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The
Cambridge
Bob Dylan
Society

We are in our 36th 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.

We also have virtual meetings using ZOOM software, see below for more information. ZOOM Bobchat meetings are held the first Thursday of the month.

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 [and 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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Contact TCBDS: e-mail John Nye  e-mail John Stokes    
     

     
The next ZOOM Bobchat meeting of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society will be held on 6 August 2020 starting at 7.30pm BST [by invitation only]
 
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Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the ongoing UK Government-imposed shutdown of social venues, including pubs, we are now cancelling all Bobchat meetings at The Red Bull until further notice. When we are able to announce the date of our next Red Bull meeting, I will send out an email and will also announce the date here on the website and on Expecting Rain, as well as on the usual Bob Dylan Facebook groups. Keep safe and good luck. JN

If you want your name added to the email list then please write to me here e-mail John Nye.
     
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ZOOM Bobchat meetings

We have now announced dates for a series of virtual ZOOM Bobchat meetings - to be held the first Thursday of every month [see list below].

Our intention is to keep the number of participants low at these meetings, to a maximum of 30, to ensure that everyone can join in, and get the most out of each meeting. Priority for attendance must be given to paid up members and regular TCBDS attendees. JN

[Admission £1 - payment via PayPal]

Email me to join the ZOOM Bobchat list. Joining the list doesn't guarantee admission.



These are confirmed dates for Bobchat meetings of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society.

2020
Thursday 23 July 2020, 7.30pm BST - Red Bull meeting cancelled
Thursday 6 August 2020, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 3 September 2020, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting

Thursday 24 September 2020, 7.30pm - Red Bull meeting cancelled
Thursday 1 October 2020, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 5 November 2020, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting

Thursday 26 November 2020, 7.30pm - Red Bull meeting cancelled
Thursday 3 December 2020, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
2021
Thursday 7 January 2021, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 4 February 2021, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 4 March 2021, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 1 April 2021, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
Thursday 6 May 2021, 7.30pm BST - ZOOM Bobchat meeting
 

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

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

Meetings start at 7.30pm [Admission £2 - collected at the end of the meeting]

[for directions, see here]  [The Red Bull on Facebook here]

The Red Bull   The Red Bull
 
The Red Bull, Newnham
The Red Bull [from Urban Sketchers Cambridge, a Facebook group]
     
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

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Bobchat meetings

2020

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 considers 'Blowin' In The Wind' [and played videos of two versions of 'Blowin' In The Wind', 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
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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


John Green Anniversary, 14Dec2019

John Green Anniversary
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].


2019

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 

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CHRIS COOPER        -        JOHN NYE        -        JOHN STOKES

 

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