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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:

[In August of this year I’ll be publishing my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.

Or watch an arty video with audio of me reading from the novel here.

–- A Days of the Crazy-Wild blog post: sounds, visuals and/or news –-

Audio: Versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?’

Dylan in Columbia Studio A where both versions of “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” were cut.

Along with “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Positively 4th Street,” “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” was one of the first Bob Dylan songs I heard.

I was 12 years old and could totally relate to the anger and bitterness in Dylan’s voice.

The surreal lyrics, which have always reminded me of Salvador Dali and Picasso’s Cubist period, run through both “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?”

And of course the sound on those records was unlike anything else going on at the time.

Bob Dylan first tried recording “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” on July 30, 1965 while working on Highway 61 Revisited with a group of musicians that included Harvey Brooks (bass), Al Kooper (organ) and Michael Bloomfield (guitar).

There were two takes recorded that day, the second of which was mistakenly released as “Positively 4th Street” on September 7, 1965. I bought that single and have long loved that version of the song.

On October 5th, 1965, Dylan and The Hawks rerecorded the song, and that version was released as a single on December 21, 1965.

I’ve included those versions below, but also a number of interesting covers.

Each of these artists — the Hold Steady, Jimi Hendrix, The Vacels and Transvision Vamp — make the song their own.

I think the Transvision Vamp version is quite good, especially if you don’t try and compare it to the Dylan versions,

Bob Dylan (version that was mistakenly released as “Positively 4th Street”):

Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan and the Hawks:

Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

The Hold Steady:

Jimi Hendrix – Can You please Crawl Out Your Window (1967)

The Vacels

Transvision Vamp – Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window.flv

Dept. of the Strange: What Kurt Cobain Might Look Like Today, Plus John Lennon, Karen Carpenter & More

CGI technology imagines Kurt Cobain at age 46.

This is a weird one. I’ll let the folks who did this speak for themselves:

What might some of the rock ‘n’ roll era’s greatest stars have achieved and what might they look like now, if they had not died before their time? To explore these tantalizing questions, Sachs Media Group partnered with photo restoration and manipulation company Phojoe to create this gallery of images. It is a heartfelt tribute to the memory of beloved artists who helped shape generations of music fans, in order to keep their memory alive for future generations.

Here are some insights about the Kurt Cobain image:

Insights by Dr. Reebee Garofalo and Elijah Wald: “Given his aversion to celebrity, had Cobain lived he would likely have continued to work with Nirvana but also explored smaller, less commercial projects with other players, trying to recapture some of the anonymity and artistic freedom of his early years. He would probably have pursued artistic outlets offstage and behind the scenes, eschewing the limelight and using his fame to bring attention to young musicians on the cutting edge, as well as exploring his deep interest in Americana styles by producing and collaborating with older roots artists.”

Dr. Reebee Garofalo, a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he taught for 33 years. Dr. Garofalo is an internationally known scholar of popular music studies who has written numerous articles on music and politics, racism, censorship and the globalization of the music industry. Among his recent publications is Rockin’ Out: Popular Music in the U.S.A.
Elijah Wald, a musician and frequent writer about music, including more than ten years as world music writer for the Boston Globe. In recent years he has written books on such diverse subjects as Delta blues, Mexican drug ballads, hitchhiking and a broad social history of American popular music. He has authored eleven books, including How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music.

To see images of Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Karen Carpenter and others as they might look if they were still alive, head here.