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Celebrating the work of Bob Dylan, one song at a time.

Pod Dyla‪n‬ The Freewheelin' Rob Kelly

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Celebrating the work of Bob Dylan, one song at a time.

    Pod Dylan - Interview with Terry Gans

    Pod Dylan - Interview with Terry Gans

    POD DYLAN - Interview with Terry Gans

    In this special episode, Rob chats with Terry Gans, author of the new book SURVIVING IN A RUTHLESS WORLD, about the recording of Bob Dylan's 1983 album INFIDELS.

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    • 53 min
    Pod Dylan #160 - 'Cross The Green Mountain

    Pod Dylan #160 - 'Cross The Green Mountain

    POD DYLAN

    Episode 160 - 'Cross The Green Mountain

    Rob welcomes back Bobcat Douglas LeRose to discuss "'Cross The Green Mountain", from the soundtrack to the 2002 film GODS AND GENERALS.

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    Complete list of all songs covered so far: http://fireandwaterpodcast.com/podcast/pod-dylan-the-songs

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    • 53 min
    Pod Dylan #159 - All The Tired Horses

    Pod Dylan #159 - All The Tired Horses

    POD DYLAN

    Episode 159 - All The Tired Horses

    Rob welcomes mezzo-soprano Amy Maude Helfer to discuss the inscrutable "All The Tired Horses", the opening track from 1970's SELF PORTRAIT.

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    • 43 min
    Pod Dylan #158 - John Brown

    Pod Dylan #158 - John Brown

    POD DYLAN

    Episode 158 - John Brown

    Rob welcomes fellow Bobcat Pete Bylone to discuss "John  Brown", first officially released on  1994's MTV UNPLUGGED.

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    • 50 min
    Pod Dylan #157 - My Own Version of You

    Pod Dylan #157 - My Own Version of You

    POD DYLAN

    Episode 157 - My Own Version of You

    Rob welcomes musician Jude Valentine to discuss "My Own Version of You", from 2020's ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS.

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    • 1 hr
    Pod Dylan #156 - Simple Twist of Fate

    Pod Dylan #156 - Simple Twist of Fate

    POD DYLAN

    Episode 156 - Simple Twist of Fate

    Rob welcomes music journalist Stephanie Hernandez to discuss "Simple Twist of Fate", the second track on 1975's BLOOD ON THE TRACKS.

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    Complete list of all songs covered so far: http://fireandwaterpodcast.com/podcast/pod-dylan-the-songs

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

Hard_Rain ,

Roadmap to The Soul

Dylan got me through 2020. Like a good friend, he’s always been there when I have needed him most. I first found Dylan during my awkward adolescence. Looking back nearly 20 years ago now, I can’t say for sure how I discovered him. He just seemed to appear like a family member who moved back into the home state. When I was 14, I thought Dylan’s career stopped in 1972. I knew he kept making music after the motorcycle accident. I counted “Hurricane” and “Idiot Wind” among my playlists. I even saw a bootlegged video from The Rolling Thunder Revue of Dylan in white face playing “Tangled Up and Blue” but I had no idea what to make of it. I figured he had gone on a safari and come back with songs of experience—Kurtz and Marlowe wrapped up in one song and dance man.

The greenhorn, wet-behind the ears, born last night thought the “real” Dylan reached his zenith with Blonde on Blonde. I fashioned myself on that man—the man of Einstein hairdo, brown tweed jacket and houndstooth scarf. I bought a Hohner harmonica, slicked back my hair, wrapped myself in a Carhartt jacket and wrote protest songs in my bedroom in the early winter twilight. I listened to “Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands” in six o’clock pitch black winter darkness. I didn’t know what it all meant, but the emotion was there, and I wanted to be there too. I pretended like it was 1966 even as we prepared our computers for Y2K.
I was hung up in the 60’s as a kid. Loved Hendrix, The Doors, Cream, CCR, and still do. Guess part of me couldn’t understand how Dylan could exist outside of that zeitgeist. “Our heroes have killed themselves or are killing themselves…” “You can almost see that high-water mark. That place where the wave finally broke, and rolled back.” If the trajectory of Dylan’s life adhered to the logic of that era, he would have died in his motorcycle crash and been lionized as “the voice of a generation”—one more Orpheus incarnate. By the grace of God the man defied the odds—lived and still lives.

So when I jumped on the comet this time around I found myself riding into the pitch black darkness of interstellar space. No knowledge of Blood on The Tracks as an album. No knowledge of the post 60’s bootlegs. Back in the day, I knew Dylan had gone Christian, but I also knew Cat Stevens had become a Muslim. I didn’t know what came out the other side. I remember my freshman English teacher mentioning that a Dylan song had been used in a Cadillac commercial circa 2001. I pretended not to hear him. THAT Dylan could not exist to me.

I was going to meet THAT Dylan but I needed some help. I started with tried and true Virgils—my Uncles, but I was far out, in a galaxy with no suns. In deep and desperate for more light. That’s when I turned to the podcasts.

Only one Dylan podcast enjoys the unique distinction of making the listener/fan the center of the show—Pod Dylan. People from all walks of life, from all over the world turn up on Pod Dylan. Professional music journalists, ex-marines, opera singers, teachers, working-class heroes of every stripe. The diversity of perspectives is unmatched. This is the best part of the show: learning how people from different backgrounds find their way to Dylan; the idiosyncrasies of their obsession; and the novelties of each individual's interpretations of the corpus.

The Freewheelin Rob Kelly is the right man for the job. RK has 20 Dylan shows under his belt, in addition to every album, bootleg, and book on Dylan. Rob has an encyclopedic knowledge of Zimmy and, I daresay, would give the patron Saint of Dylan—Clinton Heylin—a run for his money. “Hey, Rob, when is Heylin coming on the show anyways?” The great thing about Rob is that he lets the guests take the wheel and tear down whatever highways and byways come around the first bend. Rob’s there to keep the car on the road, he’s not backseat driving.

Thanks to Rob and his fellow Dylan podcasters, I’ve been able to make myself acquainted with those lost chapters, apocryphal books, blacked out windows, and silenced radios from Dylan’s career that eluded me in my youth. Back then, I begrudged Dylan for not staying a beatnik, psycho-blues troubadour for the remainder of his career. I was like the folkies yelling “Judas” in 66. I didn’t understand. The best thing about Dylan is that he never stops changing. “Make it new.”

I talked about myself a lot in this review, but that is because I think this show is ultimately more about the fans than about Dylan. It is about how fans make a culture out of the art of Dylan. Rob is peeling back the layers of the onion—one fan at time—showing how all the perspectives meld to make Dylan. For as much as Dylan makes us, we make Dylan. And I really think this is as true to the spirit of Bob’s work as a fan can be. I don’t Bob is interested in what people think about him or even what people think about his songs. I think he cares more about how music changes people's lives, reveals truths, creates possibilities, transfixes, possesses, inspires, heals, and transforms. Pod Dylan is an ongoing testimony of how Dylan’s songs are a catalyst of any and all of the above phenomena in the lives of listeners across the generations. Hats off to Rob Kelly for curating and archiving these chronicles that would otherwise be left behind at the counter of the all night diner, on the tailgate in the wee hours of the night, or under the street lamp turning off in the early hours of the morning.

One guest of the show remarked that “You learn how to live by listening to Dylan’s songs.” I know I have. I can’t think of a greater compliment to pay to any artist. And this is the essence of Pod Dylan. People recounting the significance of Bob’s songs in their lives. Bob’s asking the big questions: “Where have you been?” “Who did you meet” “What did you hear?”“What did you see?” “How does it feel?” “How many times?” Rob and company are coming up with the answers—one episode and one song at a time.

Bobcat Dylan ,

Great podcast

This is really good stuff. The passion of Rob and his guests is infectious. It’s also cool to realize that no, I’m not the only one to have a certain thought or feeling about a certain song.

AliG2323 ,

Very enjoyable

I don’t mind being stuck in traffic anymore. Thank you.

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