Video/Audio: Bob Dylan’s Full 1965 Newport Set – ‘Phantom Engineer,’ ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ & More

Bob Dylan at Newport, 1965.

OK, so we know this day, 49 years ago, was historic. Bob Dylan going public with his new electric rock ‘n’ roll sound.

We all know the story. We all know the different versions of the story.

What remains amazing is the music.

Here Dylan rock out through “Maggie’s Farm,” “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Phantom Engineer,” an early version of “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry.”

This music will be as alive as anyone until humans are no more.

What a gift that we can hear this music today.

“Maggie’s Farm” at Newport”:

“Like A Rolling Stone” at Newport:


Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone (Live… by toma-uno

“Phantom Engineer” (early version of “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry”):

Bob Dylan – Folk Rogue – 10 – Phantom Engineer (newport Folk Festival, Ri July 25, 1965, W Butterfield Blues Band) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Mr. Tambourine Man”:

Bob Dylan – Folk Rogue – 15 – Mr Tambourine Man (e Harmonica Version) (newport Folk Festival, Ri July 25, 1965) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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Video: The Hold Steady Perform ‘I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You’ On ‘Conan’

Last night The Hole Steady delivered this blistering performance of the excellent “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You,” which is on the equally excellent Teeth Dreams.

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Awesome Early ’60s Bob Dylan Photos Get Show in South Haven — See the Photos Now!

Bob Dylan and John Sebastian at Village Cafe in Woodstock, New York in 1964. Photo by Douglas R. Gilbert.

In 1964 Douglas R. Gilbert got the once-in-a-lifetime assignment to photograph Bob Dylan up in Woodstock, and elsewhere, for Look magazine.

Look never ran the photos, but now they will be exhibited at the South Haven Center for the Arts at 600 Phoenix Rd, South Haven Charter Township, MI 49090.

You can see four of them here.v

But the mother lode is at Gilbert’s website, where you can view 46 of the photos right now!

There are superb photos of Dylan with Allen Ginsberg, John Sebastian, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Sally Grossman — wife of Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman — who was later in the cover photo for Bringing It All Back Home.

Here’s what’s on Gilbert’s website about the photos:

In July of 1964, one year before his music changed from acoustic to electric, I photographed Bob Dylan for LOOK magazine. I spent time with him at his home in Woodstock, New York, in Greenwich Village, and at the Newport Folk Festival. The story was never published. After reviewing the proposed layout, the editors declared Dylan to be “too scruffy for a family magazine” and killed the story.

Some of the photos were used for The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall.

And they appeared in the excellent book: “Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan‚ by Douglas R. Gilbert.”

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Video: Bob Dylan Does ‘Blind WIllie McTell’ in Columbia, MD – July 23, 2013

Blurry, but it’s Him.

One year ago, Bob Dylan and band performed “Blind WIllie McTell” at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD on July 23, 2103.

Cool version.

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Watch New Spoon Videos for ‘Do you’ & ‘Inside Out’

New videos from Spoon in anticipation of the album, They Want My Soul, out August 5.

“Do You”:

“Inside Out”:

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Video: Eddie Vedder, Cat Power Sing ‘Tonight You Belong To Me’ in Portugal + ‘The Neede & The Damage Done’

Eddie Vedder & Cat Power.

After a couple of minutes of talking, Eddie Vedder and Cat Power sing “Tonight You Belong to Me” and then Vedder sings “The Needle and the Damage Done.”

This happened at this past weekend’s Super Bock Super Rock in Portugal.

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Audio: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Do 15 Min. ‘Down By The River’ – March 1, 1970

Neil Young, early ’70s. Photo by Michael Goldberg.

This is a hot live version of “Down By The River” performed by Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the Boston Tea Party, Boston, MA
on March 1, 1970.

Fifteen minutes!!

Fourteen years later, on September 27, 1984 at the Quality Seal Amphitheatre at the World’s Fair, New Orleans, LA, before playing the song, Neil Young said:

I’d like to sing you a song about a guy who had a lot of trouble controlling himself. He let the dark side side come thru a little too bright.
One afternoon he took a little stroll down thru a field and thru a forest, ’til he could hear the water running along there. And he met his woman down there. And he told her she’d been cheatin’ on him one too many times. And he reached down in his pocket and he pulled a little revolver out. Said “honey I hate to do this but you pushed me too far”.

By the time he got back to town he knew he had to answer to somebody pretty quick. He went back to his house and he sat down on his front porch. About two hours later the sheriff’s car pulled up out front. It started sinkin’ in on him what he’d done. The sheriff walked up the sidewalk, he said “come with me son, I want to ask you a few questions”.

As he heard the jail door shut behind him he sat down on a little wooden bench. And he looked out of the door – thru those bars – at this kind of wimpy looking sheriff out there. He started getting mad again and he realized what he had done.

There wasn’t nothing he could do about it now though. He just sat down and put his head down and he started thinking to himself “I’m all by myself here, there’s nobody on my side…..”

Thanks to Thrasher’s Wheat for this quote!

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Video: Bonnie Raitt Sings Bob Dylan’s ‘Million Miles’ – July 21, 2014 – Copenhagen, Denmark

A year ago, on July 21, 2013, Bonnie Raitt performed Bob Dylan’s “Million Miles” in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The song appeared on her 2012 album, Slipstream, as did Dylan’s “Standing in the Doorway.”

Studio version:

Another live version, this one performed at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, on May 9, 2012:
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Audio/ Video: The Many Versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ – 1965, 1966, 1969 & More

Forty-nine years ago, on July 20, 1965, one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll records was released.

Bob Dylan’s revolutionary “Like A Rolling Stone” soon raged from across the country, and the world was a different place.

Here, then, are some of Bob Dylan’s many performances of the song.

The original:

Live at Newport, July 25, 1965:


Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone (Live… by toma-uno

Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Queens, NY, August 28, 1965:

Like A Rolling Stone (live) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Manchester, May 17, 1966:

Like a Rolling Stone [Live] by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Royal Albert Hall, London, England, May 26, 1966:

Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Isle of Wight, Wootton, England, August 31, 1969:

Like a Rolling Stone (Live at the Isle of Wight) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan and The Band, Academy of Music, New York, December 31, 1971:

Bob Dylan and The Band, Oakland Coliseum, February 1974:

like a rolling stone by Bob Dylan & The Band on Grooveshark

Los Angeles, January 6, 1978:

San Francisco, Nov., 15, 1980:

Like A Rolling Stone (San Francisco, Nov. 15, 1980) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Bob Dyland with Mick Taylor, Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy on May 28 or 29, 1984 (There’s an interview and then it goes into the song):

Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, 1986:

Like A Rolling Stone (live 86) by Bob Dylan and Tom Petty on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Greek Theater, University of California, Berkeley, California, June 10, 1988:

And, finally, here’s Jimi Hendrix covering “Like A Rolling Stone” in his own unique and amazing way:

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