780 Holmes Road Revisited,* or, Where’s the Art, Bob? Throughout his career, Bob Dylan has been an exponent of the “folk process,” wherein an artist appropriates an extant song, modifies it to the degree that now there are two songs, which may appear to be siblings, but not identical twins. Blowin’ in the Wind is… read more
July 2, 2016 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read It was a night of biblical proportions at Tanglewood, a concert by Bob Dylan that was a revelation, following a set by Mavis Staples that was a revival. The revelation is that some 55 years into his career, by remaining true and not wavering from his… read more
Article by Dave Read Facebook Twitter Bob Dylan’s Tanglewood show, July 2, 2016, will be the seventh time he has performed in the Berkshires, but only the fifth time he has headlined a concert here. His surprise appearance as guest of Joan Baez at her Aug. 17, 1963 concert in Pittsfield, when he sang Only… read more
Article by Dave Read Facebook Twitter Update: Bob Dylan at Tanglewood July 2, 2016. Bob Dylan has an association with the Berkshires that spans the five decades of his career and includes a couple of events at the apogee of all Dylan fan’s “wish-I’d-been-there” list, even though there have been only four Bob Dylan concerts… read more
Article updated June 26, 2018 by Dave Read Inside Llewyn Davis, the 2013 Coen Brothers movie based on Dave Van Ronk’s memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street, inspired me to tell the story of a few encounters with Van Ronk over the course of almost 25 years. We met at the Rusty Nail Saloon, Sunderland,… read more
June 23, 2013 Article by Dave Read Joan Baez delighted an audience of perhaps 5,000 at Tanglewood on June 23, 2013 fifty years after playing to a sold-out audience at the Boy’s Club in Pittsfield on August 14, 1963. At Tanglewood, she sang Bob Dylan’s plaintive It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, his vituperative Don’t… read more
May 11, 2016 Article by Dave Read Bob Dylan first performed in the Berkshires on August 17, 1963 as Joan Baez’s unannounced guest at the Boy’s Club in Pittsfield, one of three Berkshire Music Barn concerts that were held in Pittsfield that year to accommodate a larger audience than the Music Barn’s Lenox facility could…. read more
Nov. 19, 2010 Article by Dave Read Attending an episode of the Bob Dylan Show is like pulling your car over to the curb in the midst of an ordinary errand late in the afternoon of a drab day because you noticed something on the horizon and thought, Wow! that needs a closer look. Because… read more
Jan 21, 1999 Article by Dave Read We spoke with Dave Van Ronk the day before he was to perform at the Eighth Step Coffeehouse in Albany, NY. After congratulating him on receiving ASCAP’S Lifetime Achievement Award, we mentioned that Ramblin’ Jack Elliott had been honored recently at the White House. Typically, Dave was ready… read more
Bob Dylan concert review – Pittsfield, MA Aug. 26, 2006 Wahconah Park show on minor league ballpark tour, with Jimmie Vaughn, Junior Brown, Elana James.
Review Bob Dylan’s concert at Wahconah Park, Pittsfield, MA during his 2005 tour of minor league ball parks. This was Dylan’s first performance in Pittsfield since appearing as Joan Baez’s guest in a 1963 concert at the Pittsfield Boy’s Club.
Bob Dylan’s return to the Newport Folk Festival in 2002, 37 years after “going electric” and shocking folk music “purists” was marked by his appearance wearing a crazy wig and fake beard, a stellar setlist, but only a routine performance.