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2017

26 January 2017 - Red Bull meetingTCBDS Bobchat 25 May 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 'Play 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

30 March 2017 - Red Bull meeting
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

25 May 2017 - Red Bull meeting
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

27 July 2017 - Red Bull meeting
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

28 September 2017 - Red Bull meetingPoster 203
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

30 November 2017 - Red Bull meeting
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

2018

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

29 March 2018 - Red Bull meeting
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

31 May 2018 - Red Bull MeetingTCBDS 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

26 July 2018 - Red Bull meeting
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

27 September 2018 - Red Bull meeting
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

29 November 2018 - Red Bull meeting
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 A 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

2019

31 January 2019 - Red Bull Meeting
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 TCBDS Bobchat 25 May 2017we 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

28 March 2019 - Red Bull meeting
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

13 June 2019 - Red Bull Meeting
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 TCBDS Bobchat 27 July 2017instalment 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

25 July 2019 - Red Bull meeting
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

26 September 2019 - Red Bull meeting
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 filJohn Green 20th Anniversary, 14 Dec 2019m-maker, who died on August 1 aged 94, and played the 'Don't Look 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

28 November 2019 - Red Bull meeting
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

14 December 2019 - John Green Anniversay  
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.

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

2020

30 January 2020 - Red Bull meeting
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me': 'Before The Flood', disc 1, went under the spotlight and we played 'Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)'  ●  John Nye talked about 'Definitely Dylan Live', a weekly radio show 'about Bob Dylan, his music, and anything else'. Listen live on the Resonance 104.4 FM website every Sunday afternoon from 4pm to 5pm GMT [see here] [there's an archive of old shows here]  ●  Chris Cooper reviewed a new Bob Dylan book 'Nothing To Turn Off: The Films And Video Of Bob Dylan, Revised and Updated' by Vince Farinaccio [see here]  ●  John Nye started the discussion on online Bob Dylan journals: 'Dylan Review' - relatively new, a journal 'for rigorous intellectual exploration of Bob Dylan's art' available as free downloadable journals in pdf format [see here]; 'Academia' has individual articles available for download, including 'The Encyclopedia Dylanologica, Volume One' by A.J. Weberman [see here]; The University of Tulsa's Institute for Bob Dylan Studies is planning 'a new kind of journal' produced by 'a hybrid publishing plan that mixes peer-reviewed scholarship with other kinds of critical and creative approaches'. Plans are expected to be unveiled in coming weeks, evidently [see here]; Freewheelin'-on-line, the first online Bob Dylan journal, unveiled in 2002. It was the online version of the Freewheelin' journal, which ran for 20 years from 1985 to 2005 [see here]  ●  We looked at the recently issued 'Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary Collection 1969' and played 'Running' [recorded 26Apr1969 Columbia Studio, Nashville]  ●  We discussed 'Going Electric', the working title for a new Bob Dylan biopic, which will star actor Timothée Chalamet in the lead role, and focus on Bob Dylan's transition from folksinger to rock star after plugging in the electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965  ●  We played the promo video for 'Once Were Brothers - Robbie Robertson & The Band', a new Martin Scorsese film due for cinema release soon, about The Band and all their complexities, including, of course, their involvement with Bob Dylan [see video here]  ●  John Stokes looked at Rob Stoner and his working relationship with Bob Dylan  ●  Chris Cooper on an extremely rare Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg interview tape that came up for auction on eBay [see here]  ●  Chris Cooper talked about Dylan on French TV, and played excerpts from newsreels and concert footage  ●  We looked at the new 'Japanese Singles Collection' [high fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format], which is to be released soon to celebrate Dylan's forthcoming tour of Japan in April [see here]  ●  On a light-hearted note, we considered booking Bob Dylan for one of our Bobchat meetings. There's actually a website to do just that, complete with booking form [see here] [booking form is here]  ●  Chris Cooper on 'Juliet, Naked', a 2008 comedy/drama, starring Chris O'Dowd and Rose Byrne, that draws uncomfortably accurate parallels with the obsessive behaviour of some Bob Dylan collectors, and we played a snippet  ●  Video: One from the archive - 'Shelter From The Storm' and 'Pledging My Time' [Indiana, Pennsylvania, 22 April 1997] [poster here] JN

26 March 2020 - Red Bull meeting
The Red Bull meeting was cancelled following pub closures due to outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic - and we had so much to talk about. [poster here] JN

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