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by Martin Stein


Apart from that ad and reviews of the Bootleg Series Vol. 6, here’s some other kind of news…

1.  This One’s For Leonard – The book Dylan and Cohen – Poets of Rock and Roll by David Boucher is due out in mid May price £17:50. Described as “a fascinating political, psychological and artistic profile of these two iconic writers and performers”. Paperback, 256 pages, ISBN 0826459811.

2.  False Idols Fall - A couple of 1960s idols may be coming to "American Idol." Producers of the Fox TV talentfest have confirmed that Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan are in line to become guest judges next season. Dylan's reps are said to be further along in negotiations, says Newsday's Robert Kahn, though McCartney is confirmed as being "interested."  

3.  Outlaw Blues - Bob Dylan made an unannounced appearance during Wednesday night's (5th May) taping of Willie Nelson's third annual USA Network concert special.  Dylan was one of the "outlaws and angels" that Willie Nelson brought out.

    During a three-hour show, the black-clad Nelson let his many guests take the spotlight. Dylan was among the early performers, singing with Nelson on You Win Again, a Hank Williams song. The Wiltern Theatre event, dubbed "Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels," will air as a two-hour special on Memorial Day, Monday 31st May.

4.  DVD Blues – Uncut 31 (June 2004) has a three-page feature (A Simple Twist of Fate) on Masked and Anonymous.

5. Quiz - Find out which Dylan song reflects your personality by answering a few questions at  

6.  Country Pie – A compilation CD of Dylan songs – Dylan Country – is due out on 18th May. Featured artists include Willie Nelson (alone and in duet with Bob on Heartlands), Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Weylon Jennings, Buck Owen and Hank Williams Jr. 

7.  Talkin’ World War 2 Blues - Scholars have identified the Scottish ballad Farewell To Sicily as the original tune for The Times They Are A-Changin’. The tune was composed in 1945 by Pipe Major James Robertson with words by Hamish Henderson to mark the withdrawal of Allied troops after the end of the Second World War. 

8.  Off The Top Of My Head - interesting interview with Dylan on his craft of song writing can be found at,3583678.story

9.  Basqued & Anonymous – Apparently the plot for the bra and knickers ad is that Bob meets a bobby dazzler in a fetching blue bra with matching knickers and an un-matching cowboy-hat-and-angel-wings combo. They stare each other out and we hear Bob say "I see - I see silhouettes in the window / I'm sick of love - I wish I'd never met you". The effect is that Bob knows that he shouldn't be with the dolly bird, but won't be able to help himself if she's got on that get-up.

The promotional CD which compliments the VS ad contains: She Belongs To Me / Don't Think Twice, It's All Right / To Ramona / Boots of Spanish Leather / It's All Over Now, Baby Blue / Love Sick [remix] / Make You Feel My Love / Things Have Changed / Sugar Baby

Willie Nelson & Friends  Willie Nelson & Friends