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Bob Dylan – On This Day – September 4

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Bob Dylan – On This Day – September 4

“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)

Press Conference:
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.

Bob Dylan – On This Day – September 2

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“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)

Historic event

September 2 – 1969

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Dylan and Sara fly from Heathrow to Kennedy airport, where Dylan tells waiting members of the press, “they make too much of singers over there.”
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

September 2 – 1995

Cleveland Stadium
Cleveland, Ohio
Opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

  1. All Along The Watchtower
  2.  Just Like A Woman
  3. Seeing The Real You At Last
  4. Highway 61 Revisited
  5. Forever Young

Bruce Springsteen joins Dylan & share vocals with him on “Forever Young”.

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Bob Dylan – On This Day – August 31

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“Good reviews don’t hurt you, but they don’t help either, It’s better to have a record the critics hate that sells 10 million copies than one the critics love that sells 10.”
~Bob Dylan to Edna Gundersen (August 31, 1990)

Interviews

31 August 1990
Edna Gundersen Interview, Lincoln, Nebraska

An interview with Edna Gundersen for USA Today. This took place on August 31, 1990 in Lincoln, Nebraska on the day of the concert at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The article that appeared in the European edition of USA Today was in a considerably abbreviated form.

ROCK ICON IS HAPPY WITH HIS PLACE
The poetic revolutionary reflects on his charmed life in an exclusive Lincoln, Neb. – On the opening day of the interview Nebraska State Fair, Bob Dylan is the star attraction, performing in a rocking 90 minutes of mostly early hits. Most of the Devaney Sports Center’s 6,000 cheering fans are college students who weren’t yet born when rock’s poetic revolutionary held a generation rapt with the show’s climax, Like A Rolling Stone. It’s been 30 years since he left college himself to stake a claim in the Greenwich Village folk scene.

How does it feel? “In some ways, it felt older to be 30 than to be 60 or however old they say I am,” Dylan says after the show. “How old am I now?” He’s 49. “That’s what they say, but nobody knows my real birth date,” he counters teasingly.
His take on aging: “You just can’t help it.” Dylan whose new Under The Red Sky album is out this week, is the only living rocker in Life’s list of the century’s 100 most important Americans. Still godlike to many, he admits he’s less hungry these days.
“You reach a certain place and that’s sufficient,” he says. “Sometimes there is no higher. How much higher can Michael Jackson go? Or Madonna? You get your territory and you’re content with that.”
Friendly and direct, Dylan talks freely about his work – in the present tense, anyway. He steers clear of ancient history (the 1960’s), Dylan mythology or anything remotely personal. “People can learn everything about me through my songs, if they know where to look. They can juxtapose them with certain other songs and draw a clear picture. But why would anyone want to know about me? It’s ridiculous.”
Informed that his childhood home in Hibbing, Minn., recently sold for $84,000 (twice it’s appraised value), Dylan says only, “Well, they better check the furnace.”
Clad in a crisp white shirt, cap, jeans and heavy black boots, Dylan clutches a cup of coffee backstage. Clearly tired, he’s nonetheless witty and enthusiastic, even as he faces a 334-mile bus ride to Hannibal, MO., for the next nights show.
For the third year running, Dylan has surfaced with a tour and album. Red Sky is the 36th in a canon dating back to 1962. The Traveling Wilbury’s second album – “a whole lot better than
the first,” he promises – was recorded last spring and is due in October. A tour may follow, if Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Geoff Lynne can co-ordinate schedules.
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Bob Dylan – On This Day – February 12

From the recording of Saved
From the recording of Saved – 1980

At every point in my life I’ve had to make decisions for what I believed in. Sometimes I’ve ended up hurting people that I’ve loved. Other times I’ve ended up loving people that I never thought I would.
~Bob Dylan (to Karen Hughes, May 21, 1980)

Historic event

Feb 12, 1961

Dylan sends a second postcard to the Whitakers. In it he states that he visits Guthrie four times a week and that he has been playing The Commons
“where people clap for me.”
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

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Bob Dylan – On This Day – September 16

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I once read a book of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s letters to some girl, and they were extremely private and personal, and I didn’t feel there was any of myself in those letters, but I could identify with what he was saying. A lot of myself crosses over into my songs. I’ll write something and say to myself, I can change this, I can make this not so personal, and at other times I’ll say, I think I’ll leave this on a personal level, and if somebody wants to peek at it and make up their own minds about what kind of character I am, that’s up to them. Other times I might say, well, it’s too personal, I think I’ll turn the corner on it, because why do I want somebody thinking about what I’m thinking about, especially if it’s not to their benefit.
~Bob Dylan to Scott Choen (SPIN), 1985

Studio work
Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks insert

Concerts

  • 1978 – Maine Cumberland Civic Center, Portland, ME, USA
  • 1987 – Frankenhalle, Nürnberg (Nuremberg), Germany
  • 1988 – University Of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
  • 2000 – Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
  • 2007 – Zilker Park, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX, USA

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