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Video: Bob Dylan’s ‘Renaldo & Clara’ Released 36 Years Ago

Thirty-six years ago, on January 25, 1978, Bob Dylan’s epic four-plus hour film “Renaldo & Clara” began a limited theatrical run, opening in New York City and Los Angeles.

The film screened in a handful of additional cities and then was pulled. Later that year a short version was released. I saw that version, found it very intriguing but also quite confusing.

Janet Maslin’s January 26, 1978 review of the film in the New York Times begins like this:

THERE’S an insolence about “Renaldo and Clara,” the four-hour film written and directed by Bob Dylan and featuring members of his Rolling Thunder Revue, that is not easily ignored. Mr. Dylan, who has a way of insinuating that any viewer who doesn’t grasp the full richness of his work must be intellectually deficient or guilty of some failure of nerve, has seen fit to produce a film that no one is likely to find altogether comprehensible. Yet for anyone even marginally interested in Mr. Dylan—and for anyone willing to accept the idea that his evasiveness, however exasperating, is a crucial aspect of his finest work — “Renaldo and Clara” holds the attention at least as effectively as it tries the patience.

No knowledge of Mr. Dylan or his history is supposed to be central to an understanding of the film, but it nevertheless trades heavily upon his past. The singer David Blue, playing himself, talks about the artistic climate of Greenwich Village when Mr. Dylan first arrived there, and Joan Baez is rather coyly cast as Mr. Dylan’s former lover. Mr. Dylan, even more coyly, is cast as someone other than himself, a very vague figure named Renaldo.

Read more here.

Director: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan … Renaldo
Sara Dylan … Clara
Joan Baez … Woman in White
Ronnie Hawkins … Bob Dylan
Jack Elliott … Longheno de Castro
Harry Dean Stanton … Lafkezio
Bob Neuwirth … The Masked Tortilla
Allen Ginsberg … The Father
David Mansfield … The Son
Helena Kallianiotes … Herself
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter … Himself
T-Bone Burnett … The Inner Voice

Joan Baez and Dylan in “Renaldo & Clara”:

“One More Cup of Coffee”:

An hour plus of the film:

Check out this cool post about the film at the Johanna’s Visions site.

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Audio: Bob Dylan’s ‘Desire’ Outtakes Are Pretty Damn Cool

When Bob Dylan recorded Desire during six sessions starting on July 14, 1975 and ending on October 24, 1975, as usual he cut some tracks that didn’t make it onto the album. The album was released on January 16, 1976, a little over 38 years ago.

It’s the tracks that didn’t make it onto the album that I want to share with you today.

“Rita Mae” is terrific, at least the July 30, 1975 version, and has both the spirit and vibe of songs Dylan cut at Big Pink with The Band.

“Abandoned Love” “Catfish” and “Golden Loom” are excellent too.

I’ve also included two versions of “Hurricane.” The shorter version that was released on Desire, as well as the longer version. I like both. I also included a tremendous live version of “Sara.”

The musicians and backup singers include Emmylou Harris and violin player Scarlet Rivera — their participation really adds to the studio recordings below and others on Desire.

“Rita Mae,” July 30, 1975:

Rita May by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Rita Mae,” July 7, 1975:

Rita Mae by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Golden Loom” July 30, 1975:

Goldon loom by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Catfish” July, 28, 1975

Catfish by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Abandoned Love,” July 31, 1975 (outtake):

Abandoned Love by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Abandoned Love,” July 3, 1975 (Other End Club, NY):

Abandoned Love by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Hurricane” (single):

Hurricane by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Hurricane” July 30, 1975 (original lyrics)

Hurricane by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Sara,” November 21, 1975 (live, Boston):

Sara by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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