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The
Cambridge
Bob Dylan
Society

We are in our 33rd year of regular meetings in Cambridge, and now meet at The Red Bull pub [in the upstairs Function Room], 11 Barton Road, Newnham, Cambridge CB3 9JZ.

Come and meet other Dylan fans and hear all the latest Dylan news. You'll find dates for our meetings here, along with venue information. It would be great to see Dylan friends old and new.

Bobchat evenings are when members of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society [or anybody else who wants to come along] get together and talk about all those Bobthings that never get talked about anywhere else. The meetings are a blend of Dylan audio, Dylan video and Dylan chat [mostly chat]. Very informal, over a pint, all are welcome.

We are one of the longest running Dylan groups in the UK.

 

Dylan video, Dylan audio - and a room full of Dylan fans

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The next Bobchat meeting of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society is at The Red Bull on Thursday, January 26 starting at 7.45pm
 
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These are confirmed dates for Bobchat meetings of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society.
 
2017
Thursday 26 January 2017, 7.45pm
On Tonight's Agenda
[as long as we can squeeze it all in before the pub shuts]

> Bob Dylan is still making headlines with The Beaten Path
> Rumour has it that Dylan has been in the studio recording a new album, with Daniel Lanois - is that why he didn't attend the
Stockholm Nobel award ceremony
> John Stokes and 'Play A Song From Me'
> The next Bob Dylan Bootleg Series - The Gospel Years 1979-1981, and yes, the Bootleg Series does continue
> Robbie Robertson's autobiography 'Testimony' under the microscope
> Fake news! - Dylan headlines that just don't ring true
> ... plus MyWay 66 - highlights from the 1966 boxset
[all or some of the above might change depending on how the discussions go on the night. Our evenings are very relaxed and informal,
over a pint, all are welcome]
Thursday 30 March 2017, 7.45pm

Thursday 25 May 2017, 7.45pm

Thursday 27 July 2017, 7.45pm

Thursday 28 September 2017, 7.45pm

Thursday 30 November 2017, 7.45pm
 

 
Bobchat meetings at:
The Red Bull
(in the upstairs Function Room)

11 Barton Road, Newnham, Cambridge CB3 9JZ
Tel: 01223 300943

Meetings start at 7.45pm [we make a small collection at the end for the room]

[for directions, see here]  [The Red Bull on Facebook here]
 
The Red Bull   The Red Bull
The Red Bull is a friendly pub and has good food - it's best known for its pizzas. The burgers are very nice too. There's a car park behind the pub, access in Hardwick Street. JN
 

 

Bobchat meetings

2016

December 15
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

November 24
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

September 29
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 being 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

July 28
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  ●  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

March 31
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

January 28
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

For details of earlier meetings click here.

 

THE CAMBRIDGE BOB DYLAN SOCIETY

Organisers:

JOHN NYE   -   JOHN STOKES   -   ALLEN PURVIS   -   CHRIS COOPER

 

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