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Video: Michael Goldberg & Henry Kaiser Do Neil Young

Michael Goldberg & Henry Kaiser, May 7, 2016.
Michael Goldberg & Henry Kaiser, May 7, 2016.

Last night (May 7, 2016) myself and the amazing experimental guitarist Henry Kaiser gave a reading to a standing-room-only audience at The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, CA.

Henry opened with a 20 minute solo electric guitar set of improvisations utilizing several guitars and a bank of effects pedals as well as a strange box that produced drum and bass based on what Henry played.

Then I joined Henry on the stage to read ten excerpts from my new rock ‘n’ roll coming-of-age novel, The Flowers Lied.

This reading was very special because Henry was accompanying me on guitar and machines. We had done this only once before, back in 2014, at Down Home Music. That was a great show, but it was totally different. Completely different vibe.

I read five longer excerpts with an “interlude” devoted to a musician or song between each. The first was about Skippy James and “I’m So Glad,” then Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” and Neil Young. Below you can hear “Interlude #4: Neil Young.”

For me, it was so very intense to stand there before the audience, all eyes on the two of us, and read words I’d spent more than six years perfecting. I had been reading my novel aloud as I wrote it. Every day for six years I read some of it aloud. Every page was read aloud and every revised page. I knew the sound of my words, my sentences, my paragraphs. I knew the rhythms of those sentences, and the music they make.

I had read in the privacy of my office. I had read before the members of three writers groups I was in: The Dangerous Writers group in Portland in 2008 and some of 2009 where all the early work got done, another group in Inverness, CA in late 2009 and 2010, and the group I led in Oakland and El Cerrito from late 2010 to late 2013.

And yet this was totally different. There really is nothing like reading before an audience in a public space, an audience silent because they want to hear the words and the music, the music of the words and the music of the music.

Here’s a taste of what went down. This is a brief excerpt from a chapter in which the narrator and his friend go to a Neil Young concert in late 1972. The first line is cut off. So I’ll tell you what it is:

“I dig Neil the most, beginning in his Buffalo Springfield days…”

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Video: Grateful Dead Live In Santa Clara 2015 – Four-Plus Hours – ‘Morning Dew’ & Much More

Trey does Jerry.
This past weekend the Grateful Dead with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio filling if for the late Jerry Garcia on lead guitar, played two two-set shows at the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Below are videos of most of the June 27 show, and the second set of the June 28 show.

Enjoy.

June 27, 2015 – first set:

June 27, 2015 – second set (most of the set but not all):

June 27, 2015 – second set, second to the last song – “Morning Dew”:

June 27, 2015 – set closer – “Casey Jones”:

June 28, 2015 – second set:


June 28, 2015 – most of sets 1 & 2:

June 27 set list:

Set One

Truckin’
Uncle John’s Band
Alligator
(Phil Lesh lead vocals)
Cumberland Blues
Born Cross-Eyed
Cream Puff War
(Trey Anastasio lead vocals)
Viola Lee Blues
(Cannon’s Jug Stompers cover)

Set Two

Cryptical Envelopment
(Phil Lesh lead vocals)
Dark Star
St. Stephen
(with William Tell bridge)
The Eleven
Turn On Your Love Light
(Bobby “Blue” Bland cover)
Drums
(with Mickey Hart on mbira)
What’s Become of the Baby?
(Phil Lesh lead vocals)
Space
The Other One
Morning Dew
(Bonnie Dobson cover)
Encore:
Casey Jones
(Bruce Hornsby lead vocals)

June 28 set list:

Set 1 (I don’t have video for this set)

Feel Like a Stranger
Minglewood Blues
(Cannon’s Jug Stompers cover)
Brown-Eyed Women
(Bruce Hornsby on lead vocals)
Loose Lucy
Loser
(Jerry Garcia song) (Bruce Hornsby on lead vocals)
Row Jimmy
Alabama Getaway
(lead vocal: Trey Anastasio)
Black Peter
Hell in a Bucket

Set 2

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Wharf Rat
Eyes of the World
He’s Gone
Drums
(with Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum)
Space
I Need a Miracle
Death Don’t Have No Mercy
(Reverend Gary Davis cover)
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

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Audio: Bob Dylan Sings ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ – May 5, 2015 – Houston, Texas

Previously three full songs – “Things Have Changed,” “Workingman’s Blues #2” and “Stay With Me” – plus some of “She Belongs To Me,” all from Bob Dylan’s show at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas on May 5, 2015, were posted at YouTube.

A few hours ago another song, “Blowin’ In The Wind,” from that show went online.

Here it is:

“Blowin’ In The Wind”:

If you missed the others, here they are:

“Things Have Changed” and some of “She Belongs To Me”:

“Workingman’s Blues #2”:

“Stay With Me”:

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Audio: Bob Dylan Live At The Majestic Theatre, May 7, 2015 – ‘Stay With Me’

Old photos NOT from the San Antonio gig.

One song from Bob Dylan’s performance at the Majestic Theatre, May 7, 2015, in San Antonio Texas.

“Stay With Me”:

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Audio: Bob Dylan Does ‘Things Have Changed,’ ‘Stay With Me’- April 25, 2015

This is an older photo – it’s NOT from the gig.

Three songs from Bob Dylan’s performance at Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC, on April 25, 2015.

“Things Have Changed”:

“Blowin’ In The Wind”:

“Stay With Me”:

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Video: Bob Dylan At Beacon Theater, 1990 – ‘Willin’,’ ‘Man In The Long Black Coat’ & More

Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theater, New York, October 17, 1990.

The concert begins 30 seconds into the video clip.

Set list

Absolutely Sweet Marie
Man In The Long Black Coat
Willin’
T.V. Talkin’ Song
Simple Twist Of Fate
Wiggle Wiggle
Man Of Constant Sorrow
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
Tangled Up In Blue
Joey
What Good Am I?
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
In The Garden
Like A Rolling Stone
The Times They Are A-Changin’
Highway 61 Revisited

[Last August I published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of the book. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

Audio: Bob Dylan & The Band In Concert, Jan. 15, 1974 – Listen Now!

Forty years ago, on January 15, 1974, Bob Dylan and The Band performed the first of two shows at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.

This was the sixth show of the tour.

Musicians:

Bob Dylan – acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals
Rick Danko – bass, vocals
Levon Helm – drums, vocals
Garth Hudson – organ, piano, synthesizer, clavinet
Richard Manuel – acoustic and electric pianos, organ, drums, vocals
Robbie Robertson – lead guitar

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Video: Bob Dylan In Concert, Madison Square Garden Arena, 2001

A decade and a half ago Bob Dylan was still filling his sets songs from his past.

On November 19, 2001 he brought his band to the Madison Square Garden Arena in New York and performed a set that included songs from many of the albums he recorded in the ’60s and early ’70s.

Someone was nice enough to share this very cool video of the show:

Set List:

Wait For The Light To Shine
It Ain’t Me, Babe
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Searching For A Soldier’s Grave
Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
Just Like A Woman
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Lonesome Day Blues
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Tangled Up In Blue
John Brown
Summer Days
Sugar Baby
Drifter’s Escape
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Things Have Changed
Like A Rolling Stone
Forever Young
Honest With Me
Blowin’ In The Wind
All Along The Watchtower

Audio: Stream/Download Angel Olsen Live At The Bowery Ballroom, Dec. 9, 2014

Angel Olsen is one of my favorite contemporary artists. Thanks to Doom & Gloom at the Tomb and NYC Taper we get to hear her recent set at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.

You can steam the set below or head to NYCTaper and download as MP3s or Flacs.

Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness was in my best-of list for 2014.

Stream the complete set:

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Video: Bob Dylan & The Band Open 1974 Tour with ‘Hero Blues’

Forty-one years ago, Bob Dylan and The Band opened their historic 1974 tour with “Hero Blues,” an unreleased Dylan song that he recorded in 1962 during The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan sessions but left off the album.

The show took place at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois.

Here are versions recorded during The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan sessions:

Take one:

Take two:

Tale four:

Lyrics:

Yes, the gal I got
I swear she’s the screaming end
She wants me to be a hero
So she can tell all her friends

Well, she begged, she cried
She pleaded with me all last night
Well, she begged, she cried
She pleaded with me all last night
She wants me to go out
And find somebody to fight

She reads too many books
She got new movies inside her head
She reads too many books
She got movies inside her head
She wants me to walk out running
She wants me to crawl back dead

You need a different kinda man, babe
One that can grab and hold your heart
Need a different kind of man, babe
One that can hold and grab your heart
You need a different kind of man, babe
You need Napoleon Boneeparte

Well, when I’m dead
No more good times will I crave
When I’m dead
No more good times will I crave
You can stand and shout hero
All over my lonesome grave

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