WUMB August Program Guide

Dylan Dylan Dylan

The late 60’s and early 70’s proved to be a fascinating time for the music of Bob Dylan.  After releasing the masterpieces in the 60’s, Dylan dropped one that still has people scratching their head…the sometimes entertaining, sometimes confusing Self Portrait. Some critics think it’s a direct effort to turn his audience off, while others cast it off as Dylan not even trying.  It was a double album filled with obscure Basement Tapes material, Pop covers and some traditional material.  Go back for yourself and give it a listen…see if you can really understand what it really was Dylan was doing (good luck, you’ll need it).  When the news broke that Dylan was releasing a new installment in the infamous Bootleg Series called Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10…I’ll be honest, I really had NO idea what to think.  As it turns out, the album is pretty great.  Dylan combed through the catalog of the folk, blues, and country tunes that got him started in music.  There’s some great takes on traditional songs like “Pretty Saro”, “Spanish Is The Loving Tongue” and “Railroad Bill”.  There’s also some brilliant covers like “Thirsty Boots” from Eric Andersen and “These Hands” from Eddie Noack.  So, we’ll be playing some of these tracks on the air…give them a listen and see what you think.  Then ask yourself “why did Dylan record all this material, in this way, and then end up actually releasing something entirely different in Self Portrait?  Why?  Because he’s Bob…

-Jay Moberg
WUMB Music Director

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