Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theater, New York, October 17, 1990.
The concert begins 30 seconds into the video clip.
Absolutely Sweet Marie
Man In The Long Black Coat
T.V. Talkin’ Song
Simple Twist Of Fate
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
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
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Four years ago, Bob Dylan and his band performed “The Times They Are A-Changin'” at the White House as part of “In Performance at the White House, A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” held in recognition of Black History Month.
Jon Pareles in the New York Times, February 10, 2010:
WASHINGTON — Half a dozen legislators sat a few feet away, under the crystal chandeliers of the East Room of the White House, as Bob Dylan sang “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” poker-faced.
“Come senators, congressman, please heed the call,” he rasped. “Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall.” His tone was rough but almost wistful; he had turned his old exhortation into an autumnal waltz. Afterward, he stepped offstage and shook President Obama’s hand.
It was part of “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.” The program was the Black History Month event in Michelle Obama’s continuing music series at the White House, and will be broadcast Thursday night on PBS.
It was not lost on anyone that Mr. Obama is America’s first African-American president. “The civil rights movement was a movement sustained by music,” Mr. Obama said in opening remarks. The music, he said, “was inspired by the movement and gave strength in return.”
Mr. Dylan shared the bill, though not the stage, with fellow musicians who regularly sang at civil-rights rallies in the early 1960s — Joan Baez, and Bernice Johnson Reagon with the Freedom Singers — and a cross-generational gathering of performers: Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson, John Mellencamp, Yolanda Adams, Natalie Cole, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir.
Fifty years ago on February 1, 1964 Bob Dylan did a 30 minute performance at CBC Studios for Canadian TV. He appeared on a regular program called Quest that ran between 1961 and 1964 and focused on the arts.
Dylan’s show was called “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and produced in Toronto by Daryl Duke. It aired on March 10, 1964.
What you get here is Dylan in his prime folky protest mode. His voice is great, the performances are terrific and the songs are superb.
1 The Times They Are A Changin’
2 Talkin’ World War III Blues
3 Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
4 Girl From the North Country
5 A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
6 Restless Farewell
Here’s a version on YouTube:
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