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19 June, 2018
I’d like to say a big thank you on behalf of the family to all those who were able to attend John Baldwin’s funeral last Friday. It was an extremely sad occasion, but also a fantastic celebration of John’s remarkable life. A great band, Simply Dylan, kept everyone entertained.
A further new date has been added to the July-August Far East tour. Originally due to begin in Japan on July 29 at the Fuji Rock Festival, the new date means that the tour is now scheduled to start on July 27 when Bob will play the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea. I mentioned the possibility of this show taking place in my Blog of May 14. It seems it has taken five weeks to come together! Tickets for this concert go on sale on June 26.
My book, “Too Much of Nothing”, will be slightly delayed. The text was delivered to my publisher some time ago but fine tuning to the index pages and changes to the photo spread (my fault) will probably now result in the finished product arriving with us in early-mid July. I’ll also need a few days after this to sign copies for ISIS customers!
The Stephen Scobie collection, “Always Other Voices”, has literally just arrived and will be winging its way to customers in the next few days.
Our regular “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” page has been updated today with some interesting items, a number of which we have not sold before.
Please note that we will be taking our annual holiday from Saturday June 23 and therefore the last day for us to post out items bought from our online store will be Friday June 22. Our office will re-open on Monday July 9.
Due to this break away, there will be no new items added to our “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” page over the next two Tuesdays (June 26 and July 3). After today, our next “Pre-Owned” store update will be Tuesday July 10.
14 June, 2018
We have yet another new page on the ISIS website; this one features the screen printed posters of renowned contemporary music and gig poster artist, Zeb Love.
These Dylan posters, which have been commissioned by The Flood Gallery, London, are available in seven variants with a total run of only 250. The ‘Regular’ (5-Colour) poster is made in a Limited Edition of 90, while a variant on Gold Foil (6-Colour) is limited of just ten.
These posters will be launched by The Flood Gallery on Friday, June 15 at 4pm. The gallery has, however, allowed ISIS to offer these 24 hours before the official pre order date. This will give ISIS customers the first chance of securing posters from the very limited editions.
A collectors item for the future, all posters are hand signed and numbered by the artist.
Visit the new Posters section here
12 June, 2018
We have a new page on the ISIS website. Since beginning our Pre-Owned (Second Hand Store) we have bought-in several Dylan collections containing back issue of ISIS and have eventually found the time to list all of these! In total, there are 44 issues that were previously out of stock. Those subscribers who have issues missing from their ISIS collections will hopefully now be able to fill those gaps with used magazines at a relatively inexpensive price.
These used magazines are Sold Out in our “Back Issues” section. Stock of the used mags is very limited and in some cases only single issues are available. These magazines will vary in condition, but all copies are Very Good or better. To see which issues are available please visit out Pre-Owned ISIS page.
Our regular “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” page has also been updated today. Amongst other items, this week has something of a Traveling Wilburys theme.
Please note that we’ll be out of the office on Friday to attend John Baldwin’s funeral.
10 June, 2018
The Funeral of John Baldwin
Important Road Closure Notice
For anyone using the A1 (M) please follow the instructions below. Be aware that a section of the A602 is closed and your sat nav will try to take down this closed road.
Leave the A1 (M) at junction 7 and join the A602 towards Stevenage. From this point ignore your sat nav.
Go straight over the first roundabout
At the second roundabout turn right at Monkswood Way (go past the football ground on the left)
At the next roundabout turn / keep left (go past a big Tesco store)
At the next roundabout take the second exit on to the B197 heading toward Knebworth
Keep going for quite a while until you reach Knebworth Village and then
At a mini-roundabout turn left into Watton Rd. Continue along this road over speed bumps and it becomes a country lane, Harwood Park Crematorium is on the right.
Flowers / Donations: A number of people have asked about sending flowers to John’s funeral. The family have requested family flowers only. Contributions to good causes are preferred.
You can make your donations here by entering John Baldwin in the Name section.
05 June, 2018
John Baldwin’s Funeral: It would be very helpful if those intending to attend John’s funeral, but have not yet replied to the family, could do so as soon as possible, preferably by Wednesday June 6th.
Replies to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flowers: A number of people have asked about sending flowers to John’s funeral. The family have requested family flowers only. Contributions to good causes are preferred and details about this will follow shortly.
For further information regarding John’s funeral please see my June 2 blog below.
All information / updates regarding the funeral will be posted on our website.
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To celebrate Bob Dylan’s upcoming appearance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival (July 29), Sony Music Japan is releasing “Bob Dylan Live: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collection”. Limited to Japan only, this 2CD release features tracks from 1962 to 1966. The release date is July 18, 2018.
- Blowin’ in the Wind (Gerdes Folk City – April 16, 1962)
- Corinna, Corrina (Gerdes Folk City – April 16, 1962)
- John Brown (New York Town Hall – April 12, 1963)
- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (New York Town Hall – April 12, 1963)
- Bob Dylan’s Dream (New York Town Hall – April 12, 1963)
- Seven Curses (New York Town Hall – April 12, 1963)
- Boots of Spanish Leather (New York Town Hall – April 12, 1963)
- Masters of War (Carnegie Hall – October 26, 1963)
- The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (Carnegie Hall – October 26, 1963)
- When the Ship Comes In (March on Washington – August 28, 1963)
- The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Royal Festival Hall – May 17, 1964)
- Girl From the North Country (Royal Festival Hall – May 17, 1964)
- Mr. Tambourine Man (Royal Festival Hall – May 17, 1964)
- It Ain’t Me, Babe (Royal Festival Hall – May 17, 1964)
- To Ramona (Newport Folk Festival – July 26, 1964)
- Chimes of Freedom (Royal Festival Hall – May 17, 1964)
Disc 2: 1965-1966
- One Too Many Mornings (BBC TV – June 1, 1965)
- It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (City Hall, Sheffield, England – April 30, 1965)**
- Love Minus Zero/No Limit (Liverpool Odeon, England – May 1, 1965)
- Gates of Eden (Manchester Free Trade Hall, England – May 7, 1965)
- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Liverpool Odeon, England – May 1, 1965)
- She Belongs to Me (Royal Albert Hall, London, England – May 10, 1965)
- Maggie’s Farm (Hollywood Bowl – September 3, 1965)
- It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Newport Folk Festival – July 25, 1965)
- Desolation Row (Sydney Stadium, Australia – 13, 1966)
- Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales – May 11, 1966)
- I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales – May 11, 1966)
- Ballad of a Thin Man (Odeon Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland – May 20, 1966)
- Visions of Johanna (ABC, Belfast, N. Ireland – May 6, 1966)
- Like a Rolling Stone (Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England – May 17, 1966)
*Note: The dates and venues above should be correct, but in my defence, I have prepared this very quickly.
** ‘It’s All Right Ma’(I’m Only Bleeding)’: Will this be from Sheffield or Newcastle!?
The Rolling Stones played the Coventry Ricoh Arena (home of the cuckoo’s rugby team [private joke]), about a mile from my home on Saturday June 2. I’m told the 6th song of their set was ‘Like a Rolling Stone’.
Our “Sale Bin” now contains more than 30 items reduced in price. All these are Brand New stock items.
Our “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” page has been updated today (1pm). The demand for fanzines was such last week – they sold out in a couple of hours – we have opted for another mostly fanzine special.
02 June, 2018
We have the extremely sad task of bringing the news to you all that John Baldwin (Desolation Row information service) has passed away. His family has asked that we pass on the following message.
Derek & Tracy Barker.
We are sad to have to announce that John Baldwin, lifelong Dylan fan and provider of the Desolation Row information service, Dignity fanzine and organiser of the Dylan ticket allocation, passed away on 29th May after a short battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his family and our love.
Knowing how important Dylan and his community of fans were to John, we’d like to extend an invitation to join the funeral service on Friday 15th June at Harwood Park Crematorium.
There will be an informal celebration of John’s life at a nearby venue (details to follow) where we would ask you to raise a toast to John (his favourite tipple was Pernod).
Please let us know of your attendance by replying to, email@example.com by the 6th June at the latest.
For the sake of privacy at this sad time, we would ask that contact be made by email, not phone.
Date and Venue
Friday 15th June 11.45 – Harwood Park Crematorium, Watton Rd, Datchworth, SG2 8XT
Traditional funeral wear, although Dylan related attire is more than welcome!
John’s wife, Jane and his children, Tom and Mary-Anne
29 May, 2018
Not too much to report this week. Hopefully the latest issue of ISIS (#197) has now arrived with subscribers in the UK and Europe and will make it further afield very soon.
Since my Blog last week, a second show has been announced in Melbourne, Australia. The four day gap in the tour schedule always indicated that more shows were to come. The second Melbourne concert, for which tickets are already on sale, will take place on August 14. As with the first date, the venue is Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne & Olympic Parks.
For those who are interested in getting an author signed copy of my upcoming book, well over half of the 200 allocated copies have already been sold.
I was chatting with Andy Muir the other day about my new book, “Too Much Of Nothing”, when Andy let slip that his next book, to be called “In The True Performing Of It: William Shakespeare and Bob Dylan”, is approaching its final stage. The book will trace the connections and parallels between the two men’s careers and works and is set to be close to 150,000 words. Andy tells me he’s made some great and unexpected discoveries. ISIS will of course stock this item and we should be able to arrange author signed copies for our customers. Publication date and price is not yet known but we’ll keep you in touch as things progress.
Our “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” page has been updated today. Although there is a mix of items, today is a bit of a fanzine special.
22 May, 2018
A show has just been announced for Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The concert will take place at WinStar World Casino and Resort where Dylan will play the Global Event Center stage. Tickets for this concert will go on sale Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Global Event Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com. Bob last played this venue on May 2, 2015.
The 1965 Fender Telecaster guitar played by Bob Dylan o n his first electric tour has been sold at auction for $490,000. The guitar, which at the time was black, was owned by Robbie Robertson.
Dylan used the Tele during the recording of “Blonde On Blonde” and it was later used by Robertson during much of his time with The Band, including him playing it during the recording of “Music From Big Pink and “The Band” (Brown Album). Over the years the Telecaster has gone through a plethora of changes having been stripped of its original black finish, being re-routed to accommodate a humbucker pickup in the neck position and being fitted with a Bigsby tremolo arm. In fact, there’s not much of the original guitar left!
There is talk that there will be an official Vinyl release of The Gaslight Tapes.
Hopefully you remembered from last week’s blog that our “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” page is now being updated at 1pm every Tuesday.
14 May, 2018
I wrote in ISIS 196, early March 2018, that Dylan’s people were talking with promoters regarding possible shows in Australia and New Zealand and also confirmed my suspicions in this blog, March 26. Things then went very quiet. At the time, I thought the tour would be in September but it appears now to have been brought forward a few weeks to fit in with the Japanese Fuji Rock Festival. This re-think of the timing probably accounts for the delay in announcing this tour.
July 29 Yuzawa-cho, Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival ’18 – Naeba Ski Resort
August 4 Hong Kong – Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
August 6 Singapore – The Star Theatre
August 8 Perth Australia – Perth Arena
August 11 Adelaide, Australia – Botanic Park
August 13 Melbourne, Australia – Margaret Court Arena
August 18 Sydney, Australia – ICC Sydney Theatre
August 20 Wollongong, Australia – WIN Entertainment Centre
August 22 Newcastle, Australia – Newcastle Entertainment Centre
August 24 Brisbane, Australia – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
August 26 Auckland, New Zealand – Spark Arena
August 28 Christchurch, New Zealand – Horncastle Arena
Further dates are likely to be announced.
As has been the case for many years Chugg Ent is promoting the Australian and New Zealand dates and ticket information can be found here: https://www.chuggentertainment.com/tours/bob-dylan-2018/
Extra dates may be added in Australia and as mentioned in my pervious blog below, Seoul and Taipei are possibilities…
Our “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” page will be updated at 1pm today (Monday) with more Dylan goodies and collectables.
The Day’s They Are A-Changin’
Please Note: From next week forward we will be changing the day for adding items to our “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store”. Monday is often a Bank Holiday in the UK and as a result of this we have not been adding new items on these Monday’s. From next week therefore, updates to our popular Pre-Owned page will be every TUESDAY at the usual time of 1pm UK time.
10 May, 2018
The latest ISIS magazine went to our printer on Tuesday this week which was of course the cue for tour dates to begin to arrive!
To coincide with the long announced Japanese festival, Fuji Rock, which Dylan is scheduled to play on Sunday July 29, dates are now emerging in Hong Kong and Singapore with talk of further shows in Seoul (Korea) and Taipei (Taiwan).
Bob will play the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre near Hong Kong’s Central Plaza on August 4, seven years after his last appearance in the city. Tickets go on sale on May 14 via HK Ticketing. Ticket prices will be HK$388 to HK$1,288.
Dylan is also set to return to Singapore at the 5,000-seat Star Theatre on Monday, August 6. Tickets will be available via APACTix on May 14 at 10am. Prices are SGD128, 188 and 248. Purchases can also be made through SingPost outlets and hotline +65 3158 8588.
Dylan last performed in Singapore in 2011 at the Timbre Rock & Roots music festival. Prior to that, he played his first ever concert in Singapore in 1994 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
30 April, 2018
A note from John Baldwin regarding Desolation Row information Service. John is currently not able to access a computer so all Desolation Row email updates will be suspended until further notice.
I wrote in last week’s blog that we had more information on the delayed book, “Bob Dylan: I Was There.” Well, that information has changed yet again. The new book will, as stated last week, now run from 1958 through to 1979. In other words it will now take in Dylan finding Jesus. The title of the book will now be “Bob Dylan: The Day I Was There.” There is also a new publisher, This Day In Music Books. The ‘firm’ publication that we gave last week remains unchanged … May 24, 2018. Although the publisher, title, ISBN and cover are now all new, ISIS magazine will be honouring all prices and customers who have ordered the original book will automatically receive the new expanded version.
As mentioned last week, we are working hard to get the next issue of ISIS, #197, to the printer as soon as possible. It made sense to wait until the European tour was over before attempting to put this issue to bed.
Finally, as is usual on Monday’s, our “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” page will be updated at 1pm today with more Dylan goodies and collectables. Please note that there will be no update next week as it is a Bank Holiday.
16 April, 2018
Bob Dylan has recorded a song for a compilation of same-sex wedding anthems. The song, ‘She’s Funny That Way’, was originally a hit for Gene Austin in 1929 and later performed by Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. As is the case with the female artists who have previously recorded the song, including Etta James and Billie Holiday, Dylan has altered the lyrics to sing, “He’s Funny That Way” instead. Dylan recorded the song for inclusion on a six-song EP entitled, “Universal Love”. The track is available for download and the EP, released by Sony Music Entertainment Legacy Recordings, will be available in store for Record Store Day. Speaking about Dylan’s contribution, producer Rob Kaplan told The New York Times: “It wasn’t just ‘Yes, I’ll do this’. It was ‘Hey, I have an idea for a song’.”
One rather bizarre piece of news that recently caught my eye was that 50 room doors from New York’s iconic Chelsea Hotel have been sold at auction. The hotel, built in the 1880s, was a long-term residence for many singers, writers and bohemians. Doors to rooms occupied by Madonna and Jimi Hendrix went for just $13,000 while the door to a room used by Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol sold for $52,500. The door from the apartment used by Janis Joplin and Leonard Cohen during an affair, as well as the singer Joni Mitchell, fetched $85,000. I guess you all where this one is going. At $100,000 (£70,000), Dylan’s room door commanded the biggest price at auction.
At last we have more information on the delayed book, “Bob Dylan: I Was There 1958-1979”. For starters, as the amended title suggests, the book has now been expanded to include an extra 10 years; the original work being intended to finish in 1969. We also now have what should be a firm date for release … May 24, 2018.
Two new upcoming titles have also just been announced: Published June 2018, “Always Other Voices: Writings on Bob Dylan in the 21st century”, is a 214 page book by Stephen Scobie that brings together various articles produced in the 21st Century. These are from a variety of sources, and were initially addressed to different audiences.
Available June 2018, “Down A Dirty Road: Bob Dylan’s Concerts 2017” is the latest in the long-running series of Bob Dylan tour books from by Mike Wyvill & John Wraith. The book features complete track listings of every 2017 show and is illustrated with photos, tickets and more.
Although we are still a little way off finishing (in fact we’ll wait until the current tour is over) we are well on the way with work on the next issue of ISIS magazine. This one is shaping up to be a practically interesting issue. If anyone out there hasn’t yet renewed their subscription for 2018, now is the time to do so.
Finally, as is usual on Monday’s, our “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” page has been updated today with more Dylan goodies and collectables.
26 March 2018
Bob Dylan’s 26-date European tour got underway in Lisbon on Thursday March 22. Many people will I’m sure be pleased to see that at long last there has been a huge reduction in the Great American Songbook numbers. The only song that remained in the set on the opening night was ‘Why Try to Change Me Now?’. The three songs that were reintroduced to the set to replace the missing Songbook numbers were, ‘Simple Twist of Fate’ (last played, June 17, 2017) and ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’, which were both last performed on July 25, 2017. The songs that are out of the set from the end of the previous tour are ‘Melancholy Mood’, ‘Full Moon and Empty Arms’ and ‘Autumn Leaves’. Apart from “Why Try to Change Me Now?’, Dylan spent the entire Lisbon set behind the keyboard. Bob’s centre stage performances have been great in recent times, in fact, more often than not the highlights of the shows could be found there so what we may have gained from moving back to a more ‘Bob’ oriented show we may have lost by having him stuck behind the keyboard.
Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal, March 22, 2018
- Things Have Changed (Bob at Piano)
- It Ain’t Me, Babe (Bob at Piano)
- Highway 61 Revisited (Bob at Piano)
- Simple Twist of Fate (Bob at Piano)
- Summer Days (Bob at Piano)
- Make You Feel My Love (Bob at Piano)
- Honest With Me (Bob at Piano)
- Tryin’ To Get To Heaven (Bob at Piano)
- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Bob at Piano)
- Pay In Blood (Bob at Piano)
- Tangled Up In Blue (Bob at Piano)
- Soon After Midnight (Bob at Piano)
- Early Roman Kings (Bob at Piano)
- Desolation Row (Bob at Piano)
- Spirit on the Water (Bob at Piano)
- Thunder on the Mountain (Bob at Piano)
- Why Try To Change Me Now (Bob vocal centre stage)
- Love Sick (Bob at Piano)
- Blowin’ In The Wind (Bob at Piano)
- Ballad of a Thin Man (Bob at Piano)
The second night of the tour in Salamanca, Spain saw just one change to the set from the opening show, with ‘Don’t Think Twice’ being replaced by the Tony Bennett song ‘Once Upon a Time’. A Strouse / Adams composition, Bob performed this number as a one-off for the 2016 Tony Bennett celebration. Recorded at the WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama, the song was broadcast on December 20, 2016 in the NBC special, “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come”. That’s the story so far, let’s see what happens tonight in Madrid.
Rumoured for a little while, Bob’s appearance at the Fuji Rock Festival is now confirmed. The Festival runs for three days (July 27-29) and as yet the exact date for Bob’s performance has not been confirmed but is rumoured for Sunday July 29. The festival will be staged at Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Pref., Japan. If everything comes together, including favourable exchange rates, the festival could coincide with dates in Australia as recently mentioned in ISIS issue, 197.
Winston Watson recently posted on Facebook:- “My best friend, brother, and confidant left this world, last night. I am crushed. Gonzalo “Chalo” Charlie Quintana wasn’t perfect (none of us are) but he played drums like I wanted to play them and his heart was as big as the world. Tell your loved ones that you love them. Now. Today. RIP, Brother. Now, it is quiet. Now, you may rest”.
Best known as a founding member of the band The Plugz, and as the drummer for the punk rock band Social Distortion, Quintana drummed in Dylan’s backing band between April and September 1992. He played in 44 shows. Quintana died of a heart attack on March 12, 2018. He was 56 years old.
Thanks to Michael Gray for calling to say that Aidan Day has passed away. Aidan, who had been suffering from vascular dementia for quite some time, died at his home in Epsom on the night of Monday March 12. He will be cremated in Leatherhead on April 13. Day had written a number of books including works about Tennyson and Romanticism. His Dylan title, “Jokerman: Reading the Lyrics of Bob Dylan”, was published July 1988.
A quick note for those who have ordered the Neil Cossar book, “Bob Dylan: I Was There 1958-1969”. As you may have gathered, this title is continuing to suffer from delays. We are continually chasing this book with the publisher and it will be dispatch by us as soon as it becomes available, hopefully in the next few weeks.
As is usual on Monday’s, our “Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store” has been updated today with more Dylan goodies and collectables. Next Monday is a Bank Holliday in the UK and also elsewhere so we are taking a week off but we will be back in business the following Monday, April 9.
Finally, I’m pleased to say that plans are coming together very nicely for articles and items for inclusion in ISIS during this new subscription year. I’m delighted to say that Zac Dadic is working on an exciting three-part article looking in depth at Dylan’s visit to Australia in 1978. I’m sure readers will remember Zac’s fantastic series of groundbreaking articles concerning Dylan’s visit to Australia in 1966. We are always looking for articles and photos for publication in ISIS so if anyone any ideas for contributions please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
23 March 2018
Last night’s Set List
March 22, 2018, Altice Arena – Lisbon, Portugal
Things Have Changed
It Ain’t Me, Babe
Highway 61 Revisited
A Simple Twist Of Fate
Make You Feel My Love
Honest With Me
Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Allright
Pay In Blood
Tangled Up In Blue
Soon After Midnight
Early Roman Kings
Spirit on the Water
Thunder On The Mountain
Why Try To Change Me Now?
Blowin’ In The Wind
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Jimmy Fallon Tells Trump the Times Are a-Changin’
The Tonight Show host followed the Super Bowl with a Bob Dylan rewrite touching on #MeToo, fake news, and Colin Kaepernick.
29 January, 2018
We are delighted to say that “Bob Dylan & The Fifth Day of May” is back from the printer and after spending a great day with John Baldwin and Jane on Saturday the books are now signed and ready for mailing later today (Monday 29). Demand has been such that we have upped the number of signed copies to 150 but even so only a handful remain unsold. Of course, when these are gone unsigned copies will be available. We are thrilled to have this book as yet another ISIS Magazine exclusive. As well as being an exhaustive examination of one of Bob Dylan’s most enigmatic songs, ‘Isis’, John also briefly looks at the Egyptian influence in another “Desire” song, ‘Oh Sister’, and a “Desire” session out-take, ‘Golden Loom’.
“Bob Dylan & The Fifth Day of May” is 180-page softback.
“Bob Dylan: I Was There” will now be published week ending February 9.
After taking a break over Christmas and New Year we will recommence adding new items to our Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store on Monday, February 12.