Freewheelin' 199-236 / Freewheelin'-on-line takes 1-38

The Freewheelin' journal ran for 20 years from 1985 to 2005. Initially, editions were produced on a monthly basis and sent out in the post, then in 2002 an on-line version was started called Freewheelin'-on-line. It's those later editions you'll find here. Click on the links below to go to the articles, which are each available in either html or pdf versions.

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Freewheelin' 211
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What a way to welcome our guests – this month's magazine is stocked full of information, intrigue, insight and infamy! The cover features the artist Frida Kahlo and ‘Coverdown’ explains her appearance. Mark Carter's colour coded 20lbs looks at press coverage with a wink and a nod. There are colour stills from Chris Cooper's selection of the month's Dylan videos and The Two Riders have transcribed a very interesting interview with Scarlet Rivera. Richard Lewis links Dylan anecdotes and the movies and the unstoppable C.P. Lee tells a personal tale of love and folk music. Chris Cooper comes back with some Bob Thoughts and Paula Radice reflects upon the state of things with a Dylan twist. Jim Gillan continues his very intriguing story of the lady who once shared a church with Dylan, and John Stokes takes up his brush to colour further images in his quest to uncover all the truths in ‘Visions of Johanna'. All this with Mark Carter's infamous cartoons spread throughout the mag gives you a good fix of Dylan for the springtime. Take it all away with our compliments.

Take 14  

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On the 17th May 2003 the Freewheelers held The John Green Day Hootenanny, a UK Dylan Convention attended by about 200 people at the Moat House Hotel, Northampton. The cover to this month's Freewheelin'-on-line comes from the T-shirt and programme for the event, which was designed by Phil Townsend at lazycarrot.com, and features a young Dylan together with the headline artist at the Convention namely the wonderful Carolyn Hester. ‘Coverdown’ tells more about this and there are also extracts from the programme so that you can see what went down. Chris Cooper’s Magnetic Movements and Mark Carter's 20lbs of Headlines take you through what has happened on film and in the Press and Chris’s Bob Thoughts centre upon the 2003 Oz shows. There is a superb article by Russell Blatcher which links Steve Earle to Lucida Williams to Hank Williams to Bob Dylan and beyond, and  Chris Hockenhull ponders on ‘Gods and Generals’. Paula Radice looks at Elliot Landy’s photos, Richard Lewis writes about Michael Gray and Patrick Webster continues his exploration of ISIS. Bringing up the rear, Jim Gillan adds his customary touch of anarchy and Robert Forryan could be saying farewell. But, Oh Mama this may not be the end. The Sad Dylan Fans certainly is but only until next time. Take it: it’s all yours for free.

Take 15  

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Every now and again an article is published in a Dylan fanzine that is written with such style and with such authority that you just know it is going to stay with you for some time. We have such an article in Freewheelin'-on-line take 15.  It is written by C.P. Lee and it is the first in a series of articles that concerns the history of folk music and goes on to explain how the young Bob Dylan happened to become involved in that particular scene. Those who attended the Third Annual John Green Day will remember C.P.’s illustrative talk about this interesting subject and this series of articles expands the subject further. There are also further memories of the UK Dylan Convention from Chris Cooper and Richard Lewis; Paula Radice tells an emotional tale of friendship, and Patrick Webster continues his journey with Dylan and Isis. The Two Riders are back with their Fistful of Tapes, Mark Carter is here with his Dylan Headlines and John Stokes paints more Visions of Johanna. There is also a detailed review of Lucinda Williams at Manchester 2003 by Russell Blatcher and with Vincent on the cover it’s an issue you won’t want to miss. Take it: it’s yours.

Take 16  

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Everything passes, everything changes. Life is but a ferris wheel. It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Neil Watson has decided to step down from the Freewheelin' merry-go-round. Neil has been with us since the early days (we are talking mid-80’s) and his forthright but sensitive articles will be surely missed. Now Neil’s life has taken a different turn and he waves farewell to this feisty old fairground. Yet as one ride ends another starts and we are very excited to introduce, in this month’s issue, a new feature: The Whole Wide World is watching. Compiled by Martin Stein, this feature is a monthly ‘best of the Web’ as found by Martin’s own wandering and critical mouse. Martin’s mouse is not of course alone in Take 16. There are many more items to keep you awake and amused during the hours of daylight and darkness. We have articles on lyrics, on films, on other artists and we take the  usual peek at Dylan in the press. In addition we have cartoons, artwork and the meanderings and musings of this giddy bunch of Dylan folk. And what is more: it is all free. Take 16 is here and its yours for the taking.

Take 17  

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The buzz these days seems to about Dylan on film with his performance as Jack Fate in the recently released Masked & Anonymous being smack at the centre of the commotion. There is however another film in Dylan’s cannon which opens with Dylan wearing a mask and in which he endeavours to remain anonymous by adopting an alias. As a preface to viewing Masked & Anonymous, you will not wish to miss Chris Cooper’s extensive study of Renaldo & Clara, part 2 of which appears in this issue of the worlds only on-line Dylan fanzine. Take 17 is truly a bumper bundle with 40 plus pages of all things Dylan including an illustrated history of recent performances and chronologies of Dylan in the press and on the Web. C.P. Lee continues his provocative look at Dylan’s entry into the English folk scene and Paula Radice reviews a book with an interesting Dylan angle. Jim Gillan’s column could soon achieve cult status and Patrick Webster pays attention to detail in his continued journey through the verses of ISIS. All this is accompanied by the charcoal best of Mark Carter. It is all here and its free. Just press those keys and take it away.

Take 18  

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This month’s Freewheelin'-on-line magazine has pretty much everything the avid, or even the occasional, Dylan obsessive could possibly wish for; plus a little extra. If Dylan as performer is your thing then you will be pleased to see that the Two Riders are firmly back in the saddle with their reviews of some 30 Dylan shows. If Dylan on the ‘net interests you then Martin Stein is here with all his W’s. If Dylan as a popular cultural icon is your bag then you will wish to read about his appearances in the press as compiled by Mark Carter. If Dylan as poet turns you on then you will find that Patrick Webster’s consideration of the lyrics of ISIS and Part 22 of John Stokes’ mammoth essay on ‘Visions of Johanna’ give you some light. If Dylan as film star makes you smile then Chris Cooper’s journey through Renaldo & Clara is a must read. If Dylan by other artists finds your favour then Richard Lewis has something for you. If Dylan absurdity tickles you then Jim Gillan is here to entertain. If Dylan in art catches your eye then you will love our cover and Mark’s cartoons. And then there is that something extra. From the careful pen of Russell Blatcher comes a detailed consideration of some new songs by Neil Young that appear on his recently released album ‘Greendale’. What do you mean we couldn’t possibly pack all this in to one month's issue? Of course we can. You know we can. And what is more – its all yours: FOR FREE.

Take 19  

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This month's Freewheelin' sees the conclusion of two major articles concerning Dylan’s place and purpose. The first finale is Part 3 of C.P. Lee’s authoritative polemic ‘Folk Is A Myth’ in which he has placed Dylan’s involvement in the Folk Movement under a microscope and has found a degree of bacteria lurking in dark places! The second conclusion finds the end (at last) of John Stokes’ epic struggle with Dylan's masterpiece ‘Visions of Johanna’ and this final episode completes some 65,000 words that John has written on the subject. But of course there are other writings out there in the Dylan world to consider and thus Paula Radice and Jim Gillan cast their critical eyes over Christopher Ricks’ work ‘Dylan’s Visions of Sin’ and Richard Lewis takes a peek at the Neil Young biography ‘Shakey’. In addition to all that there are the usual Freewheelin' features from Mark Carter and Martin Stein. Chris Cooper continues to uncover the parts of Renaldo and Clara that others have failed to reach and Patrick Webster throws his considerable literary weight towards the song ‘ISIS’. All this against the background of Dylan being so close at hand. But if your daily routine has been jolted by your journeys to the concerts , you don’t even have to get out of your chair to enjoy the delights of Freewheelin'-on-line. You just have to  press a couple of buttons. Take 19 with our compliments – its yours for free.

Take 20  

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In the film ‘The Last Waltz’ why was Dylan’s set only filmed from ‘Forever Young’ onwards? What are Dylan’s three Grammy nominations this year? On what song did Joan Osbourne duet with Dylan during August 2003? In what scene from Renaldo and Clara do we see Sara riding in a buggy holding a rose? Why should we buy the 24 bit SACD boxed set? What is the connection between the song ‘Isis’ and Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’? Who was the real life Oscar Vogel, played by Ed Norton in the film ‘Masked and Anonymous’?  Why is ‘Masked and Anonymous’ like the 1975 movie ‘Roller Ball’? After Dylan’s concert in Munich, Germany in October 2003, what was advertised on Ebay as a memento of that concert? Why did Dylan include the song ‘Cats In The Well’ in his set lists during the tour of Europe in the Autumn of 2003? The answers my friends to these, and many other questions, are just a free click away.

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In his editorial to ISIS number 112 Derek Barker called the Internet a ‘nondescript soulless monster’ and he expressed his abhorrence at the possibility that this beast of technology is going to condemn us to live in a world without papers, books and magazines. I do not think that Derek has any great cause for concern for who among you in the Dylan world could imagine life without the wonderful ISIS appearing on your door mat every couple of months? By the same token, who among you could imagine life without a daily visit to Karl Erik Anderson’s equally wonderful Expecting Rain website? The fanzine and the ‘net can surely co-exist to provide Dylan folk with endless pastures of plenty. Here at Freewheelin' House we aim to offer the best of both worlds – a monthly fanzine that you can read on the ‘net and, at the same time, a hard copy paper version – all you have to do is print it off. And which ever way you want to do it this month you will find in Take 21 (Freewheelin' number 219) the usual mix of fact, fun and flannelette from our regular Dylan minds. Now, on the subject of Dylan print magazines, we must not forget the revered publication that started it all off. We must also not forget The Telegraph’s rightful heir. So check out The Bridge at http://www.two-riders.co.uk/. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy Freewheelin'-on-line Take 21. It comes with love from us to you. Oh, and of course, it’s absolutely free.

Take 22  

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A couple of simple questions for you. Complete the following lines: ‘She’s got everything she needs, she’s an artist she  ….  ….  ……’.    ‘Shake the dust off of your feet … … ….’. Now although the Minnesota Maestro was so sure about the dangers of glancing over your shoulder that he warned about it in not one, but two songs, and also named a film after it, ‘looking back’ can be fun. And this is exactly what the Freewheelers do in this month’s issue of our internet magazine: we take a traditional look back over the last year’s worth of Dylan (and not-so-Dylan events). What figures highly among those events is the film ‘Masked and Anonymous’ and indeed if you want to know more about this particular epic of Dylan outpourings then the place to be on Saturday 27th March is at the UK Dylan Convention, held in tribute to our dear departed Freewheeler the late John Green. At JGDay4 the Webmaster of the M&A website, Trevor Gibb, will be in attendance and we also hope to spring some surprises on the film. This year's event is being organized by our own M&A (Memorable and Adorable) Keith Agar so it is bound to be a perfect day. For more details of the event visit the JGDay4 bulletin board. We hope to see you there but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to keep on looking back at Take 22. As many times as you want. It won’t cost you a dime.

Take 23  

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In his second article for Freewheelin' Michael Crimmins writes about Dylan’s live performance at the Philharmonic Hall in New York on the 31st October 1964: a performance that can soon be appreciated in the comfort of your own home by virtue of the release of  The Bootleg Series Volume 6, ‘Bob Dylan Live 1964’. Michael speaks of  course with some authority on the subject of live performances as he is the lead singer and founder member of the wonderful band ‘Dylanesque’, who can be found at http://www.dylanesque.co.uk/. So keep a look out for Michael's band and also look out for Michael's article on Live ’64 in this issue of Freewheelin'-on-line. There are many other interesting things to look out for in number 23 (Freewheelin' number 221) like the conclusion of Chris Cooper's extensive survey of Renaldo & Clara, or Paula Raddice’s reviews of new Dylan books, or John Stokes’ trawl through the punctuation in Dylan songs or Jim Gillan’s conversation with God. Coupled with the usual Freewheelin' features and sprinkled with words from other Freewheelers, this is one to enjoy. So don’t delay – download today. You can take it away for nothing.

Take 24  

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We here at Freewheelin' House can’t quite understand all this hullabaloo about Dylan appearing in an advert for ladies underwear. One of our residents, Jim Gillan, saw all this coming way back last year so we were quite prepared for it. Indeed if you switch on to Jim’s article in Freewheelin'-on-line Take 21 you will see that he has some profound things to say concerning the matter of underwear, with such musings being long before the popular press crashed in with all their theories and mindsets concerning Bob and that TV commercial. But that was then and this is now: in the present we want to make no secret of the situation that this month our stockings are full and overflowing. We have C.P. Lee on Dylan and the Beach Boys; Mark Carter on A.J. Weberman; Michael Crimmins on Woody Guthrie; Paula Radice on Masked and Anonymous; John Stokes on Dylan and Prince  and  Jim Gillan on those secrets and other things. All this is bundled together with the usual Freewheelin' features which makes this issue of our Dylan internet magazine (taken from Freewheelin' magazine number 222) one that you shouldn’t let  pass you by. And of course there is nothing to buy - just click and it’s yours. Right now.

Take 25  

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When Freewheelin' first opened its account 222 issues ago, there were two main features included in issue 1 of the mag. The first was Chris Cooper's ‘Magnetic Movements’, a summary of Dylan’s current outings caught on tape, and the second was an item called ‘Pages and the Text’, which was a bibliography of Dylan’s current outings caught by the press. Now, almost 19 years later, those two items are still main features of Freewheelin' magazine, although the bibliography is now called ‘20lbs of Headlines’ and is compiled by the irrepressible Mark Carter. Joining Chris and Mark we also have the feature ‘The Whole Wide World is Watching’ which is a summary of Dylan’s outings caught on the Web as seen by Martin Stein. But it’s not only those regular features that we have on offer this month. In issue 223 (Freewheelin'-on-line Take 25). We have an illustrated peek at what went on at the Freewheelers 4th Annual UK Dylan Convention; Michael Crimmins provides an interesting reworking of the song ‘Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)’; Paula Radice has lots to say about M.J. Gilmour’s book ‘Tangled Up in the Bible: Bob Dylan and Scripture’; Patrick Webster looks at the 1970’s, in a Dylan and postmodern sense; and Mark Carter concludes a searching article with the words ‘I wonder what we’ll do when he’s no longer here’. The ‘he’ of course being the Maestro of Cool, the Electrified Poet Laureate, the  Motorcycle Madonna from East of Eden, the one and only R. Dylan Esq. If you are here for just a lick or for a lifetime, take 25 with you…for nothing.

Take 26  

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Freewheelin'-on-line has great pleasure in announcing that we have two new residents at Freewheelin' House, namely Bob Fletcher and Trev Gibb. Bob is a long time Dylan fan and his writings provide a new approach to the way in which Dylan touches our lives; Trev is well known for his wonderful works with the Masked and Anonymous website and his searching articles in other Dylan magazines. Both Bob and Trev have articles in this month’s internet magazine which is taken from Freewheelin' number 224. Joining Bob and Trev we have many other items to keep you in front of your screen or for you to download and read at leisure. For instance there is an intriguing article by C.P. Lee which investigates the link between ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’ and ‘The Highland Division’s Farewell to Sicily’; Chris Cooper goes technical with an article on Bit-Torrent; there are some surprising conclusions about the Dylan song ‘Cross The Green Mountain’; we have the first part of an unedited interview with Larry Charles together with no less than two articles from that shaker and mover Jim Gillan. All this and the usual Freewheelin' features makes Take 26 a precious angel. Take it away for we’d like to shine our light on you…for free!

Take 27  

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We are reliably informed that a good many visitors to the library of Freewheelin' house download and print off the latest edition of Freewheelin'-on-line every month. They then collate the pages into a fancy binder to produce a printed version of the magazine. Now we don’t mind this at all, in fact we would encourage such activities but a word of warning this month: your paper tray must be fully loaded because Take 27 is a bumper 60 page issue. There are so many things to look out for including the first hand account of Dylan’s ’65 show at the Royal Albert Hall from Richard Lewis, compete with ticket stubs and photographs; there is an amazing Jimi Hendrix photo to start a revolution by C.P. Lee; our new boys Bob Fletcher and Trev Gibb have pertinent things to say and there is the final installment of the unedited Larry Charles interview. The other Freewheelers chime in with some interesting views on all things Dylan and one of our old boys – Patrick Webster links ‘Licence to Kill’ with The Passion of the Christ. What more is there? Well, lots really as you will find out when you reach for that button to view the 225th issue of Freewheelin'. So if you want to make it yours, and your paper tray is full, take it away for free with our compliments.

Take 28  

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In a moment of intrepid inspiration one of the Freewheelers, namely Bob Fletcher, set about asking various luminaries and other friends and strangers to write, in 25 words, what Bob Dylan means to them. Cramming an entire galaxy of thoughts into just 25 words is like trying to count every grain of sand on the beach at the Savanna-la-mar, but there were some great responses. One of my favourites is: ‘Hibbing skinny Judas Jesus bleeding sweet Woody Woodstock words that don’t chart smash, motorcycle crash, Beatle hash, Minnesota flash, never ending bash, Don’t Look Back’. Wow! To read more, go to Bob’s pages in Take 28 of our internet fanzine which, in hard copy form, is Freewheelin' number 226. Whilst you are looking for Bob’s pages, don’t miss an honest to goodness article by Mark Carter concerning the thorny subject of the current state of the Maestro’s voice. There’s lots more you shouldn’t miss this time around including reports on this summers UK shows and the usual Freewheelin' features, amongst which is Magnetic Movements - Chris Coopers view of the current crop of Dylan’s own magnetic movements - on film. You may read about these films elsewhere on the ‘net but you’ll read them here first. So there’s so much not to miss. And there’s no reason why you should miss anything, because it’s all free. It’s a Dylan takeaway.

Take 29  

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2425 7th Avenue East is an address that should be etched in the mind of any serious Dylan aficionado. It was at this address, in the town of Hibbing, that the young Bobby Zimmerman spent his formative years and where he was confronted with the influences of music and literature that saw him develop into the legendary Bob Dylan: the same Bob Dylan who now confronts and influences us all with his very own music and literature. In her article in this months Freewheelin'-on-line Paula Radice reports on a visit she and her friend Monica Butcher made to Hibbing in the summer of this year. Paula’s wonderful travelogue brings Hibbing to life and tells of the many characters she met who were acquainted with the Zimmerman family. And there are photographs too! We also have a staggeringly mind blowing article by C.P. Lee on the birth of the blues which is headed by a rare Bob-shot. Chris Cooper makes public his road diary of the UK 04 tour and Patrick Webster provides a very controversial interpretation of Nashville Skyline. I dare anyone to read this one and not blush! In fact the further you delve into the nigh on 70 pages of Take 29 (which is the electronic son of Freewheelin' 227) it is bound to make you embarrassed. How on earth, you may think, could we possibly make all this Dylan material so freely available whether you be living in America, Amsterdam or Paris? Just treat it as a slow train of good fortune, arriving at your station right now. No need for a ticket, you just get on board. Enjoy the ride with our compliments.

Take 30  

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In the year 2525, when some genetically modified Dylan fan cheats the system and looks back with a human passion at his hero’s career, he may think of the same in two distinct parts: before and after ‘Chronicles’. Before: the poet, performer, singer, songwriter who has delighted us time sharers with his wondrous works; and after: the Nobel prize winner famed for his masterpieces of literature derived from a head packed full of people he knew and places he went. For come on, lets face it: the book is that good. Take 30 of Freewheelin'-on-line (taken word for word from Freewheelin' 228) falls into the ‘before Chronicles’ category. But don’t let that put you off for there is still a lot of Dylan to get to grips with in this issue. For instance C.P. Lee gets deeper and deeper into the Blues with Dylan; Michael Crimmins gets struck by Lay Down Your Weary Tune; Paula Raddice talks Paul Williams and Bob Fletcher searches for the hat Dylan wore in Renaldo & Clara. You want more? There’s a great deal of it here. And it’s yours for the taking. Just press the button and watch it fall right into your lap(top).

Take 31  

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Here at Freewheelin' House, our front door and our mail box are never locked. We welcome all visitors and we are always pleased to receive any kind of missive from the outside world. It kind of keeps us and things generally in place. You know that we are here and we know that you are there but Freewheelin' House is a place for all of us to meet, so come on in. One of our visitors, Jeff Gitter, decided to write to us at Freewheelin' House and his letter, which includes some wise observations regarding our passion for Dylan’s work, can be found in Take 31 of Freewheelin'-on-line (which is taken directly from Freewheelin' 229). Take 31 also has a party feel about it as many Freewheelers attended the 20th anniversary of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society and their reports, together with photographic evidence of the usual suspects, are included here. You will also find lots more Dylan meat upon which to feast which has been carved nicely by this bunch of historians, collectors, observers, thinkers and revelers. Don’t leave the house empty handed. Take this one away with you.

Take 32  

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If this months Freewheelin'-on-line came gift wrapped with an index, then the following are just some of the names you would find among the glitterati mentioned in our pages: Billie Holliday; Blind Willie McTell; Bobby Neuwirth; Daniel Kramer; Father Christmas; Frank Zappa; George W. Bush; Greil Marcus; Jean Jacques Rousseau; John Cordwell; Keith Butler; Paul Williams; Robert Johnson; The Grateful Dead; The Incredible String Band; Tony Blair; Tony Curtis; Willem De Kooning; Woody Guthrie. Alas the provision of on index is a luxury too far but the aforementioned list gives you an idea of just how eclectic the contents of Take 32 of our Dylan internet magazine (taken straight from the binders of Freewheelin' 230) really are. So if you wish to check out the placements of these various names, there is no great need for maximum effort; no great need for New Years resolutions; even no great need for greed or hunger. You may say we are dreamers – and you are probably right! But we have great delight in inviting you to click away at this current installment in our series of dreams. And, best of all, you can access our dreams for free.

Take 33  

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In December 2004 something happened to make us Dylan twitchers sit up and take notice. We didn’t need binoculars to spot this unusual outing of our favourite song bird: all we had to do was turn on our T.V. sets and there was a full face Dylan chattering like he hasn’t done for almost 20 years. A very rare sighting indeed. But don’t worry if you didn’t catch the screening, for courtesy of Chris Cooper we have a full highlighted transcript of the ‘60 minutes’ interview in this Take 33 of Freewheelin'-on-line (taken word-for-word from Freewheelin' number 231). Now if you really do enjoy the outdoors then you will also be taken by the first part of a lengthy treatise by Patrick Webster which approaches Dylan’s work from an ecocritical point of view. Look out for that one among the pastures of plenty in this 50 page issue of your Dylan magazine on the internet. All you have to do is log on and download for our birds are not chained to any skyway. Have a go and you will soon see how good, ah how good, it feels to have something for free.

Take 34  

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For Bob Dylan fans, the year 2004 was something of an annus franticus – there just seemed to be so much going on that we hardly had time to draw breath Bob-wise: Masked & Anonymous was released on DVD; The Bootleg Series Volume 6 was in the shops; there was a  myriad of new books on Dylan, including his very own masterwork Chronicles Volume 1; an updated version of ‘Lyrics’ was published; Bob appeared in his first TV interview for almost 20 years and in between all this frantic activity there were some 114 live shows to delight us. In his 63rd year Dylan seems to be following the philosophy of his name sake poet Dylan Thomas who declared that old age should burn and rave at close of day! At the end of the year the Freewheelers were set the task of choosing their Top Ten Dylan and other events of 2004. The results are found in this Take 34 of Freewheelin'-on-line (taken directly from Freewheelin' number 232). Of course those Top Tens are mixed in with our other regular features which makes this one a bonus maximus. Whether or not you get ten out of ten for Latin (and I certainly don’t) we hope you enjoy this one: it’s yours for free.

Take 35  

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Freewheelin' 234
[published on-line 24 March 2005]

Now and again visitors come to Freewheelin' House bearing gifts. As Freewheelin' House however is a concept of the imagination rather than a structure of bricks and mortar, the gifts our visitors bring are normally works of their own imagination rather than potted plants and kitchen ware! The problems is that, once the resident Freewheelers have had their say, there is no space inside the House for much else and so we have no room to display the gifts of others. This month we are making an exception. When Padraig Hanratty tore through these quarters with a manuscript underneath his arm and a coat of green and gold, we just had to give him the space. Part 1 of Padraig’s Dylan inspired short story ‘Flowers in her Hair’ can be found in this Take 35 of Freewheelin'-on-line (taken from Freewheelin' number 233). And if you prefer your reading to be in parts, like a Shakespeare play, you will also find part 2 of Patrick J. Webster’s amazing ‘Conspiracy to Kill the Free’ here. Those two gems are among many others in this flaming ring of fire. And, just in case you haven’t noticed, those two Masters of the Universe namely Bob Dylan and Pablo Picasso are together again on the cover. This one is too good to be left on the shelf. Take it away, the only cost is your time.

Take 36  

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Freewheelin' 234

There’s a wind of change blowin’ around Freewheelin' House. Some say it is a wicked North wind, others say that it is fresh from the Caribbean, warmed by the breath of a tequila sunrise. Whilst certain mindsets may be bringing everything that’s near to me nearer to the fire, there’s still lots to see and do here in the library of the house that Bob built. For a start we have the conclusions to two major pieces of work by Patrick J. Webster and Padraig Hanratty. Then we open Mark Carter’s treasure chest of writings and drawings. Anyone who regularly takes our internet magazine will not want to miss this months installment of Mark’s search for Dylan in the pages of the press. Look out also for some excellent drawings from Mark’s imaginative pen. Chris Cooper is back with Magnetic Movements and Michael Crimmins joins the gang in the Rolling Thunder Revue. And if you sense that there may be some connection between Chronicles and William Blake then let us entertain your notion with an article on that very subject. Although Take 36 of Freewheelin'-on-line (taken from Freewheelin' number 234) is a delight to behold, you may feel that some of us here are trying to catch that wind of change. There’s no need for you to worry for its just a shadow that you’re seeing that we’re chasing. All you really have to do is press the right keys and its yours. With nothing to pay.


Take 37


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Freewheelin' 235
[published on-line 2 July 2005]

The residents of Freewheelin' house are not often seen standing on the side of the road with rain falling on their shoes. We always seem to be on the move and you will thus find that this Take 37 of Freewheelin'-on-line (taken from Freewheelin' number 235) has a strong sense of movement about it. The wonderful illustrated article ‘America Over The Water’ by Richard Lewis epitomizes the kind of movement I am talking about here. Richard relates an amazing journey of discovery and realization that he took across America in the summer of 1967 which included a sighting of Dylan in Woodstock. There is also a to-ing and fro-ing here between the ancient town of Hastings in the county of Sussex, England and the not  so ancient town of Hibbing in the State of Minnesota, USA as Paula Radice discloses her private correspondence with a resident of Dylan’s home town. Michael Crimmins’ article ‘Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)’ talks about another kind of journey and Patrick Webster joins in a tug-of-war with all those who rate ‘Chronicles’ so highly. And, talking of Chronicles, our librarian in residence Mark Carter takes a trip through the newspapers to find out what the world’s press made of Dylan’s own story of discovery and realisation.  As always with Freewheelin'-on-line, there is lots more and to join us on the journey you don’t have to pay any dues or get tangled up in any kind of rope. Whether you be a mathematician or a carpenters wife, just make some movements with your right hand and we’ll take you down the road to ecstasy. For free.

Take 38  

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Freewheelin' 236
[published on-line 24 January 2006]

On the basis that the road of excess leads to the Palace of Wisdom, here at Freewheelin' House we’ve had an excessive lock-in for the last six months. We’ve been having a perpetual party; a non-stop hoe down; a mammoth rave: all of every day and all of every night. The Freewheelers have had on their dancin’ shoes and we’ve done ‘em all – from the foxtrot, to the lope and pace. We’ve thrown sand on the floor and done the double shuffle – with one hand waving free. The reason for the celebration is that we’ve witnessed a complete turn of the wheel: it’s taken 20 years for the wheel to come full circle and now the rolling has ended with a total, exquisite, sunset. Lighting the candles on our cake, and indeed shining his light at every turn of our wheel, has been a guy who never wanted to join in the dance, a kind of lonesome hobo, a shady drifter always on his own. He’s made the dancing shoes for everyone here but he still walks round the house barefoot. But we continued with the festival anyway. We’ve had a festival of words, thousands of them jingle jangling down onto every page of the biggest Freewheelin' in history. And do you know what? We just can’t do better than this. We can’t mix a better medicine than the one we’ve brewed here. So it’s time for us to quit while we’re ahead of the game. For a while or forever? The secret lies buried in the garden of Freewheelin' House. One thing that we are going to do before the party ends however is open our front door and let that drifter escape into the world outside with a million thanks and kisses. He’s got plans to remake his own world at large. And as we open the front door to let him go, so you can all come in and join our party. You can read our festival of words which have a common theme and which are contained in this Take 38 of Freewheelin'-on-line (taken from Freewheelin' number 236). So put on your dancing shoes and click away your blues for free.  A word of warning though: you’d better be careful: you might want to stay in here forever.

Room 237  

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[Officially opened on 24 January 2006]

This room opened its door the same day as the last edition of Freewheelin'-on-line [FOL take 38 / Freewheelin' 236] was published. The idea was to open up the Freewheelin' project to everybody, Freewheelers past and present, and anybody else who had a Dylan-related story to tell and needed a platform from which to tell it.