part I: Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
- Early Roman Kings (2012) part II: Anything goes
- Early Roman Kings (2012) part III: He had a left like Henry’s hammer
- Early Roman Kings (2012) part IV: You can ring my bell, ring my bell
- Early Roman Kings (2012) part V: I will massacre you
- Early Roman Kings (2012) part VI: The beauty of the flames
Bob Dylan: Cooking up more mythologies
The final episode was published at
and contains a full index to the series.
All Directions at Once
- All Directions 60: After the interregnum, the compositions of 1996
- 1996 Part 2
- All Directions at once 62: 1997. Still Completing the masterpiece
- All Directions 63: Completing Time out of Mind
- All Directions at once 64: Something borrowed something blue
- The full index is here.
On the road again
- On The Road Again (1965) part I: I don’t know why everyone is so rude
- On The Road Again (1965) part 2: The shitting Pope
- On The Road Again (1965) part 3: A handsome Malacca sword-cane
- On The Road Again (1965) part 4 (conclusion)
Dylan’s nominations and awards
- Best contemporary folk album
- Bob Dylan’s Grammies: Album of the year 1998 – Time out of mind
- Bob’s Grammy Nominations and Wins
- Bob’s Grammy Nominations and Wins 2: Best male rock vocal 1980!
- Best rock vocal performance (male)
- 2007 Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
- Reading Bob Dylan
- Bob Dylan In Search of Eden
- From Hard Times in New York to Desolation Row
- Bob Dylan And Joseph Drake
- From Hard Times in New York to Desolation Row
- Dylan’s Ways to leave his lovers
- Why is “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” on Dylan’s Break-up album?
- Dylan’s unnoticed murder ballad
- Three Scottish songs and their influence on Dylan
“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.
Would you like to contribute an article to Untold Dylan?
I’m always interested in receiving new ideas and new articles which fit into our remit of providing new insights and thoughts on Dylan. If you would like to join in, please either send me your idea, or alternatively a whole article as a word file attached to an email.
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