Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Dylan: counter culture

Dylan's Live at the Gaslight 1962 show is set for official release. That's the good news. The bad news? Starbucks has exclusive rights to sell it for the first 18 months. Starbucks USA only? It's not clear. They don't say. I don't know.
The Gaslight has been available for years on various bootleg labels. Somehow, it is one of the few early Dylan recordings I do not already possess. Ah, well.
Also end-August: "The Bootleg Series Volume 7: No Direction Home". According to reports, No Direction Home contains unreleased early 1960s material from Dylan's archives.
I hazard that a lot of the material is already out there on bootlegs: Folksingers [sic] Choice: The Cynthia Gooding Radio Show featuring Bob Dylan (1962); The Banjo Tape & NYC Town Hall (1963). And on Scorpio's The Genuine Bootleg Series. To get an idea of how good the Scorpios are: The Genuine Bootleg Series, The Genuine Bootleg Series Take 2, and the truly superb The Third One Now.
That said, most people won't have any of those bootlegs nor heard much of the very early Dylan in performance. That was a time when he used to work an audience, make them laugh. So, it's very welcome news that some of that early 1960s stuff is finally coming out officially. More about Dylan, Gaslight, Starbucks and, yes, Martin Scorsese, all in one article, at the non-reg required iht.

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