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We are in our 37th year of regular meetings in Cambridge and now meet online with virtual meetings using Zoom software.

Online meetings were introduced following the closure of pubs due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and they definitely seem the way forward. Most people like them and many join in with any topic we might raise. The meetings are truly international with people coming in from UK, US, Australia, Ireland, France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Belgium and Sweden. It's amazing to see people from different countries, and timelines, talking so freely and easily, an achievement which wouldn't have been possible not so long ago. We hold the meetings on the first Thursday of every month [see list below].

Our intention is to keep the number of participants low at these meetings, to ensure that everyone can join in, and get the most out of each meeting.

Bobchat evenings are when members of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society 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, all are welcome.

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

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The next ZOOM Bobchat meeting of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society will be held on 1 July 2021 starting at 7.30pm [London time]
 
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These are confirmed dates for ZOOM Bobchat meetings of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society.
     
2021
Thursday 1 July 2021, 7.30pm [London time] - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 5 August 2021, 7.30pm [London time] - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 2 September, 7.30pm [London time] - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 7 October, 7.30pm [London time] - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 4 November, 7.30pm [London time] - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 2 December, 7.30pm [London time] - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
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2021

3 June 2021 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
 
Marty Newman at TCBDS Bobchat, 3 June 2021
Marty Newman, author of 'Bob Dylan's Malibu',
pictured at Bobchat on 3 June 2021.
 

Intro and outline of the meeting's agenda from John Nye   ●  Richard Stokes and 'A Fistful Of Dollars', a compilation of Dylan songs used and abused in films, adverts and TV documentaries [videos shown: Ken Burns' documentary 'The Vietnam War' -  'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall'; Bank Of Montreal - 'The Times They Are A-Changin''; Budweiser - 'Blowin' In The Wind'; Clash Of Clans - 'Wigwam'; Victoria's Secret - 'Love Sick'; Pepsi - 'Forever Young'; Chrysler - 'Things Have Changed'; and The Mauritanian - 'The Man In Me']  ●  Chris Cooper and song comparisons, an occasional series, this month he considered 'Tangled Up In Blue' [and shared 5 versions of the song for comparison: New Haven, Connecticut, 13 November 1975 (afternoon show); Paris, France, 3 July 1978; Charlotte, North Carolina, 10 December 1978; Wembley Stadium, London, 7 July 1984; Santa Fé, New Mexico, 11 September 1990; and Christchurch, New Zealand, 28 August 2018]  ●  Nancy Cobb reported on the virtual conference 'The Torah & Bob Dylan - Part Two: Justice & Apocalypse' [songs analysed - click on the links and they will be downloaded onto your device: 'Forever Young' here, 'The
 
Bob Dylan’s Point Dume compound in Malibu
Bob Dylan’s Point Dume compound in Malibu,
California. Image shared by Ian Woodward and
referred to during the interview with Marty Newman.
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Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll' here, 'I Pity The Poor Immigrant' here, 'When The Ship Comes In' here and 'Ring Them Bells' here] [video here]  ●  Nancy Cobb also shared pictures she took during her recent visit to Tulsa, Oklahoma. She went 'to be a founding member of the Bob Dylan Center', which opens there on 10 May 2022. Her visit also coincided with the centenary commemorations for the Tulsa 1921 race massacre  ●  Nancy also shared a link for her highlight talk from the Dylan@80 online conference, organised by The Tulsa University Institute for Bob Dylan Studies to mark Bob Dylan's 80th birthday ['I Shall Be Free? Dylan, Copyright and Creativity', by Robert Spoo, see here]  ●  Craig Jamieson interviewed Marty Newman, author of 'Bob Dylan's Malibu'. Marty came into our meeting live from Palm Springs, USA, and answered questions from Craig and the group and also read an extract from his book about a painting given to him by Bob Dylan [book available from Amazon at discounted price here, limited time offer]  ●  Chris Cooper: And another thing... news round-up time, including his highlights from the 'Dylan@80' online conference [videos shown: 'I Shall Be Free? Dylan, Copyright and Creativity' [extract], by Robert Spoo; 'A Conversation Piece With Clinton Heylin' [extract] and 'Bob Nation: Twitter, Tweens, and Twinks', by Rebecca Slaman, one of the presenters for '21st Century Dylan']  ●  Chris Cooper also played the recently surfaced audio of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right', recorded in the autumn of 1962 by Milton and Lillian Bailey in their New York apartment  ●  Video: 'Blood In My Eyes' promo video [see here]; 'Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight', Chrissie Hynde, promo video [see here]; 'Hurricane', Scarlet Rivera & Nine Mile Station, promo video [see here]; 'Visions Of Johanna', Emma Swift & Robyn Hitchcock [see here]; One from the archive - 'Highway 61 Revisited' (Restoration Team remaster 2021), Bob Dylan with Susan Tedeschi, Newark, Delaware, 20 November 1999; 'Series Of Disasters [Swinging Door Version]' [fan video] [poster here] JN

6 May 2021 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Intro and outline of the meeting's agenda from John Nye  ●  David Palmer and 'If Your Memory Serves You Well'  ●  Jim Johnson and 'Happy Birthday Bob', with Jim's Top 10 of Dylan performing the song 'Happy Birthday' [No.10, Paris 30 June 1998; No.9, Bergamo 16 June 2008; No.8, Sydney 12 February 1986; No.7, Las Vegas 18 August 2010; No.6, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 25 October 1981; No.5, East Rutherford 21 July 1986; No.4, Auckland 21 February 2003; No.3, Sacramento 12 June 1986; No.2, Clarkston 30 June 1986; No.1, Billings 11 August 2010]  ●  Richard Stokes and his pick of Dylan-related films, the Daniel Lanois 2012 interview 'The Making Of Bob Dylan's 'Oh Mercy'', see here  ●  Matt Wells with his pick from the Expecting Rain 'NET Boot Club': Dusseldorf, 22 October 2013 and San Francisco, California, 4 May 1992 [Video: 'Idiot Wind', from San Francisco, California, 5 May, 1992]  ●  Jeff Stevens on recently emerged stories about Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen  ●  Jeff Stevens mentioned his favourite Dylan podcast 'Hard Rain & Slow Trains: Bob Dylan & Fellow Travelers', a weekly radio program featuring the music of Bob Dylan, his contemporaries, and his antecedents. Broadcast weekly on Thursdays on KEPW [see here]  ●  Nancy Cobb reported on the virtual conference she attended in March: 'Bob Dylan - Jewish Perspectives On His Repertoire: Themes of Prophecy and Redemption' [free pdf available here]. Nancy also reported on a second virtual conference she attended: 'The Torah & Bob Dylan - Part One: Mysticism & Prophecy', the exploration of Bob Dylan’s most Jewish lyrics through the lens of Bible, Midrash and Kabbalah' [songs analysed - click on the links and they will be downloaded onto your device: 'Every Grain Of Sand' here, 'Everything Is Broken' here, 'New Morning' here and 'Wicked Messenger' here] [video here]  ●  Zac Dadic walked the walk in Brisbane, Australia - sightseeing Dylan style: PART 2: a mini tour of Brisbane, Australia, with Zac pointing out particular locations with a Bob Dylan connection  ●  Craig Jamieson and Another Side of Hibbing, with stories from the EDLIS Café book 'Bob Dylan's Hibbing' [see here]. Craig also mentioned a new publication, due out to coincide with Bob
 
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Bob Dylan's private jet: Gulfstream N473CW at St Paul
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Dylan's birthday on May 24, called 'Bob Dylan's Malibu', by Martin A. Newman [see here]  ●  Chris Cooper: And another thing... news round-up time, including: his review of the new Clinton Heylin book 'The Double Life of Bob Dylan, Vol. 1: A Restless Hungry Feeling: 1941-1966'; the latest edition of the 'Uncut' magazine [Take 289, June 2021] with its free coverdisk CD containing the unreleased Bob Dylan track 'Too Late (Acoustic Version)', which we played; and the Dylan@80 Virtual Conference, organised by The Tulsa University Institute for Bob Dylan Studies to mark Bob Dylan's 80th birthday, and being held from May 22 to 24 [see here]. He also remembered Bob Fass, the American radio presenter, who died on April 24 after 50 years of broadcasting in the New York area. Dylan made three appearances on Bob Fass's 'Radio Unnameable' show, in 1963, 1966 and 1986  ●  Ian Woodward remembered Bangor-born artist Charlie Whisker, who died in April. In later life he lived in Los Angeles where he worked with artists such as Bob Dylan, as a video director. He appears on the credits of most of Dylan's 'Series Of Dreams' promo videos as painter  ●  Ian Woodward spoke about Bob Dylan's private jet [see picture right]  ●  John Nye briefly mentioned the interview on the Pod Dylan podcast by Rob Kelly of Terry Gans, the author of 'Surviving In A Ruthless World', who spoke about Dylan recording the 1983 album 'Infidels' and mentioned the song 'Too Late' and how it developed into 'Foot Of Pride' [see here]  ●  Video: 'Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (Explicit Video)' promo video [see here]; 'When I Paint My Masterpiece', 'Can't Wait', 'Blowin' In The Wind' and after-show footage of Dylan and band leaving the concert and boarding their tour bus, from Milan, 22 June 2011; 'Positively 4th Street', from Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, 5 February 1966; 'Series Of Dreams [HD x2]' promo video [poster here] JN

1 April 2021 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
 
Scarlet Rivera at Bobchat, 1 April 2021
Scarlet Rivera, pictured at Bobchat on 1 April 2021.
 

Intro and outline of the meeting's agenda from John Nye  ●  David Palmer and 'If Your Memory Serves You Well'  ●  Jim Johnson and Planet Waves Live [Audio: 'Wedding Song' from Philadelphia, PA, 7 January 1974; 'Something There Is About You' from Tokyo, Japan, 20 February 1978; plus snippets of 'Tough Mama' (Oporto, Portugal 1999) and 'Hazel' (The Last Waltz 1976 and Richfield, Ohio, soundcheck, 1978)] [Video: 'Forever Young' Bob Dylan with Mark Knopfler, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, 21 November 2011]  ●  Richard Stokes and the Jakob Dylan film 'Echo in the Canyon [2018]' [trailer here; promo video 'Go Where You Wanna Go', Jakob Dylan, with Jade Castrinos and The Mamas and the Papas here]  ●  Zac Dadic and untold stories behind the headlines - Bob Dylan's concert in Sydney, Australia, on 1 April 1978 and the after-show Sydney harbour boat cruise  ●  Matt Wells and Justin Sosa with their pick from the Expecting Rain 'NET Boot Club' [Audio: 'Not Dark Yet' from Palo Alto, 14 October 2019]  ●  Chris Cooper: And another thing... news round-up time, including the latest on the new 'Infidels' Bootleg Series release due out later this year  ●  Scarlet Rivera live from her home in Los Angeles - plus Q&A. Scarlet Rivera came in and chatted with Chris Cooper and answered questions from everyone for over an hour and a half. Very interesting, and illuminating, she answered all questions, even the more difficult ones. Were some songs Dylan wrote too personal, did she think. She replied: ‘It’s all personal, sometimes a person in disguise.’ Would she play again with Dylan, she was asked. ‘In a second, in a heartbeat. I would say ‘yes’’, she said. She was also invited to join the 1978 touring band: 'But something came up and I couldn’t do it', she said. [Audio: 'Hurricane' [studio outtake], 'Isis' (studio and live versions), 'One More Cup Of Coffee' (studio) and 'Abandoned Love' (studio)]  ●  Video: 'Things Have Changed' promo video; 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' from Missoula, Montana, 31 August 2010; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video; 'One from the archive' - rare Bob Dylan video footage: Adelaide, Australia, 18 March 1978 - news footage of Dylan arriving at airport and incomplete recordings from the concert: 'Love Her With A Feeling', 'Mr Tambourine Man' and 'Love Minus Zero, No Limit' [poster here] JN

4 March 2021 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Intro and outline of the meeting's agenda from John Nye  ●  We remembered Lawrence Ferlinghetti who died on 27 February 2021  ●  David Palmer and 'If Your Memory Serves You Well' - March went under the spotlight  ●  Jim Johnson on Bob Dylan concert residencies - the eighth in the series, looking at the three shows at Madison Square Garden, New York, from 15-17 July 1986 [Video: Montage [extracts only] 'Positively 4th Street', 'I & I', 'Like A Rolling Stone' and 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door', MSG, New York, 15 July 1986; 'One Too Many Mornings', MSG, New York, 16 July 1986] [Audio: 'I Want You', MSG, New York, 17 July 1986]  ●  John Nye and the French side of Bob Dylan: Video: 'Amour ôté Zéro' [Love Minus Zero, No Limit', in French], sung by Nelly Soubeyran [aka Miss Lonely]; her YouTube channel can be found here  ●  Richard Stokes introduces 'My Day With Bob Dylan', a short film by Frank Dapuzzo, see here  ●  Matt Wells and Justin Sosa updated us on the Expecting Rain 'NET Boot Club' [Audio: 'Cry A While', from Motril, Spain, 10 July 2004]  ●  Zac Dadic walked the walk in Brisbane, Australia - sightseeing Dylan style: a mini tour of Brisbane, Australia, pointing out particular locations connected with stories associated with Bob Dylan's 1978 residency at the Festival Hall in Brisbane from March 12 to 15  ●  Chris Cooper: And another thing... news round-up time, including: 'How I Spent The Summer', the new 1984 tour compilation [soundboard] [Empress Valley Supreme Disc]; the postponement in the UK of the new official release of the '1970' 3-CD set; the newly surfaced Theodore Bikel tape from October 1963 containing new versions of Dylan singing 'The Times They Are A-Changin'' and 'When The Ship Comes In' [which we played]; and the Bob Dylan & John Mayall's Bluesbreakers cancelled BBC sessions from 1965  ●  Jim Johnson, Chris Cooper, John Nye, Zac Dadic, Tim Price, Matt Wells et al., on the rewards and pitfalls of remastered audience recordings  ●  Video: 'Jokerman' promo video; 'My Back Pages', 'I Shall Be Released' and 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35', from Brixton Academy, London, 31 March 1995; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video [poster here] JN

4 February 2021 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Intro and outline of the meeting's agenda from John Nye  ●  David Palmer and 'If Your Memory Serves You Well'  ●  Matt Wells and the Expecting Rain 'NET Boot Club': Bill Dallas introduced his choice from the NET, Bob Dylan and his band at the Hammersmith Apollo, London on 24 November 2003 [Video: 'Romance In Durango' from the show]  ●  Nancy Cobb on the new book 'I'm Gonna Say It Now: The Writings of Phil Ochs', edited by David Cohen [Video: Phil Ochs 'Love Me I'm A Liberal', see here]  ●  Jeff Stevens reviewed three new books: 'Nomad Girl: My Adventures with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Lee Hooker, the Dalai Lama and More', by Niema Ash; 'Dana Gillespie: Weren't Born A Man'; and 'The Chameleon Poet: Bob Dylan’s Search For Self', by John Bauldie  ●  John Nye and 'The Asia Series', Bob Dylan's new artwork collection launched the same day as our meeting. Visual reflections on Dylan's travels in Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea [see promo video here, online brochure here]  ●  Al Masciocchi on being in the audience at Toad's Place, New Haven, Connecticut, on 12 January 1990 [Audio: first song from the first set, 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes']  ●  John Nye on 'Female Rambling Sailor' [Bob Dylan's performance from Melbourne, Australia, 3 April 1992 (MK recording) here; version history here, 'original' version here] [Video: 'Female Rambling Sailor', from Toronto, Canada, 17 August 1992]  ●  Zac Dadic on Bob Dylan and the new movie 'Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President' [Video: excerpt from the film]  ●  Chris Cooper: And another thing... news round-up time, including: news of a new official Bootleg Series album release in July; the Expecting Rain link to a new version of the Rolling Thunder Revue show from Rochester, New York, on 17 November 1975 [afternoon show] [see here]; the recent sale of Dylan’s songwriting catalogue to Universal Music, and Jacques Levy's widow's legal claim for $7.25m (£5.25m) from the sale [Video: extracts from the Jacques Levy interview in May 2004 for The Prism Archive, see here]; and the long-awaited first publication from The Tulsa University's Institute for Bob Dylan Studies 'The World Of Bob Dylan', edited by Sean Latham, to be published in April [see here]  ●  Video: 'Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You', 'Romance In Durango' and 'Tangled Up In Blue', bonus footage from the new Martin Scorsese Blu-ray DVD release 'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story'; 'Blowin' In The Wind' [extract], Lakeland, Florida, 21 November 1981; 'Most Of The Time' promo video; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video [poster here] JN

7 January 2021 - ZOOM Bobchat meetingJoe Woolf 01
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye ●  David Palmer and 'If Your Memory Serves You Well'  ●  Jim Johnson on Bob Dylan concert residencies - the seventh in the series, looking at the four shows at The Grand Rex in Paris from 29 January to 1 February 1990. Video:  Footage from outside The Grand Rex, Paris, on the opening night, 29 January 1990, including a snatch of 'Lay, Lady, Lay' from the show; 'Just Like A Woman', The Grand Rex, Paris, 29 January 1990; 'Man In The Long Black Coat', The Grand Rex, Paris, 30 January 1990; 'Shelter From The Storm', The Grand Rex, Paris, 31 January 1990; 'Visions Of Johanna', 'What Was It You Wanted' [extract] and Tears Of Rage' [extract], The Grand Rex, Paris, 1 February 1990. Audio: 'I'll Remember You' [extract], The Grand Rex, Paris, 31 January 1990  ●  Matt Wells and Justin Sosa with their annual review of the Expecting Rain 'NET Boot Club'. Video: 'Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)', Wembley Arena, London, 5 October 1997. Audio: 'Mr Tambourine Man', Columbia, Missouri, 24 April 2001  ●  Jeff Stevens and his purchase from the recent online Tony Glover auction  ●  Chris Cooper and Anders Lindh on their visit to The Bob Dylan Archive at the University of Tulsa  ●  Al Masciocchi recommended the Dylan covers album entitled '16' by Robbie Fulks [see here], which  is a vinyl-only release featuring reinterpretations of songs from Bob Dylan’s 'Street Legal' album  ●  Chris Cooper: And another thing... including the recently announced 'Bob Dylan - 1970' official triple CD release and [at long last] his review of 'Murder Most Foul'  ●  Video: 'Across The Green Mountain', promo video; 'Idiot Wind', Lucinda Williams from her online concert of Bob Dylan songs, 19 November 2020; 'Blowin' In The Wind' [extract], Lakeland, Florida, 21 November 1981; 'She Belongs To Me' [live HD footage], Town Hall, Birmingham, 5 May 1965; 'One from the archive' - Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at The Savoy Hotel, London, 1965 - 'Remember Me' [extract], 'More & More', 'Blues Stay Away From Me', 'Young But Daily Growing', 'Will Ye Go, Laddie, Go? (Wild Mountain Thyme)' and 'No One Dies Tonight' [start only]; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video [poster here] JN

2020

17 December 2020 - ZOOM pre-Christmas Bobchat get-together

Intro and outline of the night's activites from John Nye, plus toast to all assembled for surviving the craziness of 2020 despite everything. We started these meetings in May 2020 with The Lockdown Special, see below 7 May 2020, and have seen them grow from strength to strength... Merry Christmas everyone, and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. Keep safe. JN, CC & JRS

3 December 2020 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
 
Carolyn Hester live at Bobchat, 3 December 2020
Carolyn Hester, pictured during her Bobchat
performance, 3 December 2020.
 

Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye, including a vote and discussion on the TCBDS online pre-Christmas get-together on December 17, starting at 8.30pm London time  ●  David Palmer introduced a new feature, 'If Your Memory Serves You Well'  ●  Jim Johnson on Bob Dylan concert residencies - the sixth in the series, looking at the three shows from Philadelphia, December 15-17, 1995. Audio: 'Alabama Getaway', Electric Factory, Philadelphia, 15 December 1995; 'Desolation Row', Electric Factory, 17 December 1995. Video: 'Dark Eyes', with Patti Smith, Electric Factory, Philadelphia, 16 December 1995  ●  Jim Johnson briefly reviewed Paolo Brillo's new photobook  'No Such Thing As Forever'  ●  Nancy Cobb reviewed the new book 'Joan Baez: The Last Leaf', by Elizabeth Thomson; she also spoke of her own time at Berkeley in the early '60s and her personal experiences of the civil rights movement there, and her seeing Joan Baez's involvement with the movement during that time and her rise in the folk music world, and her subsequent relationship with Bob Dylan ●  Nancy Cobb talked further about her visit to the auction house handling the recent online Tony Glover auction and spoke of her day in the large storage area with the lots that would later be for sale, and showed several photographs she took while there. She was joined by Chris Cooper who spoke about the Bob Dylan tapes included in the auction  ●  Chris Cooper led the discussion on the new Bob Dylan copyright extension 3CD set 'The 50th Anniversary Collection: 1970'  ●  Chris Cooper and Craig Jamieson on the recently surfaced stories surrounding the 'Bob Zimmerman Bar Mitzvah Tape'  ●  Live music: Carolyn Hester joined us from her home in Kansas City, Kansas, and performed two songs: Tommy Sands' 'Age Of Uncertainty' and Dylan's 'Ye Playboys & Playgirls', including the verses she added to the song. She and her daughter Amy were with us for over an hour and Carolyn also answered questions from Chris Cooper and others in the group. Carolyn also spoke of the bunch of flowers she gave Bob Dylan during his 30th Anniversary Celebrations at Madison Sq. Garden, New York, on 16 October 1992, and revealed that they had been thrown onto the stage by someone in the audience, and she picked them up and it was Neil Young who suggested that she give them to Dylan  ●  Video: 'Must Be Santa', promo video; 'Not Dark Yet', Lucinda Williams from her online concert of Bob Dylan songs, 19 November 2020, including her talking about her first meeting with Dylan at Gerde's Folk City, New York; One from the archive - 'Slow Train Coming' [multi-screen version], Toronto, 1980; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video [poster here] JN

5 November 2020 - ZOOM Bobchat meetingEdie Sedgwick / I Want You
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  Jim Johnson on Bob Dylan concert residencies - the fifth in the series, looking at the 14 shows Dylan played at the Fox Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, at the start of his first Gospel tour in November 1979. Audio: 'Gotta Serve Somebody', first song, first night, Fox Warfield, 1 November 1979; 'Slow Train', Fox Warfield, 7 November 1979; 'What Can I Do For You?', Fox Warfield, 11 November 1979; 'When You Gonna Wake Up?', Fox Warfield, 14 November 1979; 'Saving Grace', Fox Warfield, 16 November 1979 [SoundCloud playlist here, from Jim]. Video: snippets of various songs from various 1979/1980 concerts  ●  Jeff Stevens and his very own 'Magical Mystery' trip  ●  Matt Wells reviewed the new book 'Surviving In A Ruthless World - Bob Dylan's Voyage To Infidels', by Terry Gans  ●  John Nye introduced Bob Dylan's 'Mondo Scripto' artwork collection and spoke of the launch this month of the second release of
 
Emma Swift live on Zoom Bobchat, 5 November 2020
Emma Swift with partner Robyn Hitchcock, pictured live
during their Bobchat performance, 5 November 2020.
 
hand-signed limited-edition artworks [see here]. Andrew Donaldson spoke of the resemblance between the girl in Dylan’s 'I Want You' sketch from the latest release and Edie Sedgwick [see picture right]  ●  Matt Wells and Justin Sosa updated us further on the Expecting Rain 'NET Boot Club'  ●  Chris Cooper: And another thing... including the Tony Glover online auction running from November 12 to November 19 [see here], and the possible demise of The Bootleg Series  ●  Nancy Cobb spoke of her visit to see the Tony Glover archive where she was allowed to handle some of the items that are soon to go under the hammer. She will talk further on her visit at our next meeting in December  ●  Live music: Emma Swift joined us from her home in Nashville, Tennessee, and performed four songs from her new album of Bob Dylan covers 'Blonde On The Tracks', accompanied on guitar by her partner Robyn Hitchcock [see picture left, taken during her Bobchat performance]. Songs sung: 'You're A Big Girl Now', 'I Contain Multitudes', 'Going, Going, Gone' and 'Simple Twist Of Fate'. She was with us for an hour and also answered questions from Chris Cooper and others in the group. Emma and Robyn will also be live online next week: 'Sweet Home Quarantine', 6pm PST, 11 November [see here and here]  ●  David Palmer mentioned the Lucinda Williams livestream on November 19 [see here]  ●  Video: 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues [outtake]' special edition promo video; 'Knockin On Heaven's Door', 'Chimes Of Freedom' [with Roger McGuinn], 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' [with George Harrison] and 'Go Down, Moses', from Wembley Arena, London, 17 October 1987; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video. [poster here] JN

1 October 2020 - ZOOM Bobchat meetingTheme Time Radio Hour - Whiskey
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'If You See Him, Say Hello'  ●  We remembered Graham Dixon, who died on Monday 28 September. He was a long-time friend of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society and attended our ZOOM Bobchat meetings. He was also a regular attendant [sometimes with his daughter Mags] at our pub meetings in Cambridge. As a tribute to Graham we played a video of his favourite Bob Dylan song 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right', from Bournemouth, 1 October 1997  ●  Chris Cooper on the latest Whiskey edition of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour. He was joined by Kathy Fortier, administrator of the Facebook group 'Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour'  ●  We heard from Kathy Fortier's husband Jerry about the time he saw Dylan in concert in Chicago, 1963 [not at The Bear but at a concert hall, auditorium], where Dylan blew into the microphone when he sang 'Blowin' In The Wind' and joked: 'that's the meaning of the song'  ●  Rough & Rowdy Ways - dissection time: Part Four. John Stokes led the discussion and continued the track-by-track analysis  ●  Richard Stokes and 'Blood On The Tricks'  ●  The Dylan view from Down Under. Zac Dadic reviewed Gypsy Fire's self-published book 'Chillin With Bob Dylan'; and also strongly recommended Emma Swift's new album 'Blonde on the Tracks'. His favourite track is 'One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)', listen here  ●  Early Dylan: Chris Cooper on the chronology of Bob Dylan's early bands while living in Hibbing, Minnesota. Chris also spoke of when he met LeRoy Hoikkala in 2010, who played drums with Bob Dylan's first band 'The Golden Chords'; and Chris shared the video: 'A brief conversation with LeRoy Hoikkala and Linda Strobach at Zimmy's Cafe, Hibbing, MN, 10 May 2013'  ●  Jeff Stevens marked the 4th anniversary of Dylan receiving his Nobel Prize in Literature with readings from books containing the observations of three people who were present when the award was actually given on 1 April 2017 in Stockholm  ●  Justin Sosa and Matt Wells updated us on the progress of the Expecting Rain 'NET Boot Club', see link here and scroll down  ●  Chris Cooper and the 2007 G.E. Smith film called '50 Watt Fuse', trailer here  ●  Jim Johnson on Bob Dylan concert residencies - the fourth in the series, looking at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, concerts from October 2002. Jim also played the opening number from the first night 'Seeing The Real You At Last', from Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, 15 October 2002  ●  Video: 'Duquesne Whistle' promo video; 'Desolation Row' and 'Girl From The North Country', from Sheffield, 20 November 2003; 'Yea! Heavy & A Bottle Of Bread', from Brixton, 25 November 2003; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video. [poster here] JN

24 September 2020 - Red Bull meeting
The Red Bull meeting was cancelled - due to pandemic restrictions. JN

3 September 2020 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'If You See Him, Say Hello'  ●  Keith Agar and his tribute to C.P. Lee, who died on July 25 aged 70  ●  John Stokes led the discussion considering Dylan's differing vocal styles from Tempest 2012 to Rough & Rowdy Ways 2020  ●  Chris Cooper spoke briefly about Richard Alderson and his forthcoming book and CD  ●  Michael Perlin talked of seeing Bob Dylan at Gerde's Folk City, New York, in May 1963, back when Dylan used to pass the hat around. He also spoke of the jurisprudence of Bob Dylan - applying Dylan lyrics to legal documents  ●  Jeff Stevens and an overview of two books: 'George Harrison On George Harrison - Interviews And Encounters' by Ashley Kahn and 'Docs That Rock - Music That Matters' by Harvey Kubernik  ●  Zac Dadic on unreported stories from Dylan’s 1986 Australian tour  ●  Matt Wells and Justin Sosa updated us on the Expecting Rain 'The NET Boot Club'  [more information here]  ●  Video: 'Spanish Is The Loving Tongue', performed by C.P. Lee at the last 'John Green Day' Bob Dylan convention held in 2006 [see here]; 'Sylvio' and 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' from Madison Sq. Garden, New York, 20 January 1998; 'When The Ship Comes In', Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at the March On Washington civil rights demonstration, 28 August 1963; 'Subterranean Homesick Blues', composite version edited from various versions of the video; 'Mr Tambourine Man' [colourised version], Newport Folk Festival 1964; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video
. [poster here] JN

6 August 2020 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Intro and outline of the night's agenda f
rom John Nye  ●  We remembered Peter Green, blues guitarist and co-founder in 1967 of Fleetwood Mac, who died on July 25 aged 73; Pete Hamill, a prominent New York City journalist and novelist, who also wrote the Grammy award winning liner notes for Bob Dylan's 'Blood On The Tracks' album. He died on August 5, aged 85; and also C.P. Lee, who was a musician, author, broadcaster and lecturer from Manchester, UK, who died on July 25 aged 70. He was also a friend to many at TCBDS and also contributed to the Freewheelin' magazine and also spoke at, and performed at, several of our John Green Day annual Bob Dylan conventions that were held from 2001 to 2006  ●  Nancy Cobb remembered Tara Zuk, moderator and agent up at the Dylan Facebook groups Edlis Café and Edlis Parties & Gatherings, who died recently. She also edited several books about Bob Dylan. Donations in Tara's name to Ovarian Cancer research can be made here  ●  John Stokes and 'If You See Him, Say Hello'  ●  Rough & Rowdy Ways - dissection time: Part Two. Chris Cooper led the discussion and continued his track by track rundown. Part Three, next time  ●  Jeff Stevens on the new Dylan-related book 'View From The Bottom: 50 Years of Bass Playing with Bob Dylan, The Doors, Miles Davis and Everybody Else' by Harvey Brooks  ●  John Nye and the podcast 'The Band: A History' [website here]  ●  Matt Wells updated us on the Expecting Rain 'The NET Boot Club' and was joined afterwards by Justin Sosa, who started the club and outlined his reasons behind him setting it up [more information here] [the Expecting Rain A-Z Recording List (audio and video) can be found here]  ●  Chris Cooper reviewed the online lecture 'Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet', by author Seth Rogovoy  ●  John Nye on the online 'Blood On The Tracks' Listening Party on August 8, at 8pm, organised and starring actress and musician Kate Thomas. She'll be talking about the ideas, themes and stories behind the songs and then have an open discussion about each track with attendees joining in [more information here]  ●  Chris Cooper looking at song comparisons, this month, the second in the series, he considered 'If You See Her, Say Hello' [and played videos of two versions of the song, from Sheffield, UK, 23 June 1998 and Brixton, UK, 30 March 1995]  ●  Video: 'Changing Of The Guards' 'performed' by The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society 'choir' - an en masse heartfelt rendition - filmed at the TCBDS's 70th birthday party for Bob Dylan, entitled 'Things Have Changed', and staged at Holiday Inn, Cambridge, on 20 May 2011; One from the archive - 'She's Love Crazy', 'Shelter From The Storm', 'Ballad Of A Thin Man' and 'Maggie's Farm', from Indianapolis, Indiana, 25 October 1978; 'Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight' promo video; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video; 'Gotta Serve Somebody', 'Ballad Of A Thin Man' and 'Maggie's Farm', from Beacon Theatre, New York, 19 October 1990. [poster here] JN

23 July 2020 - Red Bull meeting
The Red Bull meeting was cancelled - due to pandemic restrictions. JN

2 July 2020 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  John Stokes and 'If You See Him, Say Hello'  ●  Rough & Rowdy Ways - dissection time: Part One. Chris Cooper led the discussion with reference to the recent Bob Dylan interview by Douglas Brinkley published in The New York Times [see here] and the recent interview with Robbie Robertson in Rolling Stone magazine [see here]. He also began a track by track rundown. Part Two, next time  ●  Jeff Stevens on the new Bob Dylan-related book 'Me, The Boat and a Guy Named Bob', by Christopher Bowman  ●  Richard Stokes reviewed a recent online lecture: 'From New Orleans To Jerusalem - Bob Dylan’s Restless Farewell', by Sean Latham, Walter Professor of English and Director of the Tulsa University Institute for Bob Dylan Studies [video here]  ●  Al Masciocchi on the album 'Daniel Romano's Outfit Do (What Could Have Been) Infidels By Bob Dylan & The Plugz'  ●  Allen Purvis on the launch [on July 4] of four new limited edition graphics in the iconic 'Train Tracks' art series, and we played the excellent Halcyon Gallery promo video '2020 Bob Dylan Man with a Vision on a Mission - Introduction Film' [see here]  ●  Nancy Cobb remembered with amazing clarity her first Bob Dylan concert, the 1965 Hollywood Bowl, the third show after Dylan went electric in 1965 [Nancy's preferred audio version here]  ●  Chris Cooper introduces a new series, looking at song comparisons, this month he considered 'Blowin' In The Wind' [and played videos of two versions of the song, from Hamburg, 31 May 1984 and Barcelona, 28 June 1984]  ●  Jim Johnson on Bob Dylan concert residencies - the third in the series, looking at the 1978 Paris concerts [audio: 'True Love Tends To Forget' [extract] from Paris, France, 3 July 1978; 'We Better Talk This Over' [extract] from Paris, France, 4 July 1978; 'New Pony' [soundcheck] [extract] from Paris, France, 5 July 1978; 'Gates Of Eden' [extract] from Paris, France, 8 July 1978; video: 'She's Love Crazy' [extract] and 'Changing Of The Guards' [extract], both from Paris, France, 5 July 1978]  ●  Zac Dadic on collecting Bob Dylan 'Down Under' - Australian style  ●  Matt Wells mentioned Expecting Rain's 'Boot Club', which he has joined, and will keep us posted at forthcoming meetings [see here]  ●  Audio: 'Sweetheart Like You' and 'I & I' from 'Daniel Romano's Outfit Do (What Could Have Been) Infidels By Bob Dylan & The Plugz'; 'If Lovin' Is Believing' by Billy 'The Kid' Emerson  ●  Video: 'Things Have Changed' promo video; 'Series Of Dreams' promo video; Blake Mills guitar extracts from 'I've Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You', 'False Prophet' and 'I Contain Multitudes'; 'Talkin' World War III Blues' from Leicester, UK, 2 May 1965; 'Watching The River Flow' from Jönköping, Sweden, 27 March 2009; 'Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again' from Stockholm, Sweden, 23 March 2009; One from the archive - 'Like A Rolling Stone' from Terre Haute, Indiana, 14 October 1978; 'Like A Rolling Stone' [extract] Bordeaux, France, 29 June 2010. [poster here] JN

4 June 2020 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Intro and outline of the night's agenda from John Nye  ●  We remembered Bucky Baxter, slide guitarist in Bob Dylan's touring band for over 750 shows, who died on April 25, aged 65; and also Michael McClure, beat poet and Dylan contemporary, who died on May 4, aged 87  ●  Chris Cooper led the discussion on the soon-to-be-released new Bob Dylan double album 'Rough & Rowdy Ways'. Song titles and album personnel were discussed and Garret Baker added detail to the Irish connection to the story with his account of meetings he had with Dylan's band and crew during the time of the Ardmore Studios recording sessions  ●  Chris Cooper on Jack Savoretti and his writing of the song 'Touchy Situation' with Bob Dylan [see interview here and official video here]  ●  John Nye continued the story of Coronavirus and its impact on Bob Dylan's touring schedule - the Japan tour and now the US tour have both been cancelled. Will 2020 prove be the first year since 1977 when Dylan doesn't perform in concert?  ●  Jeff Stevens on 'Outlaw Blues', the new extensive Bob Dylan biography by Spencer Leigh  ●  John Nye on 'Pod Dylan' and the huge list of podcasts examining Bob Dylan songs 'one at a time' [see Pod Dylan's homepage here and songlist page here]; he also mentioned The Bob Dylan Primer podcast [see 'about' page here and episodes page here]  ●  Chris Cooper talked about Gene Simmons of Kiss and those songs he wrote with Bob Dylan [audio: 'Waiting For The Morning Light' and extract from 'Bob Dylan & Gene Simmons Writing Session', both from 'Gene Simmons – The Vault Experience: 1966-2016']  ●  Chris Cooper on Bob Dylan concert residencies - the second in the series, looking at the 1990 Beacon Theatre, New York concerts [video: 'Masters Of War' and 'Wiggle Wiggle' - Beacon Theatre, New York, 19 October 1990]  ●  Audio: Emma Swift 'I Contain Multitudes' [video here] from her soon-to-be-released album of Dylan covers called 'Blonde On The Tracks' ●  Video: 1981 Swedish TV and their report on 'garbologist' A.J. Weberman; 'Mama, You Been On My Mind', 'Dignity' and 'Man In A Long Black Coat' - Brighton Centre, Brighton, 26 March 1995. [poster here] JN

28 May 2020 - Red Bull meeting
The Red Bull meeting was cancelled - due to pandemic restrictions. JN

7 May 2020 - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Zoom Bobchat 7 May 2020
John Nye

Our first ZOOM Bobchat meeting - the lockdown special, by invitation only. People came in from the UK, the US and Ireland. A few had connection problems, so failed to get in, hopefully we'll see them next time: Greetings and intro from John Nye  ●  John Nye on Coronavirus and its impact on Dylan’s touring schedule  ●  Chris Cooper talked about, and showed, the new 2CD 'Japanese Singles Collection', which was released to tie in with the now-cancelled
 
 Zoom Bobchat 7 May 2020
Chris Cooper
Bob Dylan spring tour of Japan, complete with Zepp poster  ●  Chris Cooper and the back story to 'Murder Most Foul' and 'I Contain Multitudes'  ●  Chris Cooper talked briefly about future prospects of further editions of The Bootleg Series  ●  Richard Stokes on Germaine Greer’s cruel put-down of 'Visions of Johanna'  ●  John Nye on the revised dates for Record Store Day 2020 and the fact that this year RSD will not include a Bob Dylan album  ●  John Nye on Laura Tenschert's recent appointment to the board of The Tulsa University Institute of Bob Dylan Studies. John spoke about her at the last Bobchat meeting at The Red Bull and her radio show '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 BST]  ●  Nancy Cobb spoke about her visit last year to 'The World Of Bob Dylan' international symposium at The Tulsa University Institute of Bob Dylan Studies  ●  John Nye on the top 20 most sung songs by Bob Dylan in concert  ●  Chris Cooper on Bob Dylan concert residencies - the first in the series, looking at the 1990 Hammersmith Odeon, London concerts [video: 'I Want You' from Hammersmith Odeon, London, 8 February 1990]  ●  Video: 8 minute extract from 'Once Were Brothers - Robbie Robertson & The Band', the new Martin Scorsese film.  [poster here]
JN

26 March 2020 - Red Bull meeting
The Red Bull meeting was cancelled - and we had so much to talk about. [poster here] JN

30 January 2020TCBDS Bobchat 27 July 2017
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 a website and a booking form to do so! [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

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