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The 5 most popular Bob Dylan posts at JV in 2013

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When I say the most popular Bob Dylan posts, it means the 5 most popular posts overall. If we exclude the front page/home page the first non-Dylan post is at number 23, Bruce Springsteen plays Bob Dylan. The first post not related to Bob Dylan at all is at 28, Iconic Rock Photos: Keith Richards “Who the fuck is Mick Jagger” (and that post is almost two years old!).

Anyway, here are our top posts in 2013:

1. Bob Dylan videos – 9 May – 22 029 visitors

2. Bob Dylan concerts @ JV – 27 Feb – 13 878 visitors

3. Bob Dylan: Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) – 8 Sep – 8993 visitors
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4. Bob Dylan recording sessions – 7 Mar – 8205 visitors

5. Bob Dylan: Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada 20 April 1980 (Videos) – 19 Dec – 7551 visitors

Bob Dylan’s best songs – Mr. Tambourine Man – #12

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My thoughts, my personal needs have always been expressed through my songs; you can feel them there even in ‘Mr Tambourine Man’.
~Bob Dylan (to Sandra Jones – June 1981)

Even a song like Mr. Tambourine Man really isn’t a fantasy. There’s substance to the dream. Because you’ve seen it, you know? In order to have a dream, there’s something in front of you. You have to have seen something or have heard something for you to dream it. It becomes your dream then.
~Bob Dylan (to Bill Flanagan – March 1985)

Original version from youtube:


#12 on my list of Dylan’s 200 best songs. The original version from “Bringing It All Back Home” was recorded on January 15 – 1965 @ the third recording session.

….and proceeded to record the final versions of “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “It’s Alright, Ma” & “Gates Of Eden” in a single take* with no playback between songs… it’s as though all three songs came out of him in one breath, easily the greatest breath drawn by an American artist since Ginsberg & Kerouac exhaled “Howl” & “On The Road” a decade earlier..
~Paul Williams (BD Performing Artist 1960-73)

*although this has been found not to be entirely true (after PW wrote his book).. It’s still a GREAT quote.

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The specific Tambourine Man he had in mind was Bruce Langhorne, the magnificent multi-instrumentalist who would usher in Dylan’s electric era with some spellbinding guitar playing on Bringing It All Back Home (notably on “Mr. Tambourine Man” itself).
~Clinton Heylin (Revolution in the air)

Live at the Newport Folk Festival – 1964:

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