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:
“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:
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)
“I was amazed when I heard a taped interview with a 15-year-old girl, who was waiting to get into one of my concerts. She said how she digs William Blake and a bunch of others that no one else has read. She was really hip and more free in mind than most of these 22-year-old college kids.” – Bob Dylan (Sep 4th, 1965)
Hollywood Press Conference of September 4th, 1965:
Bob Dylan announces that his new book Tarantula will be, a book of words, at a one hour press conference held together with David Crosby (plus a woman without shoes! and a man from the record company) at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the day after the Hollywood Bowl concert. Bob Dylan again played word-games with the press.
“The performers who changed my life were individuals, They didn’t conform to any sense of reality but their own. The last performer who stood up to be counted as an original is Bruce Springsteen, I think. Individuals move me, not mobs. People with originality, whether it’s Hector, Achilles, Ted Turner or Jerry Lee Lewis or Hank Williams.”
~Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen, August 2006)