Audio: Bob Dylan at Carnegie Hall, 1963 – ‘Seven Curses,’ ‘Percy’s Song,’ ‘Masters of War’ & More

Fifty-one years ago, on October 26, 1963, Bob Dylan performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Below you can listen to many of the songs he performed that night.

“The Times They Are A-Changin'”:

The Times They Are A-Changin' by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Ballad of Hollis Brown”:

Ballad Of Hollis Brown (Live) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Boots Of Spanish Leather”:

Boots Of Spanish Leather (Live) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Lay Down Your Weary Tune”:

Lay Down Your Weary Tune by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Percy’s Song”:

“Seven Curses”:

“North Country Blues”:

North Country Blues (Live) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”:

Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall (live at Carnegie Hall New York City 1963) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”:

Don't Think Twice It's Alright by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“With God On Our Side”:

With God On Our Side by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Only A Pawn In Their Game”:

Only A Pawn In Their Game by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark
“Masters Of War”:

“The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll”:

The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“When The Ship Comes In”:

When The Ship Comes In (live at Carnegie Hall New York City 1963) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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R.I.P. Dept.: Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead At 71

Cover of Jack Bruce’s first post-Cream solo album.

Jack Bruce, who is best known as the bassist, singer, co-founder and chief songwriter of the ’60s psychedelic blues-rock trio, Cream, died Saturday at his home in Suffolk, England.

He was 71 years old.

In Cream, the group he formed in July 1966 with Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Backer, Bruce wrote the hits “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room” and “I Feel Free.”

Cream recorded four albums — Fresh Cream (1966), Disraeli Gears (1967), Wheels of Fire (1968) and Goodbye (1969) — and broke up in November 1968.

The cause of Bruce’s death has not yet been revealed.

Bruce suffered from liver disease, according to an obit posted on The Guardian‘s website:

Bruce’s life had been marked by health and financial troubles. In the late 1970s he struggled with drug addiction, and worked as a session musician to make money. In 2003 he was diagnosed with liver cancer, and that September he underwent a transplant. His body initially rejected the new liver, and Bruce almost died, but he recovered well enough to return to performance in 2004.

A statement from his family said: “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father and granddad and all-round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

Read The Guardian obit here.

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Video: Neil Young in Philadelphia – Oct. 2014 – ‘Plastic Flowers,’ ‘Ohio,’ ‘Thrasher,’ ‘Heart Of Gold’ & More

Neil Young in Philadelphia.

Neil Young played at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on October 8 and 9, 2014. I’ve got a bunch of videos from those shows, plus a new song from an earlier show in Boston.

There are two new songs here: “Plastic Flowers” and “When I Watch You Sleeping.”

“Thrasher,” Oct. 8, 2014:

“Thrasher,” Oct. 9, 2014:

“Plastic Flowers,” Oct. 9:

“Ohio,” Oct. 8:

“Heart of Gold,” Oct. 8:

“Old Man,” Oct. 8:

Plus another new song from Boston’s Wang Theater, October 6, 2014:

“When I Watch You Sleeping”:

“Southern Man”:

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Video: Bon Iver Does Bob Dylan’s ‘With God On Our Side’ – Oregon, 2011

Bon Iver performs Bob Dylan’s “With God on Our Side” at McMenamin’s Edgefield in Troutdale, OR on September 24, 2011.

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Audio: Listen to Eight Bob Dylan ‘Basement Tapes Complete’ Songs – ‘900 Miles From My Home,’ ‘Tupelo’ & More

Photo by Elliott Landy

Coming Nov. 4 is the long-awaited The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11. While we wait for the 6-CD set, here are four songs you may not have heard — or if you heard them, not in this quality audio.

“900 Miles From My Home”:

“Tupelo”:

“Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread”:

“Ain’t No More Cane (Take 2)”:

“Dress It Up, Better Have It All”:

“Lo and Behold!”:

“Odds & Ends”:

“Don’t Ya Tell Henry”:

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Audio: Listen to Bob Dylan’s Full Set at The Tivoli – Australia 2014 – ‘Love Sick,’ ‘She Belongs To Me’ & Much More

Here’s Bob Dylan’s full set at The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia, Aug. 27, 2014.

This was a relatively small and intimate performance.

Set List:

1 Things Have Changed – Live at the Tivoli 2014

2 She Belongs to Me- Live at the Tivoli 2014

3 Waiting for You – Live at the Tivoli 2014

4 Workingman’s Blues #2 – Live at the Tivoli 2014

5 Duquesne Whistle – Live at the Tivoli 2014

6 Pay in Blood – Live at the Tivoli 2014

7 Tangled Up in Blue – Live at the Tivoli 2014

8 Love Sick – Live at the Tivoli 2014

9 High Water (For Charlie Patton) – Live at the Tivoli 2014

10 Girl From the North Country – Live at the Tivoli 2014

11 Cry a While – Live at the Tivoli 2014

12 Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum – Live at the Tivoli 2014

13 Lonesome Day Blues – Live at the Tivoli 2014

14 Thunder on the Mountain – Live at the Tivoli 2014

15 Ballad of a Thin Man – Live at the Tivoli 2014

16 All Along the Watchtower [Encore] – Live at the Tivoli 2014

17 Blowin’ in the Wind [Encore] – Live at the Tivoli 2014

18 Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ – Live at the Tivoli 2014

19 Tryin’ to Get to Heaven – Live at the Tivoli 2014

Plus from another show:

20 Forgetful Heart

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Audio/Video: Michael Goldberg Reads From ‘True Love Scars’ at LitQuake 2014

Yeah that’s me, reading at LitQuake 2014. Photo from video shot by Jackie Bryan.

What a night!

It was billed as the “Rock ‘n’ Soul Circus: A Cavalcade of Stars,” and it featured a great group of music journalists, rock critics and musicians who each read from recent books or from books that haven’t been published yet.

It was held at The Make-Out Room, an atmospheric rock club in San Francisco’s Mission District, and that club was the perfect venue.

I’d never read in a club before, and it was a thrill.

A video excerpt of me reading — the first word, “She,” is cut off (video shot by Jackie Bryan). I had to sub in audio for the last part of this clip and so the audio and video stops syncing. But you’ll get the idea. Or just list to the entire audio clip below.

Reading at a book store is great, don’t get me wrong, but a cool club is really set up to highlight the performers.

When you’re standing on that stage, the stage lights making it impossible to see the audience, a microphone in front of you, it’s hard not to feel like a rock star.

Crazy I know, but it did feel a bit like that.

A stage, stage lighting, a PA system, a near capacity crowd of over 100 people fueled by alcohol — perfect for rock ‘n’ roll stories about the guy who discovered Van Morrison, the importance of Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville, the trials of making Dino Valenti’s 1968 self-titled solo album, Motley Crue’s crazy antics and more.

I read from my new novel, “True Love Scars,” and you can listen to the audio below.

I love how author Denise Sullivan, who organized the event, introduced me:

He interviewed everybody, everybody you’d want to read an interview with, he interviewed them. OK, so that’s part of his story. Another part of his story. Does anyone remember the dawn of the Internet? We didn’t have Internet and then we had the Internet? Remember that? He basically invented music journalism on the Web. OK, so that’s another distinction of our next author, whose latest book is ‘True Love Scars.’ But the reason that he lives large in my imagination, and this is true, he is the guy – he doesn’t know I’m going to say this — he snuck recording equipment past security so he could do the jailhouse interview iwht Rick James. Can I get a hand for him for that. Michael Goldberg!

Audio of my reading:

The other writers: University of San Francisco professor/ former rock critic Gina Arnold (author of the book “Exile In Guyville”), former San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Joel Selvin (“Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues”), Kerouac/Grateful Dead biographer Dennis McNally (“A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead”), musician Bruce Cockburn (“Rumours of Glory”), rock journalist and author Denise Sullivan (“Shaman’s Blues: The Art and Influences Behind Jim Morrison and the Doors”), rock historian and college teacher Richie Unterberger (“Jingle Jangle Morning: Folk-Rock in the 1960s”) and best-selling authors Keith and Kent Zimmerman (“Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire”).

Camper Van Beethoven cofounder Victor Krummenacher performed a short but tremendous two-song set. After hearing his transformation of Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home,” I immediately bought his CD with that song on it.

Some of the rock critics and music writers and musicians who read at the LitQuake event.

Thanks to Jackie Bryan for the video!!!

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Video: Bob Dylan Plays ‘All Along The Watchtower,’ ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ & More in Seattle

Bob Dylan and play “All Along the Watchtower” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” and more this past Friday night in Seattle at the Paramount Theater.

Here’s a review of the show headlined: “The Legendary Bob Dylan Mesmerizes fans at The Paramount.”

“Long And Wasted Years”:

“Scarlet Town”:

“Spirit In The Water”:

“High Water (for Charley Patton)”:

‘Tangled Up In Blue”:

“All Along the Watchtower” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”:

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Video: Neil Young, Nicolette Larson Sing Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’

Neil Young, 1991.

Here’s a 1991 performance by Neil Young and Nicolette Larson at the 1991 Bridge School benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.

They duet on Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.”

Young plays his old pump organ.

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Video: Watch Trailer For ‘R.E.M. By MTV’ Documentary

Here’s the trailer from the upcoming “R.E.M. By MTV” documentary that will be included in the 6-DVD REMTV set due November 24.

The documentary will also air on MTV and VH1 in November.

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