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Live: The Dylan-Kerouac Connection

Jack Kerouac (left) and Bob Dylan.

To celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday, a very special event, “The Dylan-Kerouac Connection,” will be held in Berkeley, CA on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Former Rolling Stone Senior Writer/ West Coast Music Editor Michael Goldberg and acclaimed Bay Area singer/guitarist Johnny Harper will be collaborating on a night of words about and music by Bob Dylan.

Goldberg will read from his new essay, “Bob Dylan’s Beat Visions (Sonic Poetry),” which has just been published in the book “Kerouac On Record” (Bloomsbury). Harper will perform exciting solo versions of “Desolation Row,” “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” Mr. Tambourine Man,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and more!

The two set evening will begin at 7:30 pm at The Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Goldberg’s essay focuses on how Jack Kerouac and other Beat writers had a profound influence on the songwriting of Bob Dylan. In reviewing “Kerouac On Record,” Mojo magazine wrote: “Among the strongest in a strong lot are Michael Goldberg’s examination of Dylan’s lit roots and Kerouac’s own musicological piece — ‘The Beginning Of Bop’ – that attempts to capture jazz in words – and succeeds.”

Johnny Harper is a well-known Bay Area singer, lead guitarist, songwriter, bandleader, arranger, and producer of recordings and concerts.

Harper has been known, for many years, for leading rockin’ bands (Johnny Harper & Carnival and the earlier Hot Links) specializing in the joyous, upbeat, and funky New Orleans R&B sound – the music of artists like Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, the Meters/ Neville Brothers, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, and many more. He lived in New Orleans for several years at one point, soaking up the Crescent City’s magic first-hand.

In addition to his work in bands, Johnny is a powerful solo performer, accompanying himself in complex lead/rhythm and finger-picking styles on electric and acoustic guitars. He is a veteran performer in a wider range of American roots music styles – blues and gospel, vintage rock and classic country, R&B/ soul, traditional and contemporary folk, and more. He is an expert on the music of The Band, and knows over 100 Bob Dylan songs! And he is a born storyteller whose comments on the music are by turns moving and highly entertaining.

The show will take place at: The Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA. Suggested donation: $15.00 – $25.00

For additional info, please contact Johnny Harper: jjmusic@ix.netcom.com

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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

Video: Peter Case Sings Bob Dylan’s ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,’ ‘Long Time Gone’

Peter Case performs two awesome versions of songs by Bob Dylan.

The first, “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” was performed on September 1o, 2014 at Live at Larkin Square in Buffalo, New York.

“Long Time Gone” was performed at the Mug & Brush barber show in Columbus Ohio earlier this year.

“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”:

“Long Time Gone”:

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” There’s info about it here.]

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Audio: Bob Dylan & The Hawks (most of them, anyway), Sydney, Australia, April 1966 — ‘I Don’t Believe You,’ ‘Positively Fourth Street’ & More

During Bob Dylan’s 1966 world tour he played at The Stadium in Sydney, Australia on April 13, 1966.

Here in all its glory, the music Dylan and The Hawks played that night.

Acoustic set

“She Belongs To Me”:

//She// Belongs To Me by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Fourth Time Around”:

Fourth Time Around by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Visions of Johanna”:

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”:

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

“Desolation Row”:

Desolation Row by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Just Like A Woman”:

Just Like A Woman by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Mr. Tambourine Man”:



Tuning by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Tell Me Momma”:

Tell Me, Momma by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“I Don’t Believe You”:

I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Met) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Baby Let Me Follow You Down”:

Baby Let Me Follow You Down by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”:

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Live with the Hawks 1966) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat”:

Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“One Too Many Mornings”:

One Too Many Mornings by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Ballad of a Thin Man”:

Ballad of a Thin Man by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Positively Fourth Street”:

Positively Fourth Street by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

[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.]

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Audio: Jazz Versions of Bob Dylan Songs – ‘I Shall Be Released,’ ‘My Back Pages,’ ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ & More

Nina Simone covered a number of Dylan songs.

With Dylan covering a jazz song — Frank Sinatra’s “Full Moon and Empty Arms,” I thought it would be fun to hear some jazz musicians playing Dylan songs.

Check these out.

Nina Simone, “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”:

Just Like Tom Thumb Blues by Nina Simone on Grooveshark

Keith Jarrett Trio, “My Back Pages” (from Jarrett’s 1968 live album, Somewhere Before. Keith Jarrett – piano; Charlie Haden – double bass; Paul Motian – drums):

Duke Ellington, “Blowin’ in the Wind”:

Gene Norman Group, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”:

Subterranean Homesick Blues by Gene Norman Group on Grooveshark

Bill Frisell, “Masters of War”:

Nina Simone, “Just Like A Woman”:

Nina Simone Live:

Just Like a Woman by Nina Simone on Grooveshark

Van Morrison: “Just Like A Woman”:

Norah Jones, “Forever Young”:

Bill Frisell, “Just Like A Woman”:

Nina Simone, “I Shall Be Released”:

[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.]

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Audio: Bob Dylan Sings ‘Desolation Row,’ ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues’ & More – June 19, 2010

On June 19, 2010 Bob Dylan performed at the Messestadion in Dornbirn, Austria.

Some of these are really great.

The entire setlist is here.

Here are some of the performances:

“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”:

“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”:

“Desolation Row”:

“Ballad of Hollis Brown”:

“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carol”:

“Honest With Me”:

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Audio: Bob Dylan Kicks Off Landmark 1966 Electric Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour – Feb. 4, 1966

Forty-eight years ago, on February 4, 1966, Bob Dylan and the Hawks kicked off their unprecedented 1966 world tour.

Unprecedented because never before had a popular artist so radically altered their art.

Less than a year earlier, in May of 1965, Dylan had completed a tour of England at the Royal Albert Hall. That tour was documented in “Don’t Look Back,” and during it Dylan remained the folk singer — playing harp and an acoustic guitar.

Dylan was known throughout the world in early 1965 as a folksinger. His first four albums found him playing guitar, harp and piano.

But 17 days after 1965 English tour tour ended, on May 27, 1965, Dylan released Bringing It All Back Home, an album whose first half was a new kind of rock ‘n’ roll, one that mixed caustic poetry with bluesy rock and Dylan’s unique vocals.

Two months later the single “Like a Rolling Stone” was released, and Dylan was a full-fledged rock star.

“Like A Rolling Stone” was a hit, reaching #2 in the U.S. and charting in the Top 10 in a number of other countries including England.

Dylan blew minds when he performed electric rock ‘n’ roll at Newport on July 24, 1965. Dylan and the Hawks played Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York on August 28, and then Highway 61 Revisited, Dylan’s first total rock ‘n’ roll album, was released on August 30.

October, November and December found Dylan and the Hawks barnstorming through America.

The 1966 World Tour began in the U.S., but eventually hit Australia and then England, and it was in England, where fans had last seen Dylan with an acoustic guitar, that fans reacted with fury to Dylan going electric.

“They absolutely hated us,” Robbie Robertson said of a tour in which audiences didn’t comprehend some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll every played.

As Greil Marcus wrote in his book “Invisible Republic – Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes”: “In America, this music was, in a way, prophetic. At the very least the sound and its reception prefigured an America that, soon enough, for everyone, would be all too familiar: a country split in half over race and war, with battles in the streets, guns fired on college campuses, ghastly riots in cities across the nation, leaders falling to assassins as if on a schedule set by public fantasy, screamers driven from meeting halls with clubs, common citizens driven from their streets with gas and bullets.

“But in the United Kingdom, where after eight months on the road the ensemble had likely reached the limits of their capacities, and reveled at the fact, the hatred for Dylan’s new music and for what he had become was somehow more abstract than in the United States, and more impersonal — uglier.

“It was as if he had betrayed not simply the Freedom Sinfgers, or Woody Guthrie, or the fan who was now shouting, but the Folk immemorial, the mystic chords of memory. The very instinct that history contained identity and one could claim it. In any case the response now made the controversies of the past seasons fade into their own abstraction. In the music Dylan and the Hawks sent off stages in May of 1966, absurdity wars with terror, terror with exultation, exultation with loathing. It was all too much, it couldn’t last and it didn’t.”

Below are live performances from the 1966 World Tour.

“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” April 13 1966, Sydney:

“I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Have Never Met),” APril 13, 1966:

“Positively 4th Street,” April 13 1966, Sydney:

“Tell Me, Momma,” May 14, 1966, Liverpool:

“Like A Rolling Stone,” May 14, 1966, Liverpool:

“One Too Many Mornings,” May 16, 1966, Sheffield:

“Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat,” May 26, 1966, Royal Albert Hall, London:

“Ballad Of A Thin Man,” May 26, 1966, Royal Albert Hall, London:

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