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Dylan was the first major artist I saw in concert – Winter, 1966, I believe – after Highway 61 Revisited was released. Because I was only 13, my Dad kindly drove me and my buddy Larry Lindsey about 30 miles to see him at the Westchester Community Center’s 200-300 seat auditorium. Sopworth Camel (a one-hit wonder) opened, followed by the Loving Spoonful. Dylan did an acoustic set, followed by an electric set. I was awed. I will always remember him there – having fun, and ROCKING OUT!
Who knew I’d still be listening to him after all this time, and, more importantly, that he would continue to write amazing songs. Thanks, Bob.
But time goes on and he’s now 70. Damn.
And to keep things in perspective, my buddy Jimmy Z, legendary blue musician, has blogged about being with Tom Petty at Live Aid and playing a prank on ol’ Bob:
There where we were after our Live Aid show safely done, the pressure is off and everyone is congratulating us. The party was just starting to heat up as the afternoon wound its way toward evening. At one point I was standing with some people, talking and laughing when all of a sudden everyone went quiet and I looked up and noticed that Bob Dylan was walking by us and everyone just turned so reverent. I half expected the heavens to part and violins to start playing the way some of these people were behaving. They were saying things like “ssshhh…its Bob Dylan…he’s getting a drink.” Or “ooohhh.….its Bob Dylan…he’s going to the toilet!” Now don’t get me wrong, Bob Dylan as a writer and innovator is tops in my book. But Jeez…come on people…he’s just one of us.…isn’t he?
Well that’s what I thought that day and still do. There were three porta-potties set up in the back stage area right next to these giant parachute tents which had been set up to protect us from the heat. As Dylan is heading towards the portables, the people around me were saying, “Bob’s gotta take a leak” So right then I decide to saunter on over to the outhouses myself. As I got there, Bob was already inside and I could hear him peeing. I looked back over my shoulder at the expectant backstage crowd and them at me, then back at Bob’s outhouse. I grabbed it with both hands and gave it a good four second shake. Everyone else backstage could hear Bob yelling, “Hey! Hey!! Hey!!!” I was laughing so hard and when I turned around I was greeted by a sight I won’t soon forget. There was Tom Petty, management and probably at least thirty of the biggest rock stars of the day with their jaws on the ground looking utterly aghast at what I had just done. I walked around back to Tom Petty and he laid into me. All that slow southern drawl and laid back humor was gone. He said, “I can’t believe you just did that…I can’t believe it …that was Bob, fuckin’, Dylan! Are you out of your mind?” To be honest I didn’t see what the big deal was. I was still trying not to laugh.
What I do remember is the sight of Bob Dylan coming out of that portable outhouse with a piss stain trail right down the left leg of his Levi’s, looking to see who did this to him, like any other mortal would. And in my mind looking pissed off and humored all at the same time. Any way Bob, I’d just like to say I think you’re a good sport and you handled yourself with grace and aplomb in an awkward situation…I wish you could have seen it from where I was because it was fuckin’ funny…
Read the whole post on Confessions of of a Glorified Sideman.
My favorite Dylan song? Hard to say. Though many of his words and songs changed me and helped me grow intellectually and politically in ways I still can’t completely grasp, probably his one of his shortest is one my favorites – All The Tired Horses, from his much-maligned Self Portrait. It’s not sung by Bob, it has female singers and overly-lush orchestrated, mawkishly sentimental strings. I first heard it while I was on the road and it drowns me in nostalgia, for whatever reason. Kinda like his You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.
For the first time, on a birthday tribute today, I heard him reading Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie – could be the best thing he ever wrote.
Freedom is no fear. ~ Singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist, Nina Simone
In the sidebar there were many links to Nina Simone’s version of his song. One of the links was to this great interview, where I heard the quote:
Picture courtesy Jazz Icons.
Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself. ~ Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, artist, and so much more, Miles Davis
On Monday, he came to San Rafael to screen the updated version of his 1987 campy-cult western Straight To Hell Returns at the Christopher B. Smith Film Center.
It is definitely a movie you either love or hate – there is no middle ground. For me, the absolutely absurdity of it makes it worthwhile. Watching Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, and the other misfit outlaws on their rampage of killing, looting, and ultra-violence was much sillier this time around.
One thing that stood out to me was the almost complete lack of profanity – so tame compared to what it would be if it was shot today.
This newly restored version has a few added scenes and excellent special effects shots done by Collateral Image.
The question and answer session with Alex was led by the San Rafael’s Film Center’s programmer Richard Peterson. Tod Davies, Alex’s wife, also sat in and commented. Along with some great anecdotes, topics ranged from the long history of the much-used movie’s set, his other movies, George Lucas, Roman Polanski, Sam Pekinpah, Luis Buñel, Charles Bronson, punk rock as a marketing scheme as well as a revolution, surrealism, Christian iconography in movies and art, reality versus dreams in movies, and much more.
Sorry – the sound was recorded a bit low, so you’ll probably have to adjust your volume. Feel free to download.
In my opinion, Jeff Zucker made way too many disastrous personnel and programming decisions during his soon-to-be-over tenure as NBC/Universal President.
Many media blogs and outlets are reporting on a roast held for him yesterday.
The best line I’ve read so far was from Katie Couric ~ Jeff is living proof that Jews may control the media, but that doesn’t mean they’re good at it.
I also think it is funny they roasted him at a lunch and not a dinner.
You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music. ~ Jazz singer and songwriter, Billie Holiday
I believe that the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard. ~ Composer, performance artist & visionary John Cage
The quote is from the early 1950′s. Anyone that creates music with a laptop, samples, or mash-ups, owes him a lot.
I find Twitter to be the most powerful aggregator of sheer novelty that humanity has yet possessed…
Speculative novelist William Gibson
I was fortunate to have met him once years ago through our mutual friend, Dr. Timothy Leary.
Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST.
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it. ~ Composer & guitarist Frank Zappa
I thought rock n’ roll was a different form of show business. I thought it unlocked something different about the human spirit and about the artistic process.
Of course… it didn’t. ~ Guitar virtuoso Pete Townshend
photo © Linda McCartney
I want nothing from Hollywood but money and anyone who tells you that he came here for anything else or tries to make beautiful words out of it lies in the teeth. ~ Supreme Satirist & Poet Dorothy Parker