Category: bob dylan fave

Bob Dylan, alternate takes for the cover of Bl…

Bob Dylan, alternate takes for the cover of Blonde on Blonde, by Jerry Schatzberg

Smilin’ Bob

Smilin’ Bob

Bob Dylan loves when you play with his hair.

Bob Dylan loves when you play with his hair.

Bob Dylan, 1965, with the siren whistle he pla…

Bob Dylan, 1965, with the siren whistle he played on the title track for “Highway 61 Revisited”

Bob Dylan, on The Rolling Thunder Revue, by Ke…

Bob Dylan, on The Rolling Thunder Revue, by Ken Regan

Bob Dylan, Rolling Thunder Revue, 1975, Ken Re…

Bob Dylan, Rolling Thunder Revue, 1975, Ken Regan, featuring The Famous Flowered Hat

Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, Ft Collins …

Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, Ft Collins CO, May 23, 1976, recorded for an NBC TV special “Hard Rain”, aired September 13. #fingernails

I went crazy for this! Still one of the wildest things I’ve ever seen on TV. Like another peak classic rock TV experience, Bowie’s “1980 Floor Show” (also on NBC), it has never been released officially, and Sony keeps taking the videos down…but for now anyway, feast your ass on THIS, an electrified version of “Shelter From The Storm”, featuring Bob playing SLIDE. 

Bob had already been famous (and infamous) for switching songs up live for over a decade, but this was the first time I’d heard one of his solemn, intimate prayers that I knew like the back of my hand turned up, blown out, and howling – and I was hooked for life. Turn it up! It won’t really make sense until your ears are bleeding.

*If the clip is gone by the time you see this post, here’s a hyperlink to the YouTube search so you can try to find it again. 🙂

And note that this is the ‘76 leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue. Most of the attention, including the Martin Scorsese documentary, is focused on the more civilized 1975 leg. That one was Bob telling his friends, “C’mon everybody! It’ll be fun!” Emphasis on Rolling.

1976 wasn’t about friends. This was Bob saying, “If I stop, I’ll die, so I’m gonna keep going until I can’t….then I’ll go a little further still.” Emphasis on Thunder.

Hell yeah it’s a mess. This is a man on fire, playing for keeps. Prepare yourself to be changed.

Parasol Bob.

Parasol Bob.

Houndstooth Bob at the piano, by Barry Feinste…

Houndstooth Bob at the piano, by Barry Feinstein

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on The Rolling Thunder…

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on The Rolling Thunder Revue, Montreal, December 4, 1975. Photo by Ken Regan.