Bob Dylan – On This Day – August 30


“I know in my own mind what I’m doing. If anyone has imagination, he’ll know what I’m doing. If they can’t understand my songs they’re missing something. If they can’t understand green clocks, wet chairs, purple lamps or hostile statues, they’re missings something, too.”
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Shelton – August 1965)


Dylan’s sixth album and his first fully fledged eagle-flight into rock. Revolutionary and stunning, not just for its energy, freshness and panache but in its vision: fusing radical electric music—electric music as the embodiment of our whole out-of-control, nervouenergy-fuelled, chaotic civilization—with lyrics that were light-years ahead of anyone else’s, Dylan here unites the force of blues-based rock’n’roll with the power of poetry.
~Michael Gray (Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

“Highway 61 Revisited” (1965)

From Wikipedia:

Released August 30, 1965
Recorded Columbia Studio A, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York, June 15 – August 4, 1965
Genre Rock, folk rock
Length 51:26
Label Columbia
Producer Bob Johnston, Tom Wilson on “Like a Rolling Stone”

Highway 61 Revisited is the sixth studio album by singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. It was released in August 1965 by Columbia Records. On his previous album, Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan devoted Side One of the album to songs accompanied by an electric rock band, and Side Two to solo acoustic numbers. For Highway 61 Revisited, Dylan used rock backing on every track, except for the closing 11-minute acoustic song, “Desolation Row”. Critics have written that Dylan’s ability to combine driving, complex, blues-based rock music with the power of poetry made Highway 61 Revisited one of the most influential albums ever recorded.

Check out our post: August 30 – Bob Dylan released “Highway 61 Revisited” in 1965, 50 years ago

Bob Dylan recording Highway 61 Revisited in Columbia Studio A New York Summer 1965 Photograph by Don Hunstein


  • 1992 – The Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 1998 – Townsville Breakwater Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD, Australia
  • 2002 – Outdoor Amphitheater, Deer Valley, Snow Park Lodge, Park City, UT, USA
  • 2006 – Frontier Field, Rochester, NY, USA
  • 2008 – Snowmass Town Park Main Festival Stage, Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA
  • 2012 – Wicomico Youth And Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland


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