Thursday, 31 December 2009
Excuse the shameless plug for my paymasters but BBC 6 Music have aired a great little series this week called Bob Dylan: Changing Times that I'd heartily recommend listening to online.
Each hour is devoted to Bob's career at the end of the 60s (Nashville Skyline, Isle of Wight Festival), 70s (bible bashing), 80s (Oh, Mercy) and finally a panel discussion about Bob at the end of this decade, Christmas in the Heart and all. Contributors include Sid Griffin, biographer Howard Sounes, Dylan's Isle of Wight housekeeper and former England cricket captain Bob Dylan Willis!
I enjoyed the second and fourth programmes most. The anecdotes about Born Again Bob are priceless. I also learnt that Dylan likes fried bread and Ian Botham saw one of his Australian gigs in the late 70s.
Here the links where you can listen while they shows are available.
Bob Dylan: Changing Times Ep 1
Bob Dylan: Changing Times Ep 2
Bob Dylan: Changing Times Ep 3
Bob Dylan: Changing Times Ep 4
The photo at the top of this post is from the Newport Folk Festival in 2002 by the way; proof that Bob's had his Must Be Santa wig in the cupboard for a while.