Bob Dylan

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

The next Bobchat meeting of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society is at The Red Bull on Thursday, September 28 starting at 7.45pm
These are confirmed dates for Bobchat meetings of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society.
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 meetingsTCBDS Bobchat 27 July2017


July 27
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on Bob Dylan's Nobel acceptance speech - and his possible borrowings from SparkNotes  ●  John Nye on the recently found unpublished Bob Dylan song about 'the dairy State' Wisconsin and its failed attempted auction  ●  John Nye looked at 'Plumdusty's Page' [here]  ●  John Stokes reported on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

May 25
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 TCBDS Bobchat 25May2017tour 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

March 30
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 PhilhTCBDS Bobchat 27July2017armonic 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 [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

January 26
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  ●  JefTCBDS Bobchat 25May2017f 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

For details of earlier meetings click here.

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