Over 2200 articles and over 9000 comments on Bob Dylan including reviews of 626 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. 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
The listings below showing some of our current themes was last updated on 30 April 2021
*Latest song added to the list of Dylan compositions: “You don’t have to do that”
Start of a new series
The Gates of Eden in depth
Background: The Multiple Gates of Eden
- Gates Of Eden part I: The Lady In The Water
- Gates Of Eden part II: As if he was just taking dictation
- Gates Of Eden part III: Hello lamppost, nice to see ya
- Gates Of Eden part IV: Out of the depths have I cried
- Gates Of Eden part V: A wedding-cake left out in the rain
- Gates Of Eden part VI: The cowpuncher and the Golden Calf
- Gates Of Eden part VII: She-devils and wild angels
- Gates Of Eden: VIII. When everyone’s super… no one will be
- Gates Of Eden part IX: I’m The Greatest
- Gates Of Eden part X: Domus ad orientem solem
- Gates of Eden part XI: Forever Young
California Brown Eyed Baby
- California Brown Eyed Baby – another musical setting of the Dylan song.
- Another incomplete Dylan song
Beautiful Obscurity and the Covers Index
- Over 200 of the greatest cover recordings of Dylan songs (with more to come)
- Latest in the series: Hollis Brown, and why does it all have to be like this?
- The album of extraordinary rarities now has its own page.
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. The full index is here.
- Never Ending Tour, 1997, part 1. The Lonely Graveyards of the Mind
- Never Ending Tour 1997, part 2: Hanging onto a Shadow
- Never Ending Tour 1997, part 3: I came in from the wilderness
- Never Ending Tour 1997, part 4: Like so many times before
Bob Dylan and the Property of Jesus
Bob Dylan’s ongoing critique of social injustice
- Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War Part 1
- Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War Part 2
- Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War Part 3
- Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War Part 4
All Directions at Once:
- The full index
- All Directions 49: the end of constant Christianity
- AD50: 1981 – farewell to the Almighty, welcome back Bob
- AD51: Dylan post Angelina: step by step it’s falling apart in all directions at once.
- AD52: Dylan heads towards the foot of pride
- AD 53: All Directions at once, tangled up
Love is just a four letter word (this series is complete)
- Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word (1965): 1 – Anything goes
- Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word: Part II: Can ya dig this?
- Love is just a four-letter word – Part III: Good and evil are but four-letter words, too
- Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word – Part IV: Tennessee
- Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word (Part V): Are you going away with no word of farewell?
- Love is just a four letter word Part VI: You been double-dealing
- Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word; Part VII: Now I understand
- Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word. Part VIII: But it’s all over now
- Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word: Part IX: I sit and watch the children play
Bob Dylan and Thomas Hardy
This series is concluded and the full index is here
Bob Dylan Showcase
- Our Prodigal Son: another venture for the Untold Dylan Showcase
- Another incomplete Dylan song, completed: California Brown Eyed Baby
- Untold Showcase. Inspired by Murder Most Foul: ‘Marilyn Monroe – Endless Night’
The mythology of Bob Dylan
- The Mythology Of Bob Dylan
- Bob Dylan’s Mythology (Part II)
- Bob Dylan And His Mythology (Part III): Emily Dickinson And The Door
- The Mythology Of Bob Dylan (Part IV): Arthur Rimbaud
- Bob Dylan And His Mythology (Part V)
Bob Dylan and the Three Cranes
True Love Tends to Forget
- Dylan’s Ways to Leave His Lovers
- The Wandering Kind: good groove, strong hook.
- The Bob Dylan Twist Continuedfoi
Considering More Than Flesh and Blood
Bob Dylan and Stephen Crane
- Bob Dylan and Stephen Crane (part I)
- Bob Dylan And Stephen Crane (Part II)
- Bob Dylan And Stephen Crane (Part III)
- Bob Dylan and Stephen Crane (Part IV)
The art work of Bob Dylan’s albums
Full index of the articles on the artwork on Dylan’s albums can be found here.
- Blonde On Blonde: The Artwork
- Who are those people on the John Wesley Harding album?
- The artwork to the “Dylan” album
- New Morning: the art work
Who Died on the Cross
- Part I: Bob Dylan: Who Died On The Cross Anyway?
- Bob Dylan: Who Died On The Cross Anyway? (Part II)
- Bob Dylan: Who Died On The Cross Anyway? (Part III)
- Bob Dylan: Who Died On The Cross Anyway? (Part IV)
- Arthur Rimbaud: The Discovery of Two New Portraits of the Planetary Poet-laureate.
- Arthur Rimbaud: The Discovery of Two New Portraits of the Planetary Poet-laureate. Part 2
Jet Pilot: the series is now complete
Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Judy Collins sings Bob
- Judy Collins sings Bob Dylan, and why I appreciate it so much
- Time Passes Slowly, but how gorgeous were those alternatives
An Encounter with Bob and his band
- An Encounter with Bob and his band in Belfast. May 6th, 1966.
- An Encounter with Bob and his band in Belfast: part 2
One song to the tune of another
- One song to the tune of another: a new look at Dylan
- One song to the tune of another 2: Forever Young
- One song to tune of another 3: Shooting Star (and a Rocket Man)
- One song to the tune of another: One More Night.
- The full index of these articles is here.
- A series of dreams: the video – who and how.
- Blood, Not Dark, Wonder Boys, Gods and Generals
- Oh Mercy, Red Sky and a masterpiece
- The deal, Dreaming of you, Here lies nothing
- Bob Dylan: the official videos – an emotionally tight connection in the night
- Dylan’s official vids: Sweetheart, Clean Cut Kid, Jokerman, and Neil Young
- Dylan’s videos: The Wilbury years
- An emotionally tight connection in the night.
- Must be Santa, Drummer Boy, Duquesne, the noir
- Is the Great Cashout also the Great Renunciation?
- New owners of Bob’s songs announce their position on political correctness
- Bob Dylan And Isaac Singer
- Scorsese and Dylan: A Match Made in Fantasy
- A gift from Bob
- 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
This series is now complete and there is a full index of the articles here.
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?f
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
If you can write the music to either of these songs, please record it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
“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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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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