Author Archives: TonyAttwood

‘Masked and Anonymous’ and Today’s Dispossessed and Disoriented

This article originally appeared in Pop Matters and is reprinted by permission of the author By Christopher John Stephens Here’s a pitch for a documentary about Bob Dylan to be released only after his eventual death. It’s a hybrid cousin … Continue reading

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Another Dylan song found: “Riding on the train” which is NOT “Ride this train”

By Tony Attwood with very many thanks to Tim Johnson On our listing of Dylan songs we have a piece called “Ride this train”.   That is a 1986 song, and I’ve dropped the recording in at the end of this … Continue reading

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Tombstone Blues (1965) part IV    Medicine Man

by Jochen Markhorst Tombstone Blues (1965) part I: Daddy’s looking for the fragmentation bomb’s fuse Tombstone Blues part II: Duck back down Tombstone Blues (1965) III         Let’s Go Get Stoned IV         Medicine Man The hysterical bride in the penny arcade … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan  And Fearful Symmetry (Part VIII)

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) … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: The Lost Bar Mitzvah Tapes

By Gabriel Emanuel Pastor Wendell Helgason of the Wesley United Methodist Church, in Hibbing, Minnesota discovered a rare artifact in the basement of the Church last Easter Sunday. It was an audio tape recording from the days before the Church … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Ricky Nelson

By Aaron Galbraith I came across this interview with Bob today and thought this question and answer was worth investigating! In an interview published in bobdylan.com Bob was asked to pick a favorite song by another artist that mentions his … Continue reading

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Tombstone Blues (1965) III         Let’s Go Get Stoned

Tombstone Blues (1965) part I: Daddy’s looking for the fragmentation bomb’s fuse Tombstone Blues part II: Duck back down by Jochen Markhorst   III         Let’s Go Get Stoned Let a deck of cards be my tombstone I got the dyin’ … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Fearful Symmetry (Part VII)

By Larry Fyffe 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 … Continue reading

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After the river: Bob, it’s good to see you’ve got your mojo back

by Tony Attwood This is episode 21 of the series “All Directions at Once” which reviews Dylan’s work across time as a continuing stream of creativity, rather than a set of isolated individual songs.  An index to the series appears … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s ‘The Nobel Lecture’ Requires a Tolerance for Sentimentality

This article by Christopher John Stephens first appeared in Pop Matters. It’s unlikely that Bob Dylan will retire anytime soon and take up a career as a Professor of Literature, and that’s one of the more refreshing conclusions we can … Continue reading

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Tombstone Blues part II: Duck back down

by Jochen Markhorst Tombstone Blues (1965) part I: Daddy’s looking for the fragmentation bomb’s fuse II          Duck back down We probably owe the oh-la-la-connotation of The Alley to Little Richard. And he, again, owes it to a spindly adolescent girl … Continue reading

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Dylan’s unnoticed Murder Ballad

by John Henry Dylan’s roots in the traditions of folk music have ensured that murder ballads feature regularly in his repertoire. Ballads are songs that tell a story and murder ballads are songs where the story is about a murder. … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Fearful Symmetry (Part VI)

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) by Larry Fyffe A mythology is … Continue reading

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“You can’t give Bob Dylan crisps” The story of Bob Dylan, before the show.

Chris McHallem, a regular reader of Untold Dylan recently recorded a piece for RTE 1, which is the main Radio station in Ireland. It is a speech station, which Chris suggests is the equivalent to BBC Radio 4 in the … Continue reading

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Tombstone Blues (1965) part I: Daddy’s looking for the fragmentation bomb’s fuse

by Jochen Markhorst I           Daddy’s looking for the fragmentation bomb’s fuse In the Collier’s Weekly of 1 September 1928, at the height of the Prohibition, star journalist John T. Flynn devotes an extensive article to the enormous success of the … Continue reading

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Watch the river flow in all directions at once. Bob Dylan in 1971.

By Tony Attwood Apologies if you found the formatting on this article problematic near the end.  I think it is fixed now.  Tony ——– This article continues from 1971: When I paint that masterpiece I’ll be ready to tour again … Continue reading

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Greatest ever “Hard Rain” – Never Ending Tour, 1994, Part 2: Absolutely Vintage Dylan Again

This is episode 21 of the Never Ending Tour series by Mike Johnson (Kiwipoet) A full index of all the articles in the Never Ending Tour series is given here. This and the previous post are dedicated to the songs … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Fearful Sympathy (Part V)

By Larry Fyffe 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) As the story goes so far …. According to the … Continue reading

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Catnip for Completists: The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings

This article by Christopher John Stephens was first published in PopMatters and is republished with the author’s permission. ———- The risk for any completist is that even the possibility that we have collected everything available from an artist is not … Continue reading

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Dylan and the RPO

by Aaron Galbraith. Back in 2015 RCA & Legacy Records had a massive worldwide hit album, “If I Can Dream,” using the original vocals of Elvis Presley and newly recorded backing tracks from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This led to … Continue reading

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