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by Martin Stein

Days ahead of his (last ever?) UK tour, here’s a summary of what happened last month:

1.  Columbia/Legacy has set a 1st June release date for 14 remastered Bob Dylan titles, which first hit the marketplace last year as Super Audio CD hybrids. The remasters, which include Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, Highway 61 Revisited, John Wesley Harding and Bringing It All Back Home, will be available in jewel cases as opposed to the digipaks that housed last year's editions. The lone album that was part of the initial hybrid campaign that is not being made available next month is ‘Love and Theft’. 

2.  The late music composer Trinh Cong Son will be the first Vietnamese composer to be posthumously awarded the World Peace Music Award (WPMA) for his contributions to global peace. Five other notable music composers, namely Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Harry Belafonte and Country Joe McDonald will be awarded at the ceremony. The award ceremony will be on 22nd June. 

3.  Dylan’s added an extra show at the 1,900-seater Barrowland club in Glasgow on 24 June sold out in hours. 

4.  Apparently Bob is one of the 25,000 members of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

5.  Old Crow Medicine Show’s new single Wagon Wheel, is an unfinished Bob Dylan song originally intended for the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid soundtrack but never recorded by Dylan.  Fiddler Ketch Secor added additional lyrics and melody. So, on his very first album, Secor is, essentially, co-writing a song with Bob Dylan. “We heard it on a bootleg. A great song. `Rock me mama like a wagon wheel . . .' It cuts through like a hot knife,” Secor said.

6.  Three new celebrity wines - from Bob Dylan, Carole Bouquet and Gerard Depardieu - debut in the U.S. next autumn. Dylan's wine, produced with Italian winemaker Antonio Terni, is called Planet Waves 2002, a blend of Montepulciano wine and merlot. It will sell for $65 a bottle. 

Avril Lavigne will contribute a song on Unity, the official Athens 2004 Olympic Games album. The Canadian singer covers Bob Dylan's Knockin' on Heavens Door. This first of three official 2004 Olympic albums is set for release on 10th August.