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“What is Bob Dylan?” That’s the fundamental question behind this new podcast, which explores the work and career of Bob Dylan in a series written and produced by Michael Hacker. The first season is a projected 12 episodes covering from Dylan’s roots in Minnesota up to his 1997 release, Time Out Of Mind. With literally hundreds of books already written about Dylan, along with countless documentaries, radio shows and articles devoted to his life and music, one might ask if there’s a need for anything else about the man. A BOB DYLAN PRIMER is an attempt to cut through the enormous mass of material already produced, to create something simple and enjoyable, yet with journalistic accuracy and a depth of insight that can engage both the brand-new fan and the wizened Dylanologist, as well as anyone in-between. Drawing on a lifetime spent listening to and studying Dylan’s music and career, A BOB DYLAN PRIMER is unabashed in its appreciation for the magnitude and amplitude of Dylan’s achievements. Still, every observation is filtered through a freshly polished and contemporary lens, examining the varied path of Dylan’s work with a deep historical perspective and a heavy shot of humor.

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    • 4.8 • 124 Ratings

“What is Bob Dylan?” That’s the fundamental question behind this new podcast, which explores the work and career of Bob Dylan in a series written and produced by Michael Hacker. The first season is a projected 12 episodes covering from Dylan’s roots in Minnesota up to his 1997 release, Time Out Of Mind. With literally hundreds of books already written about Dylan, along with countless documentaries, radio shows and articles devoted to his life and music, one might ask if there’s a need for anything else about the man. A BOB DYLAN PRIMER is an attempt to cut through the enormous mass of material already produced, to create something simple and enjoyable, yet with journalistic accuracy and a depth of insight that can engage both the brand-new fan and the wizened Dylanologist, as well as anyone in-between. Drawing on a lifetime spent listening to and studying Dylan’s music and career, A BOB DYLAN PRIMER is unabashed in its appreciation for the magnitude and amplitude of Dylan’s achievements. Still, every observation is filtered through a freshly polished and contemporary lens, examining the varied path of Dylan’s work with a deep historical perspective and a heavy shot of humor.

    A Thousand Miles From Home

    A Thousand Miles From Home

    Before television, a boy was born in springtime Minnesota. 25 years later he was the most beloved, and most reviled – pop star on the planet.



     

    Episode links:

    Greenwich Village Folk Riot – 1961

    Greenwich Village During the Beat-Nik Era Folkies

    Kingston Trio – Tom Dooley – 1958

    Bob Dylan – Remember Me – East Orange, NJ – 1961

    Dylan – First recorded concert – May 6, 1961

    Bob Dylan on Oscar Brand Radio Show – November 1961

     

    • 19 min
    The Voice of a Generation

    The Voice of a Generation

    Once, a single song could change the world. In 1963, a 22-year-old kid wrote a song called Blowin’ In The Wind … and it changed the world.



     

    Episode links:

    Dylan – Talkin’ John Birch (banned by Ed Sullivan Show)

    Bob Dylan – North Country Blues (Newport Folk Festival 1963)

    Dylan on Canadian TV – Hard Rain’s A-Gonna-Fall

    Dylan at Newport – Mr. Tambourine Man – 1964

    Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind – TV – 1963

     

    • 20 min
    The First Rock Star

    The First Rock Star

    What does it mean to be a “rock star?” Attitude? Swagger? Shades? Can a folk singer turn into a rock star? Let’s find out –



     

    Episode links:

    Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice – England 1965

    Bob Dylan – Live at BBC Studios – 1965

    Dylan Goes Electric – Newport – July 1965

    • 19 min
    1966, I Don’t Believe You

    1966, I Don’t Believe You

    Imagine you’ve bought a ticket to see your favorite artist in concert. Imagine then that you’re horrified at what that artist plays – would you consider them a traitor? Would you call them Judas?



     

    Episode links:

    Live Just Like A Woman – 1966

    Background on 1966 Recordings

    Bob Dylan & The Band – Down In The Flood Part 2

    Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone – Newcastle 1966

    • 27 min
    Basement Medicine

    Basement Medicine

    “Live fast, die young” is the mantra of many a dead rock star – but what happens if you live fast, and survive? Maybe that’s the toughest test of all.

    • 20 min
    Country Pie

    Country Pie

    In 1969, America is coming apart at the seams. Rock music is exploding into densely complex forms. Bob Dylan releases an album of pure … country music



     

    Episode links:

    Dylan and Johnny Cash – Girl From The North Country

    Dylan and Johnny Cash – Studio One Too Many Mornings

    Isle of Wight 1969

    Silent clip of Dylan at Isle of Wight

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

ponchobear ,

A Bob Dylan Primer

What is Bob Dylan? If you are a Dylan nut like me or just just interested in Bob Dylan for what ever reason. This Podcast is a must listen. Michael has a very different look at the career of Dylan than anything I have come across in years. Like Michael, I stumbled onto Dylan in the early 70’s. Although I actually had heard more Dylan than I thought at the time. Yes I missed the very early Dylan but my than Girlfriend’s Uncle who was just a little older than I was at the time took me onto a very deep dive into Dylan’s work. I was hooked to say the least. This Series of Podcast cast takes you into a History if I may into Dylan. I have been listening for days and hopefully there is more to come. Great work Michael!

zpic ,

Yay great podcast

From my first concert in 1965 at 16 to seeing him over the years and awaiting a new show next month - I am listening to everything I can find
This is wonderful… thank you so so much !
Obviously I know and appreciate the man a lot !

kbayline ,

Epiphany

Both a pr-eye-mer and a primer, this series came at a most unique time in history-dedicated to an impossibly unique artist, laureate and entertainer that voices a love, a respect and an awe of the talent of an individual that himself has expressed he is no different than you or I. Thank you Michael & Associates

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