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by Martin Stein


Chimes of Freedom – A selection of new Dylan ringtones are now available for download from the ISIS website. 

Dylan Wallpaper – Now you can impress your friends at work with a 1964 b/w picture of strummin’ Bob that can be downloaded in 3 screen sizes from the BBC’s Top of the Pops website. 

Dylan Dates – Bob will be playing shows with both the Dead and Tom Petty this summer, a full list is now available from the official site. They are:


12th Winter Park, Colorado Winter Park Ski Resort
13th Casper, Wyoming Events Centre
15th Jackson Hole, Wyoming Snowking Amphitheatre
16th Big Sky, Montana Big Sky Pavilion
17th Salt Lake City, Utah USANA Amphitheatre
19th Lake Tahoe, Nevada Harvey's Outdoor Pavilion
21st Sun Valley, Idaho Sun Valley Outdoor Pavilion
22nd Nampa, Idaho Idaho Centre Amphitheatre with String Cheese Incident
23rd Bend, Oregon Les Schwab Ampitheatre
25th Kelseyville, California Konocti Field Amphitheatre
26th Paso Robles, California Mid State Fair
27th Costa Mesa, California Pacific Ampitheatre
29th Sunrise, Florida Office Depot Centre with The Dead
30th Tampa, Florida St. Pete Times Forum with The Dead
31st Atlanta, Georgia Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre with The Dead


2nd Joliet, Illinois Route 66 Raceway with The Dead
3rd Somerset, Wisconsin Float Rite Amphitheatre with The Dead
5th Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre with The Dead
6th Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheatre with The Dead
8th Darien Centre, New York Darien Lakes PAC with The Dead
9th Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Centre with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
10th Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Centre with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
12th TBA Save the Date
13th TBA Save the Date
14th TBA Save the Date
17th Wallingford, Connecticut Oakdale Theatre
19th Northampton, Massachusetts Venue TBA
21st Gilford, New Hampshire Meadowbrook Music Arts Center
22nd Syracuse, New York New York State Fair

Next Album – A dedicated “Masked and Anonymous” website ( contains info on the forthcoming film and details of the official “Masked and Anonymous” soundtrack album, which will go on sale on Tuesday 22nd July. The album will be available as a standard package and in a limited edition digi-pak. The limited-edition package contains a hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) featuring seven tracks from the newly remastered catalogue in standard audio, super audio and 5.1 surround sound. This special disc is playable on any CD player as well as on an SACD compatible player. The full track list is:

  1. MY BACK PAGES performed by the Magokoro Brothers

  2. GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY performed by Shirley Caesar

  3. DOWN IN THE FLOOD (new version) performed by Bob Dylan

  4. IT'S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE performed by the Grateful Dead

  5. MOST OF THE TIME performed by Sophie Zelmani

  6. ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS performed by Los Lobos

  7. DIAMOND JOE performed by Bob Dylan

  8. Come Una Pietra Scalciata (LIKE A ROLLING STONE) performed by Articolo 31

  9. ONE MORE CUP OF COFFEE performed by Sertab

  10. NON DIRLE CHE NON E COSI (If You See Her, Say Hello) performed by Francesco De Gregori

  11. DIXIE performed by Bob Dylan

  12. SENOR (TALES OF YANKEE POWER) performed by Jerry Garcia

  13. COLD IRONS BOUND (new version) performed by Bob Dylan

      Bonus Track

  1. CITY OF GOLD performed by the Dixie Hummingbirds

All songs, words and music by Bob Dylan except Diamond Joe and Dixie; traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan and Like A Rolling Stone written by Bob Dylan/Vito Perrini/Allesandro Aleotti

Bonus disc track listing (Special SACD hybrid disc recording):

  1. ALL I REALLY WANT TO DO from the upcoming The Bootleg Series Vol. #6, Bob Dylan Live 1964, The Philharmonic Hall Concert (previously unreleased)

  2. LOVE MINUS ZERO/NO LIMIT from Bringing It All Back Home


  4. TANGLED UP IN BLUE from Blood on the Tracks

  5. GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY from Slow Train Coming

  6. MOONLIGHT from "Love and Theft"

  7. COLD IRONS BOUND bonus track from the soundtrack Masked And Anonymous


Dylan is Pants shock - New ranges of designer jeans named after rock and roll icons include a pair named after our hero (See picture).


Accompanied by Drew Barrymore, centre, and Lucy Liu, right, Cameron Diaz sports a new pair of jeans inspired by rocker Bob Dylan at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in April.

DVD Down-under - Live Australia DVD.  The Hard to Handle HBO broadcast is available as a Portuguese DVD import from  “Concert for Bangla Desh” is also available in the same format. 

Lyrics 1965 – i Tunes Music Store is showing Desolation Row as having explicit lyrics!  My two guesses are “everybody’s making love” or else “expecting rain”. 

Here Comes The Story - Steve Hoffman has written a short article on how Dylan recorded Hurricane. 

Sometimes I’m In The Mood - A couple of American academics have discovered that the music you listen to apparently shows your personality type.  Those of us who choose Dylan are positive, creative but probably not good at sports. 

Complete Unknown is an irregular, irreverent 94-minute documentary by Griffin      Ondaatje and Craig Proctor. Made over three years, the film follows the dynamic duo as they try to gain an audience with Dylan.  I guess you can guess the rest. 

Yonder Comes Sin – Professor Christopher Rick’s new book Dylan’s Visions of Sin will be available in late September 2003 

He’s very well read, it’s well known – a right old broo-ha-ha has erupted over Dylan’s apparent use of Junichi Saga’s obscure 1991 book Confessions of a Yakuza within “Love and Theft”. Chris Johnson made the discovery and an extensive list of text links can be found at  

Examples from the book include:

·        My old man would sit there like a feudal lord

·        If it bothers you so much, she’d say, “Why don’t you just shove off”

·        I’m not as cool or forgiving as I might have sounded

·        I don’t know how it looked to other people, but I never even slept with her – not once

·        My mother…was the daughter of a wealthy farmer…died when I was 11…my father was a travelling salesman…I never met him. [My uncle] was a nice man, I wont forget him 

Anyhow Saga is quite flattered by Dylan seemingly copy copying from his book (which has subsequently shot up the Amazon best-selling list) and won’t be suing.  An excellent take on Dylan as plagiarist by Luke Thorn can be found at  

Alias anything you please – more info on the up-coming Masked & Anonymous film (including US theatre showings) can be found at .  A wealth of information e.g. ‘Films which inspired M&A’, ‘Allusions, References, Interesting Theories…’ and ‘M&A Great Quotes interesting social commentaries’ etc. is available from the M&A Discussion Board at  A sympathetic review of the film by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion can be found at  

I’m just a song and dance man – the Bob Dylan musical production Forever Young: The Music of Bob Dylan was performed at London’s Royal National Theatre from 16 – 22 July.  The complete song list (which would be a dream set list!) is: 

Act I 

The Times They Are A-Changin’
Bob Dylan’s Dream
I Want You
All I Really Want To Do
Just Like A Woman
It Ain’t Me, Babe
Like A Rolling Stone
Mr. Tambourine Man
You’re A Big Girl Now
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Positively 4th Street
Ring Them Bells
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 


Act II

Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
Talkin’ World War II Blues
Lay, Lady, Lay
Boots Of Spanish Leather
Simple Twist Of Fate
If Not For You
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Masters Of War
I Shall Be Released
Gotta Serve Somebody
Chimes Of Freedom
Blowin’ In The Wind
My Back Pages
Forever Young 

Now try and work a plot out of that lot

Play it again sham – Dan Friedman’s play Boy From the North Country was performed at the Marshall Performing Arts Centre on the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus on 18 - 19 July.  The play is a fictional, fun and entertaining musical account of Bob Dylan’s formative years in Minnesota and Greenwich Village. 

Complete set lists from Dylan’s current tour can be found at 

Can you cook and sow? – a recipe, reported to be from Beatty Zimmerman, for Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf Bread (dated 7th July 1999) has been posted on  

Site for sore eyes - a new (to me) Dylan site The Bob Dylan Starting Point has appeared at  It carries extensive information on books and CDs along with useful links to other Dylan sites.