Season One

Time Out Of Mind

A 25th Anniversary Celebration

Blog Posts, Interviews,
Live Events and More...

"What Lanois heard that day were songs that focused on what Dylan called “the dread realities of life.”

“They had a lot in them,” Lanois says today. “They had regret and hope, beauty and optimism. A lot of life experience. They were so complex.”

- RollingStone
Sept 30,2017

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Michael Hacker


Bob Dylan and his career were in a different place in the years just before Time Out Of Mind. To understand the work and its reception we'll look back to the mid 80's and early 90's, to set the stage for the record's emergence and the reaction it inspired.

Links: A Bob Dylan Primer (Podcast) (Apple Podcasts)

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Howard Sounes

Author: Down The Highway - The Life of Bob Dylan

Howard Sounes interviewed 250 of the most important people in Dylan's life for his book and it gave him a very interesting perspective particularly on the man Bob was in the early '90's and the impact the success of TOOM had on his career.

Full Version Length - 34:37

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Mark Howard

Engineer, Time Out Of Mind

Let's ask the man who was there how TOOM came to sound that way, what takes we didn't hear, who made the key decisions, what happened in the room and what happened behind the scenes.

Full Version Length - 33:20


Alan Frasier

Publisher: Searching For A Gem

Every Dylan album means first rumors, then promo items, then official releases all over the world, singles, compilations, and more. Alan is *the* expert and he'll give us a tour of how this great album hit the streets.

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Graley Herren

Author: Dreams and Dialogues in Dylan's Time Out Of Mind

Professor Herren's book goes deep into the possible meanings and motivations behind the songs on Time Out Of Mind. He'll present thoughts on how 'murder ballads' might play a role in explaining the unified message on this album.

Full Version Length - 18:26

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Scott Warmuth

Independant Scholar

The work Scott has done in identifying influences and quotations in Dylan's work is legendary, and TOOM is a place where this approach to songwriting really emerged. He'll share many of the sources he's discovered.

Full Version Length - 38:56

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Ray Padgett

Publisher: Flagging Down The Double E's

In Ray's book Cover Met he investigated how Adele came to famously cover 'To Make You Feel My Love' and he'll share this story of a song that stands out on TOOM for more reason than one.

Links: CoverMeSongs, Patreon, Book: Cover.Me (Amazon), Flagging Down The Double E’s (Substack)

Full Version Length - 28:49


Larry Starr

Author: Listening to Bob Dylan

As an emeritus professor of music history at the University of Washington, Larry brings a very different approach to his recent book on Dylan, and a look at what's unique about the musical side of these songs and their performances.

Links: Listening To Bob Dylan (Amazon)

Full Version Length - 25:21


Michael Gray

Author: Outtakes on Bob Dylan (Writings 1967-2021)

In this wide-ranging conversation Michael revisits his original thoughts on Time Out Of Mind when he first wrote about it, how he's re-evaluated it over time, and take a look at some specific thoughts about some of the songs he likes best, and least best, on this important album.

Full Version Length - 50:57


Laura Tenschert

Host: Definitely Dylan (Podcast and Patreon)

Dylan's most covered (and therefore likely heard) song of the last 25 years "Make You Feel My Love" is one that isn't universally loved amongst his most ardent fans and more serious critics. In this presentations Laura reviews the song's critical reception (from the release to now) and then offers a new lyrical analysis.

Full Version Length - 47:44

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Jochen Markhorst

Author: Time Out Of Mind - The Rising of An Old Master

Professor Markhorst shares from his amazing new TOOM books, with stories of how Cold Irons Bound sprang to live, and what seems to have been on Dylan's mind when he was writing it. We get insights into Dylan's process and those that he admires and respects.

Full Version Length - 19:07


Matthew Zuckerman


Matt has been writing about Dylan for a long time, and shared one of his earlier pieces on Time Out Of Mind and one on Tell Tale Signs on our blog. Today he started with some thoughts on why Dirt Road Blues stands apart from the rest, and then we talk about TOOM overall and what exactly makes it so deserving of attention.

Full Version Length - 29:33

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Scott Bunn

Writer: ReclinerNotes.com

The major epic that is Highlands is the song Scott chose to discuss, walking us through his analysis of the song, it's desperation and humor, and how serves as the summary and closer for Time Out Of Mind. After his presentation we discuss Neil Young, The Waitress, and more.

Full Version Length - 25:38


Robyn HItchcock

Songwriter, Performer, Artist

A respected and influential songwriter - alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan - Robyn attended Dylan’s Isle of Wight concert and has been paying close attention ever since. Known for his work with The Soft Boys and then a prolific career both solo and with backing bands including The Egyptians and The Venus 3.

Full Version Length - 43:15


Wesley Stace

Songwriter, Performer, Author

The fact that his long-time stage name was John Wesley Harding gives some indication of how this great songwriter (and noted author) feels about Bob Dylan. He’s released over a dozen acclaimed albums, published four novels, and hosts the wonderful Cabinet of Wonders live shows. Wes wrote the liner notes for Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review Box Set.

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Jeff Slate

Singer/Songwriter, Writer

Songwriter and writer has released albums solo and with The Badge, opened for Sheryl Crow, and regularly writes for Rolling Stone, The Wall St Journal, and others, and is a regular SiriusXM host. Jeff has been involved with The Bob Dylan Center, interviewing Roger McGuinn at the World of Bob Dylan Conference - and he wrote the Liner Notes for The More Blood More Tracks Edition of The Bootleg Series.

Links: JeffSlate.com

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Jon Stewart

Musician, Author

Jon Stewart's recent book is called Dylan, Lennon, Marx, and God and he talked to us about what the research he did for that book tells us about Dylan in relation to the songs on Time Out Of Mind - primarily in relation to how aspects of Dylan's education and the philosophies he has adopted impact the album.

Full Version Length - 27:47

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Michael Brauer on Remixing Time Out Of Mind

Mix Engineer

Michael Brauer recently re-mixed Time Out Of Mind for Bootleg Series 17, it's the 9th Bob Dylan album he's worked on in a career that includes McCartney, Springsteen, The RollingStones, and many others.

Full Version Length - 58:25

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Writer / Author / Podcaster

Steven Hyden wrote the liner notes for The Bootleg Series 17: Fragments - The Time Out Of Mind Sessions, and talks to us about the assignment, his assessment of Bob Dylan in 1997, and how the narrative of the times stood up to 25 years of additional Bob Dylan output.

Links: Books (Amazon) – Never Ending Stories Podcast (AppleMusic) (Patreon)

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Feel like I'm drifting.

Drifting from scene to scene.