Monday, May 24, 2021

Memories of Bob Dylan live: For his 80th birthday

I have known the songs of Bob Dylan since I was very young, but I only began listening to him seriously after getting into the Jerry Garcia Band, especially their roaring version of "Tangled Up In Blue" – and the first time I saw Dylan live was in Oakland on the 1987 Dylan and the Dead. I only saw him again in Konstanz in 1996, but since then I've seen him several times in Zurich as well as in Freiburg and Basel. Many listeners complain about how he rearranges his songs (I'm convinced he does so to keep people from singing along), but I've always enjoyed the variations and his brilliant unpredictability. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 24 May 2021)

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