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January 20: Bob Dylan Released Blood On The Tracks in 1975





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A lot of people tell me they enjoy that album. It’s hard for me to relate to that. I mean, you know, people enjoying the type of pain, you know.
~Bob Dylan (to Mary Travers April 1975)

Well, Blood On The Tracks did consciously what I used to do unconsciously. I didn’t perform it well, I didn’t have the power to perform it well, but I did write the songs; they can be changed but the idea was right…
~Bob Dylan (to Matt Damsker, September 1978)

In stunning, total contrast to the previous album, Before the Flood, this 16th Dylan album triumphantly shows more subtlety and nuance than anything he’d ever done, and as honed a use of understatement as on John Wesley Harding. At the time this was the most unexpected leap of Dylan’s career. After years of comparatively second-rate work and a considerable decline in his reputation, here was an album to stand with Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’
I was layin’ in bed
Wond’rin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red
Her folks they said our lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like Mama’s homemade dress
Papa’s bankbook wasn’t big enough
And I was standin’ on the side of the road
Rain fallin’ on my shoes
Heading out for the East Coast
Lord knows I’ve paid some dues gettin’ through

Tangled up in blue

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Jan 20: Bob Dylan @ Opera House, Washington 1986 (Video)





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Opera House
Washington, District Of Columbia
20 January 1986
Martin Luther King Day

  1. The Bells Of Freedom (Stevie Wonder)
  2. I Shall Be Released
  3. Blowin’ In The Wind
  4. Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder)

2, 3 released in the UK on DVD Bob Dylan Live Transmissions: Part One, RMS 2661, March 2008.

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • 2 Stevie Wonder’s band Wonderlove
  • 3 Stevie Wonder (shared vocal), Mary Travers (shared vocal), Noel Paul Stookey (shared vocal & guitar), Peter Yarrow (shared vocal & guitar)





-Egil

Bob Dylan: 6 “Blowin’ In The Wind” Versions From 6 Different Decades





Blowin’ In The Wind has always been a spiritual. I took it off a song, I don’t know
whether you ever heard a song called No More Auction Block?
-Bob Dylan (Marc Rowland Interview – Sept 1978)

I wrote ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ in 10 minutes, just put words to an old spiritual, probably something I learned from Carter Family records. That’s the folk music tradition. You use what’s been handed down.
-Bob Dylan (Robert Hilburn Interview – Nov 2003)

The 1960’s

Westinghouse Studios
New York City, New York
3 March 1963
Folk songs and more folk songs

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

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Bob Dylan Performing “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” @ Rock in Rio ’08 Music Festival, Spain 2008 (video)

When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez when it’s Easter time, too
And your gravity fails and negativity don’t pull you through
Don’t put on any airs when you’re down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there and they really make a mess outta you

Ciudad del Rock
Arganda del Rey, Spain
6 July 2008

Rock in Rio ’08 Music Festival

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & keyboard)
  • Stu Kimball (guitar)
  • Denny Freeman (guitar)
  • Donnie Herron (violin, mandolin, steel guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion)

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Bob Dylan – Never Ending Tour 1990 – Part 2





It’s not a drain at all, …. Billy Idol’s got the right idea. It’s a charmed life. It beats 9-to-5 now, it did then and it will tomorrow.
You gotta stick it out though. That’s all there really is at the end of the line in this business. B.B. King and Chuck Berry are still working. Little Richard is as good now as he was then.
-Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen, August 31, 1990)

1990 Late Summer Tour of North America

  • First concert: August 12, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Jubilee Auditorium
  • Last concert: September 12, Mesa, Arizona – Mesa Amphitheater
  • 23 concerts

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