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July 23 - 29, 2023

Seven Days in Bob Dylan

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The Week's Best Dylan News & Posts

  • How Bob Dylan inspired, and angered, Sinead O’Connor (Duluth News Tribute)
    • “O’Connor first remembered hearing Dylan in 1977, when she was 10 years old. “I see from the album cover he’s as beautiful as if God blew a breath from Lebanon and it became a man,” she wrote.”
  • The Many Sounds of Bob Dylan’s Voice (PopMatters)
    • “In 2018, Dylan premiered an unadorned ballad version of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”. For the first few minutes, Dylan is practically unaccompanied at a piano before a pizzicato double bass and snare-brushed-drum lift and borne the arrangement to its bittersweet coda.”
  • Why Dylan Should Not Have Received the Nobel Prize (Dylanology)
    • “Giving Dylan the Nobel Prize of Literature is an error of categories: Dylan can not be awarded a Literature prize, because what he is doing is not literature. He is a singer: he writes songs and sings them, and even though those songs partly consist of texts, and those texts are of an outstandingly high level, and for many are what define their image of Dylan, all of this is not enough to call him a “literature guy”.”
  • PhilosopHer of Modern Song: Brooklyn Baby (Bawker)
    • “Except I’m a barista, I’m just out of college, I live in in bushwick with 3 roommates I hate, and I like to go thrifting on my days off. Every day people treat me like I’m not a person. I have no concept of the future.”
  • Exploring Two Newly Unearthed Dylan/Petty Soundboards (Flagging Down The Double E’s)
    • “Today, a look at a magnificent new tape of a show in Bonner Springs, just outside Kansas City, on July 24, 1986.”
  • Unpacking “Oh Mercy” for live performance (Untold Dylan)
    • “Let’s start with the guitars. Lanois, in his account, has Dylan playing the rhythm parts on a butterscotch (‘52) Telecaster. My Harley Benton black-and-white is decidedly non-vintage, but pushed through a Fender amp with the reverb on 11, it provides that shimmering curtain of sound you’ll recognise even if you have no idea what I’m talking about when I talk about guitars.”

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New Bob Dylan Podcasts

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Photo Of The Week

Dylan’s Saved album promo on The Sunset Strip in Hollywood (via @PatThomas1964 on Twitter)

New Bob Dylan Video

Dylan Detained By Police (2009)

Bob Dylan For Sale


  • PRE-ORDER (US): The Joker & The Thief (Peter Stone Brown)
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    • Release Date Aug 1, 2023
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    • Release Date: Sept 12, 2023
  • PRE-ORDER: Material Wealth: The Personal Archives of Allen Ginsberg
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    • Release Sept 27, 2023
  • PRE-ORDER: My Greenwish Village: Dave Bob Me (Terri Thal)
  • PRE-ORDER: I’m Not There (21st Century Film Essentials)
  • PRE-ORDER: Play A Song for Me
  • Book: Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan (50th Anniversary) Vol. 1
  • Book: Pledging My Time: Conversations w/Bob Dylan’s Band Members
  • Book: I Contain Multitudes (Jochen Markhorst)
  • Book: Mixing Up The Medicine (The Bob Dylan Center)
  • SALE: The Philosophy of Modern Song (Bob Dylan)


  • SALE: Love And Theft Vinyl
  • SALE: Travelin’ Through Bootleg Series 15 Vinyl
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