Bob Dylan

We are in our 35th 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 [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 Bobchat meeting of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society will be held at The Red Bull on Thursday, March 28, starting at 7.45pm
These are confirmed dates for Bobchat meetings of The Cambridge Bob Dylan Society.
Thursday 28 March 2019, 7.45pm

Thursday 13 June 2019, 7.45pm

Thursday 25 July 2019, 7.45pm

Thursday 26 September 2019, 7.45pm

Thursday 28 November 2019, 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 [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


31 January 2019
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 we 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 TCBDS Bobchat 27 July 2017Scorsese', 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 (with thanks to Steve Silberman and his Twitter account)   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


29 November 2018
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

27 September 2018
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

26 July 2018
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, TCBDS Bobchat 27 July 2017Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia!  ●  We remembered 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

31 May 2018TCBDS 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 spTCBDS Bobchat 31 May 2018oke 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

29 March 2018
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

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

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