The Whole Wide World is watching

The best of the web
(with thanks to Expecting Rain)

by Martin Stein



This month an Illustrated Special Edition Collector’s Issue! 

1.  My Best Friend The Doctor – The big news of course was Bob being awarded an honorary degree by St Andrew’s University on 23rd June.  Much media coverage produced the following pictures.

Dr Robert    Dr Robert

Dr Robert  Dr Robert

2.  Everybody’s Got Something To Sell – Rare Dylan collectibles, from posters and  harmonicas to one of his own rabbit fur hats are up for sale at A

3.  A new book, Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader is due out on 30th October 2004.  Edited by Benjamin Hendin, ISBN: 0393058441, the Hardback will be 288 pages long and retail for £13.58.

4.  Bob’s name has been given to a £1,400-a-night penthouse suite at the five-star Radisson Edwardian Hotel – formerly known as Manchester’s Free Trade Hall!

5.  Love Sick - Bob Dylan reportedly visited The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, where he did impromptu songs with harmonica and gave harmonicas out to sick children.


6.  And All That Jazz - Dylan has appeared at the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Gala Benefit at the Apollo Theatre, New York. Backed by Wynton Marsalis and his band he performed It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry and Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.

Dylan at Apollo

7.  Mystery Solved - A Belfast teenager who was captured on Eat The Document is well-known fiction writer Daniel Easterman. Three people - two pupils from RBAI and a girl (Josephine Herbert) from Victoria College - were interviewed outside the former Ritz cinema before Dylan's concert that night.  One of the youngsters was Daniel Easterman, a pen-name used by Belfast-born Denis McEoin, who also writes under the name Jonathan Aycliffe. It is understood he currently lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. Speaking about Dylan in 1966 the young man, nicknamed Beaky, told the interviewer: “Sometimes he manages to hit the right note - to say the right things, but maybe he should read a few decent poets - Shakespeare perhaps.”

8.  Rolling Thunder - Is it Rolling, Bob?: A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan will be released by Sanctuary / RAS Records on 16th August 2004. The album features a rare remix of I and I featuring the legendary drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie.

9.   I Got My Mojo Workin’ - The July edition of Mojo carries an interesting illustrated article on the 1978 tour.