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Video: Watch Bob Dylan’s Classic Dec. 3, 1965 San Francisco Press Conference

Forty-nine years ago, on Friday, December 3, 1965, this Bob Dylan press conference was recorded at KQED’s studios in San Francisco.

The press conference happened at a key point in Dylan’s career. He was now a rock star. “Like A Rolling Stone” was a hit and had been on the radio the past summer into fall. Highway 61 Revisited had been released three months earlier, in August.

Dylan was in the Bay Area to perform for two nights — Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 — at the Berkeley Community Theater.

The man who brings Dylan out is Ralph J. Gleason, who at the time was the jazz and pop critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, and a fan of Dylan. Gleason wrote this cover story for Ramparts magazine. It ran in the March 1966 issue.

There’s some great details about the press conference here, plus photos.

Bob Dylan press conference, part 1:

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Video: Jack White Covers (Briefly) Beck’s ‘Devil’s Haircut’ & Much More in San Francisco

Jack White with new short haircut in San Francisco.

At his show last night, Jack White covered some of Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut” during “Sixteen Saltines.”

The show took place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA.

Skip to the 11 minute mark to hear “Devil’s Haircut,” or better yet, enjoy all 11-plus minutes which includes some of a”Lazaretto,” “Steady As She Goes,” and “Sixteen Saltines”/”Devil’s Haricut.”

More of the show:

“Fell In Love With A Girl”:

“Just One Drink”:

“Bead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”:

“Temporary Ground”:

“Love Interruption”:

“Hotel Yorba”:

Theremin Madness with guitar:

“Top Yourself”:

“You Know That I Know”:

More “You Know That I Know”:

“Hypocritical Kiss”:

“I’m Slowly Turning Into You”:

“Ball and Biscuit”:

“High Ball Stepper”:

“Seven Nation Army”:

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Bob Dylan Sings ‘Idiot Wind’ – Four Live Versions From 1992

Photo via Flicker.

Bob Dylan Sings ‘Idiot Wind’ – Four Live Versions From 1992.

Warfield Theater, San Francisco, May 5, 1992:

Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, May 7, 1992:

San Jose State Center, San Jose, CA, May 9, 1992:

Orphium Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 30, 1992:

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Video: Watch Throwing Muses Deliver Killer Performances in Seattle & San Francisco

Throwing Muses performed at The Triple Door in Seattle on February 26, 2014 and at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on February 28.

The sound amazing!



“Lazy Eye”:

San Francisco:

“Glass Cats”

“Sunray Venus”




“Devil’s Roof”

“Bright Yellow Gun”


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The Time Machine: Bob Dylan & Neil Young at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium

This is ragged and a bit of a mess, but wonderful.

Bob Dylan and Neil Young at the S.N.A.C.K. (Students Need Athletics, Culture and Kicks) Benefit Concert at Kezar Stadium, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, March 23, 1975. Young, with the Stray Gators — Ben Keith and Tim Drummond – performs with Dylan, and the Band’s Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm.

They perform “Helpless” which flows right into “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.”

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Discovering Something New In David Hockney’s Art

I never cared for David Hockney’s paintings. Why was that? I didn’t pay much attention to them, but on occasion he would do the cover of the New Yorker and I dismissed his work as decorative, with a sneer.

Well I was wrong.

As soon as I entered his massive “A Bigger Exhibition” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco last Friday, I realized my mistake.

Hockney is actually a phenomenal artist. The show, which is composed of mostly work he’s done since 2000, is mind-blowing. How could one person complete over 250 works of art, some of them wall-sized, in 13 years. By contrast, the Pointillist painter George Seurat, for example, could spend two years on a single painting.

I could talk about Hockney’s landscapes, which are unlike other landscape paintings. The artist has created a new visual language to let us see what he sees. There is a quality in the work that makes me think of Vincent van Gogh.

But what’s most impressive to me is Hockney’s embracement of the iPhone and the iPad as tools to make art.

The man is 76 years old. He is very successful. He could keep painting and drawing portraits and landscapes for the rest of his life. He did not need to start using new technology to make art.

But he did.

Check out the images above that Hockney made with his iPhone and an app called Brushes.

Or this piece made with an iPad and Brushes:

As I wandered though the exhibit, which takes up most of two floors of the museum, I was struck by two things.

First, when you look at the world, and I mean really look, and are open, there’s a chance of seeing something new.

And then I thought about all the rules that we come up against in life. Art is supposed to be “this,” and a novel is supposed to be “this,” and music is supposed to be “this.”

But we can ignore the rules. There’s a price to pay of course, especially if you’re not an already celebrated artist. But how are we going to break on through to something new unless we takes chances.