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21 Jul 2021: Press release from Third Man Records: Announcing "Vault Package #49: Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985)". In conjunction with Sony/Legacy, Third Man will release this 4xLP collection (pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit) full of previously-unreleased outtakes, mixes and more, complete with a 16-page booklet of liner notes and track notations and four uniquely-coloured LPs in their own individual LP sleeves, all housed together in an impressive custom slipcase. The songs on the Third Man Vault package will be the ONLY vinyl release of those 42 songs. There is NO material overlap between the 2xLP version from Sony/Legacy and the 4xLP release from Third Man.
Sign up is open now through July 31 at midnight CST: https://thirdmanstore.com/products/vault-subscription

Thanks to Mike Ward of Badlands and Éamonn Ó Catháin for information.

21 Jul 2021: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 - Springtime in New York 1980-1985 will be released on 17 Sep 2021 as a 5CD Deluxe Edition and 2CD/2LP Standard Editions. It is now listed in the International Albums section with the 5CD tracklist. Two songs on the 5CD set, Let It Be Me from 1981 and Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground from 1983 were previously released as international 7" single B-sides and are currently listed as rarities. These will be removed from the Rarities List if on the 2CD/2LP Standard Edition. This photo of Bob (reversed) taken by Ken Regan in 1984 was used on an Empire Burlesque 7" single in 1985, see International Singles: Singles & EPs 1984-86.

19 Jul 2021: In my opinion Shadow Kingdom was a triumph, even though it only lasted 50 minutes! Some people have criticised the presentation but Bob's singing was excellent and the band of new musicians played well on very recognisable versions of the songs. The film was directed and edited by Israeli film-maker Alma Har'el, the woman who directed 2012's "Bombay Beach" (in Southern California, not India) with three Dylan songs, see VHS & DVD (Films with Dylan Album Tracks) 2010-19. It is my hope it will be released as an official DVD/Blu-ray/CD some time. Rumour has it that as it mostly featured Bob's early songs there will be two more episodes with songs from different periods. Bring 'em on!

14 Jul 2021: Thanks to Hank Wellman for information that The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 - Springtime in New York 1980-1985 will be released on 17 Sep 2021. This covers a much wider period than just the Infidels sessions previously announced.

1 Jul 2021: This web-site is no longer frozen. All contributors are invited to send in new items. However, work on my long-standing projects, including a new Dylan discography book, is still very incomplete. I shall therefore still be giving this priority over web-site updates, so please be patient if your contribution does not appear for some time.

23 Jun 2021: Bob Dylan's "Odds and Ends" is a new two-hour film made up of archival interviews, promotional videos, and documentary shorts. It tells the stories of some of the most important moments in the legendary artist's career. Apparently there is no material that will be new to Dylan fans. The video can by bought or rented by Amazon customers in the USA in High or Standard Definition. For more information see here:  Bob Dylan Film ‘Odd and Ends’ Being Released Digitally by SME – The Hollywood Reporter.

16 Jun 2021: bobdylan.com have announced Shadow Kingdom, an exclusive online broadcast event that will take place on Sunday 18 Jul 2021 at 2 p.m. PT (10 p.m. British Summer Time). Bob will perform songs from his extensive body of work "in an intimate setting". Tickets are $25 and allow reviewing until 21 Jul 2021.

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Contacting Bob Dylan

This is a fan site with no connection to Bob - that means you can't contact him through me! I used to have a postal address for Bob's New York business office that I thought was correct, but I have since been informed by someone who wrote to that address that their mail was returned. I have never had an email address. I can only suggest you contact Bob's publisher Simon & Schuster or use the feedback page at www.bobdylan.com. I also have no means of helping anyone who wants to meet Bob Dylan or obtain his autograph!

For much wider news coverage of interest to Bob Dylan fans, see Karl Erik's amazing "Expecting Rain" site . It's always up-to-date thanks to his astounding dedication!


News and Updates are now two separate pages - for Updates (including all site structure changes), see here.

Revised: 21 July, 2021


21 Jul 2021: Press release from Third Man Records: Announcing "Vault Package #49: Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985)". In conjunction with Sony/Legacy, Third Man will release this 4xLP collection (pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit) full of previously-unreleased outtakes, mixes and more, complete with a 16-page booklet of liner notes and track notations and four uniquely-coloured LPs in their own individual LP sleeves, all housed together in an impressive custom slipcase. The songs on the Third Man Vault package will be the ONLY vinyl release of those 42 songs. There is NO material overlap between the 2xLP version from Sony/Legacy and the 4xLP release from Third Man.
Sign up is open now through July 31 at midnight CST: https://thirdmanstore.com/products/vault-subscription

Thanks to Mike Ward of Badlands and Éamonn Ó Catháin for information.


21 Jul 2021: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 - Springtime in New York 1980-1985 will be released on 17 Sep 2021 as a 5CD Deluxe Edition and 2CD/2LP Standard Editions. It is now listed in the International Albums section with the 5CD tracklist. Two songs on the 5CD set, Let It Be Me from 1981 and Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground from 1983 were previously released as international 7" single B-sides and are currently listed as rarities. These will be removed from the Rarities List if on the 2CD/2LP Standard Edition. This photo of Bob (reversed) taken by Ken Regan in 1984 was used on an Empire Burlesque 7" single in 1985, see International Singles: Singles & EPs 1984-86.

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CBS BA 3393 (Australia) - front of promo sleeve (my copy)

19 Jul 2021: In my opinion Shadow Kingdom was a triumph, even though it only lasted 50 minutes! Some people have criticised the presentation but Bob's singing was excellent and the band of new musicians played well on very recognisable versions of the songs. The film was directed and edited by Israeli film-maker Alma Har'el, the woman who directed 2012's "Bombay Beach" (in Southern California, not India) with three Dylan songs, see VHS & DVD (Films with Dylan Album Tracks) 2010-19. It is my hope it will be released as an official DVD/Blu-ray/CD some time. Rumour has it that as it mostly featured Bob's early songs there will be two more episodes with songs from different periods. Bring 'em on!


14 Jul 2021: Thanks to Hank Wellman for information that The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 - Springtime in New York 1980-1985 will be released on 17 Sep 2021. This covers a much wider period than just the Infidels sessions previously announced. Although I do not yet have details of formats and track listing, it is also reported to contain acoustic versions of Empire Burlesque songs.


1 Jul 2021: This web-site is no longer frozen. All contributors are invited to send in new items. However, work on my long-standing projects, including a new Dylan discography book, is still very incomplete. I shall therefore still be giving this priority over web-site updates, so please be patient if your contribution does not appear for some time.


23 Jun 2021: Bob Dylan's "Odds and Ends" is a new two-hour film made up of archival interviews, promotional videos, and documentary shorts. It tells the stories of some of the most important moments in the legendary artist's career. Apparently there is no material that will be new to Dylan fans. The video can by bought or rented by Amazon customers in the USA in High or Standard Definition. For more information see here: Bob Dylan Film ‘Odd and Ends’ Being Released Digitally by SME – The Hollywood Reporter.

16 Jun 2021: bobdylan.com have announced Shadow Kingdom, an exclusive online broadcast event that will take place on Sunday 18 Jul 2021 at 2 p.m. PT (10 p.m. British Summer Time). Bob will perform songs from his extensive body of work "in an intimate setting". Tickets are $25 and allow reviewing until 21 Jul 2021.

24 May 2021: Happy 80th Birthday Mister Bob! Keep on keepin' on!

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13 May 2021: Thanks to Bob Stacy for information that the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma will open to the public on 10 May 2022. To draw attention to the center’s offerings and plans, a previously unheard version of Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right — described as “one sterling example of the treasures to be found” in the archive — was released Wednesday morning (12 May 2021) as a free download, courtesy of the BDC. Described as “heretofore unknown,” the 1962 recording includes alternate lyrics and was recorded in the New York apartment of friends Milton (Mell) and Lillian Bailey well before its eventual appearance on 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. The download can be found here. The new performance has been added to Online Performances (Other).


Older News

Old news items are kept on here until the rarities referred to actually surface, or until it becomes clear that they're not going to!


9 Apr 2021: Even though the web-site is closed for additions, I shall still add important Dylan news. Thanks to Badlands for news that Record Store Day 2021 will include a 12" vinyl single of Jokerman/I & I (The Reggae Remix EP). The two versions of I And I are from the 2004 album Is It Rolling, Bob? A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan Vol. 1, while the two remixes of Jokerman by Doctor Dread are new and exclusive to this 12". Also on sale will be the 2009 Watchmen: Music From The Motion Picture soundtrack album as a 2LP set on blue and yellow vinyl with The Times They Are A-Changin', Jimi Hendrix covering All Along The Watchtower, and a cover of Desolation Row by My Chemical Romance. There will also be albums from Dylan-related artists such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Grateful Dead.

18 Oct 2020: The Yahoo! web-site is reporting that George Clooney will direct a film version of John Grisham's baseball novel "Calico Joe". The exciting news for Dylan fans is that Bob is scheduled to write the soundtrack. Bob is known to be a huge baseball fan and has recorded Catfish (a Desire out-take released in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3) and Take Me Out To The Ball Game from his Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan: Baseball in 2006. Thanks to Jürgen Wasser for information that John Grisham's book has been translated into German with the title "Home Run", and is also available in French and Italian. More information about the film and the soundtrack will be added when available.

24 Nov 2015: Please note, in order to reduce the huge number of submissions, only submit scans of new items. If you have variant copies of items already listed on the site, please submit only a text description of your item that can be pasted into the web page. That will make the additions significantly easier to handle, and avoid web pages becoming too long. This is a new permanent policy for the site. Thank you for your co-operation.


7 Jul 2014: Thanks to Jeff Gold, Bruce Mulle and several others for news of 149 Dylan acetates from the Nashville Skyline/Self Portrait/New Morning era that were found in a New York building in West Houston Street, Greenwich Village, that was once rented by Bob as a studio. These have been named "The West Houston Street Acetates" and contain many unreleased versions of Dylan songs from the period. They will be listed in full on the 2014 page when time permits. For full details, see here.

26 Nov 2013: So long, eBay! This web-site has an ongoing huge backlog of additions, all with high quality artwork, and several important new Dylan releases to add between now and Christmas. In view of the poor quality of description and illustration of items from eBay and other online auction sites, together with the high probability that items are counterfeit, no more items from such sites will be considered for inclusion here. I've also been told that featuring eBay items on this web-site has led to higher prices. Thanks to those who have submitted eBay links in the past, but please don't do so in future under any circumstances.

As an example, look at the scan by Manuel García Jara and a photo of the same single from an online auction site. The digital photo is appalling (and shows the wrong side of the sleeve)!


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