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2019

14 December 2019 - John Green Anniversary  
John Green Anniversary, 14Dec2019

Picture taken during the special evening held at The Red Bull on 14 December 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of John Green, who was a completist Bob Dylan collector, a Freewheeler and a very good friend to many. From left: Chris Cooper, Graham Dixon, Bill Dallas, John Stokes, Tim Price, Jeff Stevens and David Palmer. There was plenty of Dylan audio and video during the evening, as well as lots of chat. JN

●  We held a series of six annual John Green Days from 2001 [see here].

28 November 2019
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Revue [Bootleg Series Vol. 05]' went under the spotlight and we played 'Isis' ● Richard Stokes led us through the story behind the Woody Guthrie song 'The Sinking of the Reuben James'  ●  John Nye talked about another Woody Guthrie song 'Dear Mrs Roosevelt' and the resurrection of it by Bob Dylan & The Band at The Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert at Carnegie Hall on 20 January 1968. The song and the event are the subject of an online podcast currently available at PodBean [click here, then scroll down for links to download the 13-part podcast]  ●  John Nye gave a diary date for the Bob Dylan tribute band Simply Dylan playing next year at The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft on July 11 [see here]  ●  We remembered John Cohen, musician, photographer and archivist, who died on September 16 aged 87. He was one of the first to photograph the young Bob Dylan in New York in 1962, and we played a short video of John talking about his first meeting with Dylan and about the pictures he took [see here]  ●  Jeff Stevens and the Bob Dylan/Rolling Stones performance of 'Like A Rolling Stone' from the new official Rolling Stones release 'Bridges To Buenos Aires'. We played the official video version, as well as the audio from another Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones performance of 'Like A Rolling Stone', from Montpellier, France, on 27 July 1995  ●  John Nye led the discussion on 'Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15', and we played a collection of promo videos for the release, including documentary footage concerning the Dylan/Cash and Earl Scruggs recordings  ●  Chris Cooper talked about the current Bob Dylan tour and the prospect of concerts next year. At the time of the meeting Dylan was nearly half-way through a 10-night residency at The Beacon Theatre in New York  ●  Chris Cooper delivered his final talk on his thoughts and conclusions following his visit to The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa earlier this year. Tonight he turned his attention to 'Desire' session sheets  ●  Audio: BBC radio DJs David Hepworth and Simon Mayo on why it's pointless to try and interview Bob Dylan  ●  Video: Bob Dylan and his band performing 'Tangled Up In Blue' at The Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, 5 May 2017 [poster here] JN

26 September 2019
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Slow Train Coming' went under the spotlight and we played 'Precious Angel'  ●  We remembered D.A. Pennebaker, the documentary film-maker, who died on August 1 aged 94, and played the 'Don't LJohn Green 20th Anniversary, 14 Dec 2019ook Back' outtake video 'If You Gotta Go, Go Now' [De Montfort Hall, Leicester - 2May1965]  ●  John Nye led the discussion on 'Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15', the latest multi-CD collection in the Bootleg Series being released on November 1  ●  Jeff Stevens unveiled his quiz 'Who said what to Bob?', which had a prize of the latest edition of 'Bridge' magazine that includes an interview by Chris Cooper with Michael Chaiken, curator of The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa  ●  Allen Purvis on the latest Bob Dylan art exhibitions both here and abroad  ●  Chris Cooper continued with his thoughts and conclusions following his visit to The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa. Tonight he turned his attention to 'Street Legal' session sheets ... more to follow at the next Bobchat meeting on November 28  ●  David Palmer reported on the 'Million Dollar Bash' festival, which was held in August celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's appearance at the 1969 Isle Of Wight Festival  ●  'Echo Of The North Country', that 'new' Bob Dylan poem unveiled by Ashley Hutchings at 'Million Dollar Bash' and we played the video of Ashley reading the poem from the stage  ●  We also rewound to the 1969 IOW festival with some new footage from the event - 'She Belongs To Me'. We also played part of a video with IOW organiser Ray Foulk talking about the background and development of the 1969 Isle Of Wight festival  ●  Video: Hurricane [Worcester, Massachusetts, 19 November 1975] and You're A Big Girl Now [Fort Collins, Colorado, 23 May 1976] [poster here] JN

25 July 2019
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': Shot Of Love went under the spotlight and we played 'Every Grain Of Sand'  ●  Jeff Stevens talked us through the Rob Stoner interview 'Know Your Bass Player' [part one can be found here, part two here]  ●  John Nye led the discussion on Bob Dylan's last two concerts of his recent European tour - BST Hyde Park, London and Nowlan Park in Kilkenny, Ireland. Jonathan Fudger attended both and we played the video of that duet with Neil Young from the Kilkenny show 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken'  ●  Chris Cooper spoke at length about his recent trip to the US and his many visits to The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa. He spent long days rummaging through the archive gathering information for his DylanBase database. Lots of stories and dozens of assorted facts ... to be continued at the next Bobchat meeting on September 26  [poster here] JN

13 June 2019TCBDS Bobchat 27 July 2017
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': Street-Legal went under the spotlight and we played the majestic 'Where Are You Tonight (Journey Through Dark Heat)'  ●  Jeff Stevens reviewed Bob Dylan's concert on 2 April at the s.Oliver Arena in Würzburg, Germany  ●  Jonathan Fudger talked briefly about the Paris show he attended  ●  Allen Purvis on the 2019 instalment from Bob Dylan’s 'The Beaten Path' art collection  ●  'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese' got its Netflix premiere the day before our meeting: 'Part documentary, part concert film and part fever dream'. David Palmer, Jeff Stevens and Chris Hamilton all attended the London premiere and talked about the film and the event, particularly the 'fever dream' fantasy aspect of the film  ●  John Nye introduced the brief discussion about the new 14CD boxset 'The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings'  ●  Chris Rolph showed some bootleg vinyl of Rolling Thunder concerts from his extensive collection  ●  Wes Stace, who wrote the notes included in the new Rolling Thunder boxset, was a regular attendee of early TCBDS meetings. In fact, our first ever meeting was held in his Jesus College rooms [Hello Wes, what a small world!]  ●  John Nye on Bob Dylan's European tour resuming in Bergen, Norway on June 21, and including BST at Hyde Park, London, and Nowlan Park in Kilkenny, Ireland, both shows where he shares the stage with Neil Young  ●  Video: 'If Not For You - A Bob Dylan Film', a 78th birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, made by Jaimin Rajani and Vineet Arora, see here; Dylan on stage in Vienna 16 April reprimanding some in the audience for taking photos. [poster here] JN

28 March 2019
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': Infidels outtakes on 'Bootleg Series Vols 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991' went under the spotlight and we played 'Blind Willie McTell'  ●  We remembered Izzy Young, who sadly passed away in February and played two short video extracts of him talking about Bob Dylan  ●  Richard Stokes on a scathing profile of Israeli art dealer Ehud Sheleg and comments about Bob Dylan's art  ●  Record Store Day, Saturday April 13 - Bob Dylan, 'Blood On The Tracks' - original New York test pressing, see website here  ●  Jeff Stevens played an audio of the late Steve Ripley talking about the 1981 Bob Dylan tour and meeting up with George Harrison and Ringo Starr. He also played an interview with Larry Charles talking about Bob Dylan and his film 'Masked & Anonymous'  ●  John Nye introduced the discussion on 'The World Of Bob Dylan', the first international Bob Dylan symposium, being held in Tulsa, USA, from May 30 to June 2, see here  ●  'Dylan Archives IV', rare Bob Dylan film clips from The Bob Dylan Archive at the University of Tulsa, will be screened at The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival on April 28, see here  ●  'Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond', an exhibition presented by The Bob Dylan Center and being held at Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum starting on May 10, see here  ●  John Stokes on 'Dylan the villain' winning the ultimate prize at the Crufts dog show  ●  John Stokes reviewed 'A Wanderer By Trade', a new book by Patrick Webster  ●  Chris Cooper reviewed 'A Voice From On High' a new book by Phil Mason, and 'The Story of The Band: From Big Pink to the Last Waltz', a new book by Harvey Kubernick and Ken Kubernik  ●  'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese', the film about the 1975 leg of the tour and soon to be premiered on Netflix, will have a 14-CD set accompanying it, to be released in May  ●  Bob Dylan starts his European tour on March 31 - from Dusseldorf to Kilkenny, 36 dates including his only UK concert at BST Hyde Park on July 12  ●  Video: Bob Dylan & Joan Baez, Philharmonic Hall, New York, 31 October 1964; Bob Dylan & The Band, two clips from Melbourne, 1966; Bob Dylan parody from German TV [English with German subtitles]; Pablo Dylan [Bob Dylan's grandson] - 'The Final Somersault'; 'Gotta Serve Somebody', Beacon Theatre, New York, 27 November 2018; 'Visions Of Johanna', Chicago, 27 October 2001. [poster here] JN

31 January 2019TCBDS Bobchat 25 May 2017
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye, and we remembered Clydie King and Steve Ripley, who both sadly passed away in January    John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Dylan & The Dead' went under the spotlight and we played 'Queen Jane Approximately'    John Nye spoke briefly about Bob Dylan and Neil Young's 'stand-alone' concert this year at 'British Summer Time' in Hyde Park, London, on July 12    John Nye on Simply Dylan playing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on February 15 [see here]    Every picture tells a story - John Stokes on the photos in the new 'More Blood, More Tracks' boxset and what they reveal    Chris Cooper on rumours and assorted facts surrounding future Bob Dylan Bootleg Series projects    'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese', a film about the 1975 leg of the tour, will be released on Netflix later this year: 'Part documentary, part concert film and part fever dream'    In search of Renaldo - Chris Cooper introduced the discussion on the Allen Ginsberg interview with Bob Dylan on 28 October 1977 [link here   Chris Cooper on fake Dylan memorabilia [see here  Armando Fusco spoke about Bob Dylan vinyl bootlegs    Chris Cooper and the more than expected number of Bob Dylan notebooks currently being held at the Bob Dylan Archive at the University of Tulsa    Audio: 'On Wisconsin' - Trapper Schoepp [Dylan lyrics] [audio here]; 'Gone But Not Forgotten' - Bear And A Banjo [Dylan lyrics] [audio here  Video: Bob Dylan & Clydie King (duet), 'Abraham, Martin & John', from 'Trouble No More' boxset; Bob Dylan (with Steve Ripley on guitar), 'Like A Rolling Stone' and clips of other songs, Bad Segeberg, West Germany, 14 July 1981; Bob Dylan visits Woody Guthrie in hospital [parody]; 'One from the archive' featured Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead, 'Chimes Of Freedom' and 'Joey', East Rutherford, New Jersey, 12 July 1987. [poster here] JN

2018

29 November 2018
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'New Morning' went under the spotlight and we played 'Sign On The Window'  ●  Jeff Stevens gave a review of 'Dix Jours Avec Bob Dylan', a French book by Robert Martin looking at Dylan's stay with David Oppenheim in France in May 1975 [see article here, in French]  ●  Richard Stokes introduced a light-hearted look at Dylan parodies and we played several  ●  Chris Cooper reviewed the new Blu-ray collection 'The Last Waltz [Masters of Cinema] Limited Edition' - The Band's farewell concert [see here]  ●  John Nye gave a round-up of the latest Bob Dylan podcasts, including two currently on offer from Rolling Stone magazine [see here] and five currently available from the 'Is It Rolling, Bob? Talking Dylan' series [see here]  ●  John Nye on The Bob Dylan Fan Club [see here]  ●  Lossless Bob's website has been down since early October, a temporary archive facility is available here  ●  Allen Purvis on the latest from 'Mondo Scripto', Bob Dylan's new artwork collection. Chris Cooper also looked at the lyric changes presented in the collection  ●  Chris Cooper introduced the discussion on the new 'More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 [DELUXE EDITION]' and we played his highlight: 'You're Az Big Girl Now' [Take 3]  ●  Bob Dylan and Neil Young headlining at British Summer Time concert in Hyde Park, London, on July 12 [see here]  ●  Videos: a 15-minute edited film including an early interview with John Hammond talking about 'Blood On The Tracks' and a contemporary interview with musicians from the Minneapolis sessions now acknowledged on the new 'More Blood, More Tracks' boxset; Dylan guesting on 'The Jimmy Fallon Show' [see video here]; Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, Denver, 7June1999. [poster here] JN

27 September 2018
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Blood On The Tracks' went under the spotlight and we played 'Idiot Wind'  ●  John Nye introduced the discussion on the new 6CD box set 'More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 [DELUXE EDITION]' due out on November 2  ●  John Stokes on 'Mondo Scripto', the new Bob Dylan artwork collection being launched in the UK next week  ●  Chris Cooper examined the highs and lows of the latest leg of the Bob Dylan 2018 tour, which included intriguing rewrites for two Dylan standards 'When I Paint My Masterpiece' and 'Gotta Serve Somebody'  ●  Chris Cooper and John Stokes on Bob Dylan fanzines over the years, many titles were brought in to the meeting and handed around  ●  Chris Cooper on the collection of sheet music and acetates Bob Dylan gifted to Odetta in the 1960s [see here]  ●  Videos: 'Visions Of Johanna', Belfast, 6 May 1966; 'Man Of Peace', Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead, Foxboro, 4 July 1987; Rare 1965 audio of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in Raleigh before concert at Reynolds Coliseum, interviewed by Steve Berkowitz, snippet only; 'Slow Train' new version, edited from two nights, Toronto April 20 and Buffalo May 1980. [poster here] JN

26 July 2018
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Highway 61 Revisited' went under the spotlight and we played 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues'  ●  John Nye talked briefly about the up-coming Bob Dylan tour starting the next day [27 July] in Seoul, South Korea. The first six dates are all in different countries: South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia!  ●  We remembTCBDS Bobchat 31 May 2018ered John Baldwin, who died on May 29. He used to regularly attend TCBDS meetings during the early days of his Dignity fanzine. Many of us subscribed to his invaluable Desolation Row information service and also secured concert tickets through the Bob Dylan ticket allocation arrangement he had with UK promoters  ●  John Nye on The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa - author Clinton Heylin and historian/musicologist John Troutman gave their first impressions of the archive at a recent symposium in Tulsa, on the theme of Bob Dylan's travels across America [video can be found here]  ●  We also discussed The Bob Dylan Center which opens in the Tulsa arts district in 2021 and will be 'the primary public venue' for The Bob Dylan Archive. The Center will curate and exhibit the archive's collection of more than 100,000 items including handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence. At last somewhere for the fans to go  ●  Richard Stokes spoke of a Dylan-related article he read in The Times Literary Supplement: 'My friend Bob', by Daniel Karlin [link here]  ●  Chris Cooper read some extracts from a new book giving a fans-eye view of Bob Dylan during the first decade of his career: "The Day I Was There" by Neil Cossar  ●  We discussed the latest rumour surrounding 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 14' and it's suggested title of 'More Blood, More Tracks' and also discussed Vol. 15, which is rumoured to be centred around 'Infidels' outtakes  ●  The latest CD release 'Live 1962-1966 - Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections', a double CD compilation, is expected to arrive any day  ●  Chris Cooper showed a copy of 'The Ultimate Music Guide: Bob Dylan & The Band', a supplement of the Uncut magazine, currently in the shops  ●  Chris Cooper led the discussion on 'Rewind - back to 1978: forty years on...' and showed Press cuttings from the day, and Chris Rolph brought a box of 1978 vinyl bootlegs  ●  Videos: 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue', Toronto, 12 October 1978; Mixed footage, Blackbushe, 15 July 1978; 'Tombstone Blues', Newport Folk Festival, 1965. [poster here] JN

31 May 2018TCBDS Bobchat 31 May 2018
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye - Bobchat meets Video Night, a mixture of chat and never before seen Dylan video. On a hot New Jersey night...  ● 
Al and Cathy Masciocchi were visiting from Connecticut and stayed for the entire evening, before jetting back to the USA  ●  David Palmer spoke about the Gene Simmons $2,000 box set, 'The Vault', that includes songs written with Bob Dylan  ●  David also spoke about the Bob Dylan concert he attended in Barcelona in March  ●  John Nye discussed the question - is The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa for academics or fans?  ●  Bob Dylan vinyl releases available at Record Store Day on April 21 were talked about by David Palmer and we also played the official video of 'Masters Of War (The Avener Rework)'  ●  John Stokes began a short discussion on the next Bootleg Series, which is believed to be centred around 'Blood On The Tracks' outtakes  ●  Throughout the evening Chris Cooper introduced rare Bob Dylan video, including the evening opener 'Series Of Dreams' [1994-02-12 Osaka]; 'Every Grain Of Sand' [1994-10-04 Portland]; 'Dignity' [1995-03-26 Brighton]; 'Born In Time' [1994-10-12 Providence]; 'When I Paint My Masterpiece' [1992-10-30 Beverly]; 'I & I' [1994-02-16 Hiroshima]; 'I Shall Be Released' (with Jewel) [1996-04-18 Providence]; and the evening closer 'Series Of Dreams' [1994-02-16 Hiroshima]. [poster here] JN

29 March 2018
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye, who also talked briefly about Dylan Archives III, a collection of rare Bob Dylan films to be screened on April 29 at the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival  ●  Meanwhile, in Britain we have Bob Dylan on BBC4 TV [30 March 2018]: 9.00pm David PalmerJohnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music; 10.00pm Arena: Bob Dylan - Trouble No More [and here afterwards]; 11.00pm ...Sings Dylan II, a one-hour compilation of cover versions  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits' went under the spotlight and we played 'Positively 4th Street'  ●  Richard Stokes took us into the world of Australian artist Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) and explained the artist's fascination with Bob Dylan - art, life and other things. Brett Whiteley used to paint to a Dylan soundtrack played so loud his studio had to be soundproofed, so that it wouldn't disturb the neighbours. Now there's an idea...  ●  John Nye introduced a video of David Kemper talking about exchanging gifts with Bob Dylan  ●  David Palmer led a brief talk about the workings of the Bob Dylan Archive at the University of Tulsa  ●  David Palmer posed a challenge with his T-shirt [see picture] - which concert/year is the T-shirt promoting? We did eventually work it out - 1966  ●  David Palmer on the archive of historic and previously unseen photographs [including Bob Dylan] unearthed in the vaults of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and now on tour and in the UK in June [see here]  ●  John Nye chose his highlight from the 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 - Trouble No More 1979-1981': 'Caribbean Wind' (Rehearsal - 23Sep1980), which we played  ●  Chris Cooper led the discussion on 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 - Trouble No More 1979-1981' - the highs and lows, and bits left off  ●  Joan Baez audio 'Troubled And I Don't Know Why', from BBC TV Live In Edinburgh 1965, where she also explains how Dylan wrote the song ● Videos: 'Idiot Wind', Toronto, 18 August 1992; 'He Was A Friend Of Mine', Roy Orbison Tribute Concert, 1990. [poster here] JN

25 January 2018
The meeting was cancelled. [poster here] JN

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30 November 2017
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Real Live' went under the spotlight and we played 'Tombstone Blues'  ●  John Nye introduced an extract from a documentary video about Club 47 and the early Cambridge (USA) folk scene, which included audio clips of Bob Dylan playing at the club  ●  Allen Purvis on Dylan's 2017 art collection from 'The Beaten Path' series, launched recently at Castle Galleries, Cambridge  ●  John Nye looked at 'The Midnight Cafe' blog [here] and 'A Thousand Highways' blog [here]  ●  Frank Hopkins on DylanRadio.com  ●  Tom Petty 1950-2017 - we played an edited interview of Tom Petty talking about working with, among others, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and The Traveling Wilburys  ●  Jeff Stevens played audio extracts from the DVD 'Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan' featuring various members of Dylan's Gospel period backing band talking about their time on the road with Dylan  ●  Chris Cooper led the discussion on The Bootleg Series: 'Vol. 13 - Trouble No More 1979-1981'  ●  Videos: 'City Of Gold', NEC, Birmingham, 5 July 1981; 'Learning To Fly', Denver, Colorado, 21 October 2017. [poster here] JN

28 September 2017
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Oh Mercy' went under the spotlight and we played 'Most Of The Time'  ●  All the latest news from the soon to be released [November 3] next edition of The Bootleg Series: 'Vol. 13 - Trouble No More 1979-1981', including Chris Cooper looking at recent books dealing with Dylan's Gospel years  ●  John Stokes reviewed 'Girl From The North Country', the play written and directed by Conor McPherson, with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan  ●  Chris Cooper reviewed 'Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts', a new 3CD boxset celebrating the 1968 and 1970 US concerts, with contributions from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jack Elliott and others [see here]; an Amazon release is on Oct 6 [here]  ●  Jeff Stevens on Arthur Baker and the 'Empire Burlesque' sessions  ●  The recently surfaced Allen Ginsberg '65 tapes - San Francisco and San Jose - were discussed, and we played 'Visions of Johanna' from the San Francisco concert  ●  Rewind - back to 1975: Bob Dylan goes on the road with The Rolling Thunder Revue. Chris Cooper led the discussion on the tour, and included Press cuttings [brought by Chris] and vinyl bootlegs [brought by Chris Rolph]. We also heard an enthralling first-hand account from Carol Casper, who attended several of the Rolling Thunder Revue concerts  ●  Video: 'Romance In Durango', Hammersmith Apollo, London, 24 November 2003. [poster here] JN

27 July 2017
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid' went under the spotlight and we played 'Billy 4'  ●  Allen Purvis reported on Bob Dylan's Nobel acceptance speech - and his possible borrowings from SparkNotes  ●  John Nye on the recently found unpublished Bob Dylan song about 'the dairy State' Wisconsin and its failed attempted auction  ●  John Nye looked at 'Plumdusty's Page' [here]  ●  John Stokes reported on the play 'Girl From The North Country' [written and directed by Conor McPherson, with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan] currently on at The Old Vic in London [here]  ●  Armando Fusco shared a poster for The Bob Dylan Story, a Dylan tribute act playing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds [here]  ●  MyWay66: David Palmer chose his highlight from the live 1966 boxset - 'Just Like A Woman' from the last night of the tour, Royal Albert Hall 27 May 1966, which we played  ●  Rewind - back to 1974: Bob Dylan and The Band go on tour and all concerts sell out in record time. Chris Cooper led the discussion on the tour, which included Press cuttings [brought by Chris, together with a book or two] and memorabilia, including books and vinyl bootlegs [brought by others]  ●  We looked at BBC's Celebrity Mastermind from last December, which included Piers Taylor answering questions on Bob Dylan  ●  Videos: 'Precious Angel', New York, 1989; 'Something', New York, 2002; 'Summer Days', Milwaukee, 2017; 'Trying To Get To Heaven', Troy, 2011. [poster here] JN

25 May 2017
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Down In The Groove' under the spotlight and we played 'Silvio'  ●  Allen Purvis reported on the launch of Bob Dylan's new silkscreen artwork collection at Castle Galleries in Cambridge  ●  It used to go like that, now it goes like this: Chris Cooper introduced a new Dylan coversongs feature with video of P.J. Harvey singing 'Highway 61 Revisited'  ●  John Nye on the albums that never were, a website [here] dedicated to 'reconstructing famous unreleased albums', including a Bob Dylan soundtrack album for 'Eat The Document', the documentary of Bob Dylan's 1966 UK tour with the Hawks  ●  MyWay66: Allen Purvis chose his highlights from the new 1966 boxset - 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue', which we played, and 'One Too Many Mornings', both from Sheffield, 16 May 1966  ●  John Nye played short video clips of Izzy Young and John Hammond talking about the young Bob Dylan in New York in the early 60s  ●  Further video clips followed, including a new transfer of 'Hazel' from 'Last Waltz', and 'City Of Gold' from Birmingham NEC 1981  ●  Chris Cooper led the discussion on Bob Dylan's just-completed UK tour - highlights/heartbreaks, tour stories; including 18 minutes [5 songs] of video with Dylan and the band on stage at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham on May 5  ●  Bob Dylan rarities screened at the third annual Asbury Park Music and Film Festival held in April. [poster here] JN

30 March 2017
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Bootleg Series Vol. 06: Live 1964 - Concert At Philharmonic Hall' under the spotlight and we played 'It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)'  ●  John Nye introduced the discussion on Triplicate, Bob Dylan's new triple album of American standards being released the day after Bobchat  ●  Chris Cooper took an in-depth look at 'Q&A With Bill Flanagan', the revealing new interview on bobdylan.com [here] talking about, among other things, the new album release and the era it harks back to  ●  Jeff Stevens reported on two interviews with Bob Dylan session men, with their observations of working with Dylan in the late 60s, and played audio extracts of both  ●  John Nye on the up-coming UK Bob Dylan shows at The London Palladium, the theatre mentioned by Dylan in his Nobel prize acceptance speech months before the theatre booking was announced  ●  Chris Cooper talked extensively on the just-published list of artefacts being stored at the Bob Dylan Archive at the University of Tulsa, and included a short film featuring the archive's curator, Michael Chaiken  ●  David Palmer reported on 'Bob Dylan: A Celebration', a gala evening of Bob Dylan music and discussion at The Bath Festival on 20 May 2017 [more information here]  ●  John Stokes on Bob Dylan's new silkscreen artwork collection being launched at Castle Galleries in Cambridge on April 20 [more information here]. [poster here] JN

26 January 2017
We chose 'Fourth Time Around' from Dylan's Melbourne 1966 concert as our theme tune for the night - as we celebrated our fourth anniversary at The Red Bull pub  ●  Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'PlayTCBDS Bobchat 25 May 2017 A Song From Me': 'Planet Waves' under the spotlight and we played track 6, 'Forever Young'  ●  John Nye on MediaMass and fake news - Dylan stories in the press that just don't ring true  ●  Jeff Stevens took an in-depth look at the Robbie Robertson's autobiography 'Testimony', aided by David Palmer and Chris Cooper  ●  Small town America comes to Lancashire, UK! Allen Purvis reported on the latest twist in The Beaten Path, which is still making headlines even after the exhibition has closed  ●  Sid Astbury [visiting Cambridge for the weekend] spoke on his local Newcastle-based Bridge group, who meet up the last Thursday of every month to talk about Dylan  ●  MyWay66: John Nye chose his highlight from the new 1966 boxset - Mr Tambourine Man, from DeMontfort Hall, Leicester, 15 May 1966  ●  Upgraded video from Dylan's Birmingham 1987 concert  ●  The hilarious Episode 1 of Sky Arts' new 'Urban Myths' series, about Bob Dylan's attempt to visit his good friend Dave Stewart  ●  New video footage of Bob Dylan from the 1969 Isle Of Wight press conference  ●  Armando Fusco reported on the BBC Radio 4 Extra story 'Don't Think Twice', written and read by Annie McCartney [when you share a birthday with your all-time hero, Bob Dylan, and have got to let him know], which is currently up on BBC iPlayer Radio [here]  ●  Audio of Dylan playing grand piano on Barry Goldberg's 1971 session for 'High Heeled Sneakers'. [poster here] JN

2016

15 December 2016
A pre-Christmas video night - not a Bobchat meeting. Nearly 2 hours of semi-pro video of Bob Dylan and his band at The Desert Trips 1 and 2 [7 and 14 October 2016, Indio Polo Club, Indio, CA]. [poster here] JN

24 November 2016
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes put the 1973 album 'Dylan' under the spotlight and we played 'Spanish Is The Loving Tongue'  ●  John Nye and John Stokes on the critics-eye view of Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize for Literature - The Good, The Bad and The Funny  ●  The Beaten Path - train tracks and country roads with a US backdrop. Allen Purvis looked at Bob Dylan's new art exhibition currently in London  ●  Jeff Stevens read from David Remnick's 'New Yorker' profile on the late Leonard Cohen, which includes recent Dylan comments on Leonard Cohen's work  ●  David Palmer on Bob Dylan's just finished US tour, including semi-pro video of Dylan and the band at The Desert Trip 1 concert [7 Oct 2016] performing High Water (For Charley Patton)  ●  The 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz concert at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco on 25 November 1976, plus video of Hazel, from the concert  ●  'Bob Dylan - The 1966 Live Recordings: The untold story behind the recordings' - the official promo video for the 1966 box-set  ●  Chris Cooper on Clinton Heylin's new book 'Judas!'  ●  In 1966 there was... well now we know! The 36 CD box-set with Chris Cooper looking at all its twists and turns  ●  'Rumours and assorted facts' surrounding the next big mega CD package from Sony - the Gospel years, 1979-1981. [poster here] JN

29 September 2016
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  News of the sad passing of Rita Miller, a long-time friend of TCBDS, who - together with her husband Eric - used to be a regular at our video nights before retiring to Hunstanton  ●  John Stokes put 'Under The Red Sky' in the spotlight and 'Born In Time' won the vote  ●  Allen Purvis talked briefly about a new exhibition of Dylan art coming to Cambridge in October  ●  John Nye started the discussion on 'The 1966 Live Recordings', the 36 CD boxset beingTCBDS Bobchat 25 May 2017 released by Sony in November  ●  Jeff Stevens talked briefly about Glenn Horowitz, the man who brokered the deal that set up The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa, and played extracts from a radio interview with the archive's curator Michael Chaiken  ●  John Nye played two videos showing deliveries being unboxed and examined at The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa  ●  John Stokes on 'The Desert Trip', where Dylan shares a line-up with The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, The Who and Neil Young - and they do it twice over two weekends!  ●  Chris Cooper with memories of seeing Bob Dylan in Bristol in 1966  ●  Mark Makin talked about Dylan in Manchester at the Free Trade Hall in 1966  ●  It's the 30th anniversary of the film 'Hearts Of Fire' - Chris Cooper and Mark Makin were extras in the audience at Colston Hall, Bristol, during the filming and both told their stories  ●  Chris Cooper introduced two new videos from the 'Hearts of Fire' filming - Dylan signing autographs from the stage at Colston Hall, Bristol, and a complete unused take of 'Had A Dream About You, Baby'  ●  Mark Makin on taking those now famous and iconic 1966 'Judas' pictures at Manchester's Free Trade Hall and the legal battle that followed decades later after publication. [poster here] JN

28 July 2016
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  Brief talk about The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society website, again by John Nye, which now includes a large section for Freewheelin'-on-line [see here] ●  John Stokes put 'Another Side of Bob Dylan' under the spotlight and we played 'To Ramona'  ●  Allen Purvis looked at Dylan and motorbike accidents - he's had a few! One ended his 66 tour, and spawned a whole new musical direction for him  ●  Jeff Stevens gave a topical look at Eric Andersen, a Dylan contemporary from the 60s Greenwich Village folk scene  ●  David Palmer talked briefly about Dylan's most recent studio recordings  ●  Chris Cooper and David Palmer on the newly-surfaced 1985 audio of Dylan in the studio and in rehearsal  ●  Chris Cooper then discussed Bob Dylan as chauffeur in the film Paradise Cove (1999) and how we all missed it  ●  Chris Cooper on a newly-sourced BBC Madhouse On Castle Street audio  ●  We also played a previously unknown version of Dylan singing Masters of War from Root Hog Or Die, a 6 LP [vinyl] collection released in January and featuring 100 of Alan Lomax's finest field recordings to celebrate his 100th birthday - a centennial tribute  ●  David Palmer on Blonde on Blonde and more proof that the UK release date was not in May, as widely celebrated earlier this year, but may have been as late as August  ●  Chris Rolph ended the evening on the trials and tribulations of collecting Bob Dylan vinyl bootlegs. He showed some rare items from his vast collection. JN

26 May 2016
This is written a long time after the meeting took place. Most of the topics discussed that night are now forgotten. The only one that lingers is concerning the then just released new Bob Dylan album 'Fallen Angels'. The album was not well received by some at the meeting, and Bobchat temporarily descended into Bobargument. However, the meeting ended well, and everyone parted as friends. JN

31 March 2016
The Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a warm spring evening at The Red Bull on Thursday 31st March 2016 were Jonathan Fudger, Chris Rolph, John Nye, Pat Bradley, Jeff Stevens, David Palmer, Chris Cooper, Brenda Cooper, Bill Dallas, Graham Dixon, Allen Purvis and John Stokes. The celebration of the Leopard started the evening off and the Start Of Mine was (incorrectly) chosen as John Wesley Harding when it should really have been Nashville Skyline which had been released almost 47 years ago. Notwithstanding, we had the usual round robin and ‘Dear Landlord’ was chosen as the favourite track. Jeff then took us in a trip with Dave Stewart and read extracts from Stewart’s book ’Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This’ with particular references to the Dylan sections. Allen Purvis provided more information about the Dylan archive collection to be based at Tulsa, Oklahoma and when the chat turned to the subject of the proposed new album ‘Fallen Angels’ things got a little haywire, but we all remained good friends despite the observations from Andrew Muir on Expecting Rain regarding Dylan fans in their 60’s! The main meat of the evening was provided by Chris Cooper when he reported at some length as to the outcome of his communications with the ‘powers that be’ in the Dylan world. Not much can be reported here about that but it made for a very interesting debate. Further discussions were held as to all manner of Dylan news and views before the evening ended with a farewell from ‘The Leopard’. As always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right) – on a night like this! JRS

28 January 2016
The Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a particularly windy winter evening at The Red Bull on Thursday 28th January 2016 were Jonathan Fudger, Chris Rolph, John Nye, Jeff Stevens, Armando Fusco, Chris Cooper, Brenda Cooper, Bill Dallas, Graham Dixon, Frank Hopkins and John Stokes. Apologies for their absence were received from Allen Purvis, who was poorly, and from David Palmer, who was double booked. The evening started with the introduction of ‘The Leopard’ a ‘musical’ instrument constructed with inspiration arising from the Leopard-Skin Pill - Box Hat outtake on Disc 13 of the deluxe Cutting Edge box set. There was a thus a ring, ring, who’s there? Hoot, hoot start to the evening! The ‘Start of Mine’ section focussed on Dylan’s first album ‘Bob Dylan’ which was released 55 years ago. After the usual round robin of preferences we chose the track ‘Song to Woody’ to be played. Jeff Stevens then took us on a very interesting trip back to 1965 and in particular the release of the Criterion Collection of the film ‘Don’t Look Back’. Jeff played various audio extracts relating to the film and we also watched some video out takes. Chris dealt fully with the Bobnose question and played some 1978 Japanese footage. Chris also took a detailed look at the songs ‘Let’s Keep It Between Us’, ‘Yonder Comes Sin’ and ‘Caribbean Wind’ which were discussed among the group. John Nye also talked about the Copyright set and in particular his complaint, which was shared by all others, regarding the editing of the concert material on the release. Further discussions were held as to all manner of Dylan news and views before the evening ended with a farewell from ‘The Leopard’. As always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right) – on a night like this! JRS

2015

26 November 2015
The Bobchatters who attended the meeting on an unseasonably mild winter evening at The Red Bull on Thursday 26th November 2015 were Chris Rolph, John Nye, Allen Purvis, Brenda Cooper, David Palmer, Chris Cooper, Graham Dixon, Bill Dallas, Jeff Stevens, Frank Hopkins, Armando Fusco and John Stokes. We also welcomed Pat Bradley from the Southampton Dylan Group who travelled to Cambridge with David Palmer. The ‘Start Of Mine’ section related to the ‘John Wesley Harding’ album which was recorded almost 48 years ago this week. As usual we went through the tracks on the album and, in true democratic style, it was decided that the most popular track was ‘I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine’ which was dutifully played. Chris and David went to town on the Bobnose question which focussed on the 18 cd ‘Cutting Edge’ box set. The question was about 10 things that were found to be ‘new’ as a result of the album and the Bobnose boys provided us with (at least) ten new pieces of information relating to those iconic recording sessions. Jeff Stevens took us on an trip with the photographers who provided the cover shots for the three ‘Cutting Edge’ albums and one of the most interesting snippets told why Bob’s image on Blonde On Blonde is so blurred – it was because it was very cold when the photograph was taken and the photographers hands were shaking! The discussion turned to the recent shows when everything became a little heated. In fact, in view of the number of Bobchatters who didn’t rate the shows I am thinking of calling that section a meeting of The Cambridge Bob Whinging Society! But it was all good humoured and we all agreed that, with Dylan, nothing is ever straight forward. All in all, as always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right) – on a night like this! JRSPoster 138

24 September 2015
The 13 Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a warm autumnal evening at The Red Bull on Thursday 24th September 2015 were Chris Rolph, John Nye, Allen Purvis, Brenda Cooper, David Palmer, Chris Cooper, Janice Dixon, Graham Dixon, Mags Dixon, Bill Dallas, Jeff Stevens, Armando Fusco and John Stokes. The ‘Start Of Mine’ section related to the ‘Time Out Of Mind’ album which was released almost 18 years ago to the day. As usual we went through the tracks on the album and, in true democratic style, it was decided that the most popular track was ‘Not Dark Yet’ which was dutifully played. The main discussion of the evening was the announcement, on this very day, of the various versions of the new bootleg series ‘Cutting Edge’ which will contain all the studio tracks from 1965/1966. David P had endeavoured to order his copy of the 18 cd set in the pub at the cost of $599 when his credit card company promptly called him to query the purchase. Chris provided a track listing of the 6 cd set and DP played the promotional video. ‘Tap The Bobnose’ concerned the opening songs of the NET and the most popular songs, as researched by Chris, were 1. Things Have Changed 2. Maggie’s Farm 3. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat and 4. Rainy Day Women. Jeff Stevens took us on a trip back to Forest Hills in 1965 and played some audio of an interview with Peter Stone Brown of his memory of the gig. There was also some discussion about a recording of the song ‘Rocks and Gravel’ which appeared on a recent ‘True Detective’ series and the group were asked to listen to some recording of the track which clearly was different to previous recordings of this song. Of course we were all anxiously awaiting the start of the European tour and the chat continued about the possible new set list. The songs from SINT remained unpopular! All in all, as always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right) – on a night like this! JRS

30 July 2015
The 10 Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a not very seasonal evening at The Red Bull onThursday 30th July 2015 were Jonathan Fudger, Allen Purvis, Armando Fusco, David Palmer, Chris Cooper, Frank Hopkins, Jeff Stevens, Brenda Cooper, Sean Delavigne and John Stokes. Mags Dixon also joined in for a brief period to give us news about Graham Dixon who was too poorly to attend. This weekend was the Cambridge Folk Festival so John Nye and Chris Rolph weren’t able to come along to The Red Bull and another regular attendee Bill Dallas couldn’t make it. The evening started off with the usual ‘Start Of Mine’ item and tonight we celebrated the ‘Desire’ album which was being recorded in New York 40 years ago to the day. We went through the track listing and by a majority vote we concluded that ‘Romance In Durango’ was the favourite track of the night – so this was duly played. Another important anniversary was also discussed, it being 50 years since Bob played that Fender Stratocaster at the Newport Folk Festival on the 25th July 1965. Talking of 1965 (which we did a lot) Chris gave the update on the 2,3, and possible 10 cd set from 1965/66 which will be the new ‘Bootleg Series’. Jumping to 1978 Chris showed us some excellent and newly surfaced video footage from Nashville of that year. The ‘Tap The Bobnose’ section (which concerned encores from the NET) provided some interesting debate and Jeff took us on an enlightening trip back to 1969 when he dipped into the new book by Ray Foulk who organised the festival of that year. All in all, as always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right) – on a night like this! JRS

28 May 2015
The 15 Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a warm May evening at the newly refurbished Red Bull on Thursday 28th May 2015 were John Nye, Jonathan Fudger, Allen Purvis, Jeff Stevens, Will Withecombe (welcome back Will, haven’t seen you for a while!), David Palmer, Chris Cooper, Brenda Cooper, Chris Rolph, Bill Dallas, Graham Dixon, Frank Hopkins , Sean Delavigne, Armando Fusco and John Stokes. The evening started off with a nod to the 52nd Anniversary of the release of ‘The Freewheelin'’ Bob Dylan’ album which was first in the shops on 27th May 1963. We had an impromptu vote as to our collective favourite song from the album and the winner was ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’. Sean was quickly on hand with his guitar and he gave us a great version of the chosen song. Dylan’s recent appearance on the penultimate Letterman Show was considered and there was lots of chat about the dates for the Dylan shows in October and who was going when and what kind of shows they would be. David Palmer played some interesting and newly worked songs from the current tour and there was some confused discussion about the ‘Tap The Bobnose Section’ which concerned the history of Dylan’s changing (or otherwise) set lists in recent shows. Jeff Stevens took us on an enlightening trip with Allen Ginsberg (in the nicest possible way) which led to each member of the group declaring their favourite and least favourite Dylan lines. A question put forward by Al Masciocchi about where we would rank ‘Strangers In The Night’ among Dylan’s 21st Century output created further discussion about this somewhat controversial album. . All in all, as always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right) – on a night like this! JRS

26 March 2015
The Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a pleasant spring evening at The Red Bull on Thursday 26th March 2015 were Graham Dixon, Bill Dallas, Chris Rolph, John Nye, Allen Purvis, David Palmer, Chris Cooper, Brenda Cooper, Armando Fusco, Jeff Stevens, Ken Parsons, and John Stokes. We initially had a reminder that almost 50 years ago to the day (22nd March 1965) the album ‘Bringing It All Back Home ‘ was released and we had a quick vote to choose what song from the album should be played to start the evening off on a positive beat. By a vote of 5 out of 12, the preferred song was ‘It’s All Over Now Baby Blue’ and the song was played accordingly. Chris Cooper provided some fun and games with his ‘Tap The Bobnose’ question which concerned the history of Dylan’s number one albums (as ‘Shadows In The Night’ had reached number one a few weeks back) and there were some quite surprising entries (see ‘Tap The Bobnose’ section at The Nowhere Café* for further details). On the subject of ‘Shadows In the Night’, there was some heated debate concerning the credibility of the album and, despite playing an extract from a radio show featuring our friend Al Masciocchi from Connecticut, the majority of the Bob Chatters remained unconvinced! Jeff Stevens played some interesting snips of interviews with people close to Dylan and Armando Fusco took on us on a well researched and mind boggling trip into the ways that we have listened to Bob over the years. The result of Armando’s research together with some clever poetry can be found under the ‘Take me On A Trip’ section at The Nowhere Café*. All in all, as always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right) – on a night like this! JRS

29 January 2015
The Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a wintry night at The Red Bull on Thursday 29th January 2015 were Jonathan Fudger, Sean Delavigne, Chris Rolph, John Nye, Jeff Stevens, Armando Fusco, Chris Cooper, Bill Dallas, Graham Dixon, Allen Purvis and John Stokes. The evening started off with a short tribute to Dave Dingle, a well-known Dylan fan and the founder of the My Back Pages book store, who had died recently. The talk then turned to the up and coming new album ‘Shadows In The Night’ to be released within a couple of weeks. There was some concern having heard two tracks from the album but we agreed to defer final judgment until the album was released. As a pre-cursor to the album Dylan had given an interview to the AARP magazine in the States and this was discussed – especially regarding the political references in the interview. John Nye took us on a wonderful trip to the Maida Vale studios in North London where he had attended recently with Chris Rolph at a performance by Sinead O’Connor which was broadcast by the BBC. John asked the artist a Dylan related question at this recording and his report of the day was fascinating and absorbing. John has given a full account of his adventures under the ‘Take Me On A Trip’ section at The Nowhere Café* [and here]. Chris Cooper dealt fully with his ‘Tap the Bobnose’ question regarding the complete Basements and the ‘Are You Ready’ item concerned the best Dylan out takes. It was no surprise that we voted the best out take to be ‘Blind Willie McTell’ first with ‘Positively 4th Street’ second and ‘Up To Me’ third. All in all, as always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right but cold) – on a night like this! JRS

2014

4 December 2014
The Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a pretty chilly night at The Red Bull on Thursday 4th December 2014 were Sean Delavigne, Chris Rolph, John Nye, Jeff Stevens, David Palmer, Chris Cooper, Brenda Cooper, Armando Fusco, Frank Hopkins, Allen Purvis, Tim and Sue Smart, Bill Dallas, and John Stokes. Sean brought his guitar along to the meeting and performed a great version of ‘Its All Over Now Baby Blue’ (Savoy hotel ’65 style) to start the meeting off. We then got into some heavy debate about the strange happenings in Philadelphia during the afternoon of Sunday 23rd November when Dylan and his band put on a four song show for just one guy namely Fredrick Wikingsson. Various theories were put forward as to the reasons behind this performance and it seemed that the most popular one was that Bob did it for the money! The chat then moved on to the recently released cd ‘Lost On The River’ by the band calling themselves The New Basement Tapes and with his usual wizardry David Palmer played us various songs by other artists which had been started by Dylan and completed by others. Sean opened the ‘second half’ of the evening with a rendition of ‘Baby Let Me Follow You Down’ and then Jeff Stevens took us on a trip with Larry Charles when he related the story of when the journalist got involved with a Dylan film project. Chris and David came in to their own with the ‘Tap The Bobnose’ section (this and Take Me On A Trip are detailed elsewhere at The Nowhere Café*) and the ‘Are You Ready’ shenanigans had 8 questions concerning the last lines of songs which we all guessed right of course. All in all, as always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right) – on a night like this! JRS

25 September 2014
The Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a balmy night at The Red Bull on Thursday 25th September 2014 were Bill Dallas, Graham Dixon, Mags, Shaun Delavigne, John Nye, Chris Rolph, Chris Cooper, David Palmer, Allen Purvis, Jonathan Fudger, Roy Edgar, Steve Annetts, Armando Fusco and John Stokes. The evening started off with some discussion around The Bootleg Series Volume 11 with its 138 Basement Tapes songs to be released in November 2014. Chris C confirmed that about 40 songs were not previously in circulation. We then moved on to the news that Dylan is to be honoured by the Musicares Foundation and that he will be their ‘Person Of The Year for 2015’. We all hoped that Dylan will make it into 2015 as otherwise this could be embarrassing for the organisers! David Palmer read some extracts from Victor Maymudes’ book (actually completed by Victor’s son) ‘Another Side Of Bob Dylan’. David raised some issues concerning the dates set out in the book which caused some debate and which gave rise to speculation concerning the parenthood the baby born to Joan Baez! There was some good discussion concerning the recordings of the ‘Blood On The Tracks’ album and in particular the New York sessions and the track ‘Meet Me In The Morning’ (see the 'Tap The Bobnose' section at The Nowhere Café* for more information on the song). With some wonderful wizardry David P played all known versions of this song including the version performed by The White Stripes with Dylan on guitar. On the subject of ‘Blood On The Tracks’ we had an ‘Are You Ready’ session where we endeavoured to re-order the track sequence on the album. This is what we came up with: first track: ‘Buckets Of Rain’; second track: ‘Meet Me In The Morning’; third: ‘If You See Her, Say Hello’; fourth: ‘You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go’; fifth: ‘Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts’; sixth: ‘Your A Big Girl Now’; seventh: ‘Simple Twist Of Fate’; eighth: ‘Shelter From The Storm’; ninth: Idiot Wind’ and we considered that the last track on the album (on the basis that last is best and your should always leave ’em wanting more) should be ‘Tangled Up In Blue’. In addition to all this Allen Purvis gave an entertaining and illuminating talk on Dylan’s association with The Grateful Dead and Chris fully answered his ‘Tap The Bobnose’ section (see separate tables at The Nowhere Café* for more on those items). All in all, as always, there was much more to talk about and much more to reminisce. And it sure felt good (and right) – on a night like this! JRS

31 July 2014
The Bobchatters who attended the meeting on a very warm night at The Red Bull on the 31st July were Bill Dallas, Graham Dixon, Mags, Chris Cooper, Brenda Cooper, Allen Purvis, Jonathan Fudger, Jeff Stevens, Armando Fusco and John Stokes. Many things were chatted over but one item in particular got us all drooling – Dylan’s substantial re-write of Working Man’s Blues #2 as performed at Munich on 1st July 2014. Chris brought along a recording of the song as performed which is simply outstanding. Amongst other items considered were the sale of the draft lyrics of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ which went for just over 2 million dollars; the recent death of Johnny Winter (slightly Bob related) and the discovery of 2 boxes containing 149 acetates of Dylan recordings which were found in the closet of a New York building. There was also some lively chat about the upcoming album ‘Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes Volume 1’ which involves workings by various artists of some long forgotten basement tapes lyrics written by Bob when he was hanging out in The Big Pink in the mid 60s. This lead on to a quest to nail down our own collective 5 favourite BT songs from the officially released Basement Tapes album. After some thought the order went as follows: 1: ‘Tears of Rage’. 2: ‘This Wheels On Fire’. 3: ‘Million Dollar Bash’. 4: ‘You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere’. Joint 5th: ‘Clothes Line Saga’ and ‘Nothing Was Delivered’. In addition to all this, Chris C fully answered his Tap The Bobnose question on ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and Jeff took us on a trip to Amarillo (see separate tables at The Nowhere Café* for more on those items). All in all, as always, there was much to talk about and much to reminisce. And it sure felt right – on a night like this! JRS

29 May 2014
The Bobchatters who attended the meeting at The Red Bull on the 29th May were Dana Whitehouse, Mick Lee, John Nye, Chris Rolph, Bill Dallas, Graham Dixon, Mags, Chris Cooper, Brenda Cooper, Jeff Stevens, Roy Edgar, Allen Purvis and John Stokes. As usual there was lots of Bobstuff to chat about but in particular the new book ‘The Dylanologists’ from David Kinney and Dylan’s recently emerged cover version of the Frank Sinatra song ‘Full Moon and Empty Arms’ were considered. Both versions of the song i.e. Frank’s and Bob’s were played and this prompted a vote as to what we thought might be on a Dylan album of Sinatra songs. Our top four were ‘One For My Baby’, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ ‘My Way’ and ‘Witchcraft’. We will just have to wait and see! John Nye brought along some interesting information about how much Dylan gets paid for gigs compared to other artists and Mags also introduced an item concerning the top ten Dylan songs in movies. Other features on the night were ‘Take Me On A Trip’ where Jeff Stevens took on us on a trip to Dinky Town (see separate tables at The Nowhere Café* for more on those items) and ‘Tap The Bobnose’ where Chris Cooper provided details of the Dylan song ‘Huck's Tune’ including a promotional video. All in all, as always, there was much to talk about and much to reminisce. And it sure felt right – on a night like this! JRS

1 April 2014
The main discussion at this meeting related to the release of the album 'Bob Dylan in the 80s' - a covers album by various artists. This led on to a vote on what we considered to be Dylan's best album of the 80's. By a head (only just) 'Oh Mercy' came out on top, shortly followed by 'Infidels' with 'Shot Of Love' coming in third place. The order then went as follows: 'Saved'; 'Empire Burlesque'; 'Knocked Out Loaded'; 'Real Live'; Dylan and The Dead'; and, finally, 'Down In The Groove'. The Bobchat then moved on to favourite songs from the 80's and the joint winners here were 'Brownsville Girl' and 'Every Grain of Sand'. The performance of night however was 'Pressing On' from the remastered 'Saved' album. We turned the volume up so loud that the pub started to shake! JRS

2013

25 January 2013
Attendees of the first Bobchat meeting at The Red Bull [Friday, 25 January 2013] were: Keith Agar, John Nye, John Stokes, Allen Purvis, Chris Rolph, Armando and Rhonda Fusco, Jeff Stevens, Brian Farmer, Jonathan Fudger, Adam Crothers and Bill Dallas. Hot topic was the just-released Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary Collection.

2012

20 November 2012
The first Bobchat meeting (the pilot) was held on November 20, 2012, at The County Arms, Castle Hill, Cambridge. In attendance were: Keith Agar, John Nye, Chris Cooper, John Stokes, Allen Purvis, Jonathan Fudger, Ross Cole and Adam Crothers.

Bobchat evenings are when members of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society get together and talk about all those Bobthings that we never seem to have time to discuss at our video nights. Very informal, over a pint, all are welcome.

 

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