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Bob Dylan – On This Day – February 18

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Bob Dylan performing in Tupelo, MS, USA, Feb 18 – 2002


Studio work

Columbia Studio A
Nashville, Tennessee
18 February 1969
5th Nashville Skyline session, produced by Bob Johnston.

Check out -> Feb 18: Bob Dylan’s 5th recording session for “Nashville Skyline (w/Johnny Cash) in 1969

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Bob Dylan – On This Day – February 17

Bob Dylan Arriving in Tokyo, Feb 17, 1978
Bob Dylan Arriving in Tokyo, Feb 17, 1978


Well, protest songs are really love songs, too. They were my most brilliant love songs.
~Bob Dylan (Press conference, International Airport Haneda, Tokyo, Japan – Feb 17, 1978)

Historic event

Feb 17, 1965

Dylan gives a hilarious performance on Les Crane’s one-hour show for W ABC TV, singing a song at the beginning (“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”) and end of the show (“It’s Alright, Ma”), accompanied by Bruce Langhorne on second guitar. Between the songs, Dylan chats with Crane and his other guests. Crane finds it difficult to deal with Dylan’s razor-sharp repartee. Asking Dylan what his main message is, he is told: “Eat … Be. Period.”
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

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Bob Dylan – On This Day – February 16

Levon Helm, Bob Dylan & Rick Danko @ Lone Star Cafe, NYC – Feb 16, 1983

Historic event

Feb 16, 1964

Dylan takes his friends up to Central City [Denver], where he had spent a few weeks back in 1960. They then start the long trek toward San Francisco, where he is scheduled to perform on the 22nd. The night is spent in Grand Junction, CO.

Feb 16, 1983

Dylan attends Bonnie Koloc’s set at the Other End in New York then heads across town to the Lone Star Cafe where he joins Levon Helm and Rick Danko on stage during their scheduled set, providing backup vocals and guitar on “Your Cheatin” Heart,” “Willie and the Hand Jive,” “Blues Stay Away from Me,” “Ain’t No More Cane,” and “Going Down.” The whole performance is ragged, reflecting the impromptu nature of Dylan’s appearance.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Bob Dylan, Levon Helm & Rick Danko performing “Ain’t No More Cane” @ Lone Star Cafe – 1983:

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September 29: Bob Dylan at Gerde’s Folk City profile in the New York Times 1961

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“He was a cross between a choir boy and a beatnik, a 20-year-old  with a voice , anything but pretty”
– Robert Shelton

Robert Shelton helped start Mr. Dylan’s career with his Sept. 29, 1961, profile.

Robert Shelton
, born Robert Shapiro (June 28, 1926, Chicago, Illinois, United States – December 11, 1995, Brighton, England) was a music and film critic. Shelton was perhaps most notable for the way in which he helped to launch the career of a then unknown 20-year-old folk singer named Bob Dylan. In 1961, Dylan was performing atGerdes Folk City in the West Village, one of the best-known folk venues in New York, opening for a bluegrass act called the Greenbriar Boys. Shelton’s positive review, in The New York Times, brought crucial publicity to Dylan, and led to a Columbia recording contract.

Robert Shelton’s review was the start of a proffesional relationship with Bob Dylan, and he wrote the liner notes to the album, Bob Dylan. Dylan also lent Shelton’s apartement to have a place to write.

He is  the writer of the book, No Direction Home – The Life and Music of Bob Dylan:bobdylannodirectionhomethelifeand550760

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Bob Dylan – On This Day – September 5


Historic event:

Jack Kerouac published his book, On The Road in 1957

“I read On the Road in maybe 1959. It changed my life like it changed everyone else’s”
– Bob Dylan

On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across America. It is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat and Counterculture generations, with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drug use. The novel, published in 1957, is a roman à clef, with many key figures in the Beat movement, such as William S. Burroughs (Old Bull Lee) and Allen Ginsberg (Carlo Marx) represented by characters in the book, including Kerouac himself as the narrator Sal Paradise.


Ginsberg and Dylan visiting Kerouac’s grave:

“It was Jack Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso, Felinghetti , I got in at the tail end of that and it was magic. It had just as big an impact on me as Elvis Presley.”
– Bob Dylan (1985)

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