Another Dylan List


When "Judas" went electric.


The seventieth birthday of Mr. Bob Dylan arrives on Tuesday. As a result I’ve curated a highly personal and therefore stringent playlist of his music. Tragically, since Bob Dylan (or rather Sony BMG) hates profitless promotion on the Internet; Youtube, Spotify and Soundcloud links are all impossibly scarce or immediately deleted.

BBC4 and BBC6 Music have been airing Dylan based documentaries and features all week, the majority of which can be caught on iPlayer right now if you click here. Also if you haven’t watched this exploration of inarticulate artists, please do so below:


  1. I Was Young When I Left Home [1961] (Minnesota Hotel Tape) The “No Direction Home hidden gem” one.
  2. A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall [1963] (The Witmark Demos Version) The “question n’ answer in the form of a list” one.
  3. I Shall Be Free [1963] The “new boy on the block and he don’t give a damn” one.
  4. Girl From The North Country (CBC in Toronto in 1963 Live Verson) The “I’m now going to strictly rehearse fingerpicking” one.
  5. Boots of Spanish Leather [1964] (Martin Simpson Cover from A Nod To Bob) The “Girl From The North Country” one.
  6. It Ain’t Me Babe [1964] The “Johnny Cash” one.
  7. Like A Rolling Stone [1965] The “double-drum crack is the sound of someone kicking open the door to your mind” one.
  8. Subterranean Homesick Blues [1965] The “learn all the words only to forget them, again” one.
  9. Positively 4th Street [1965] The “remains catchy without a recognisable or repeating refrain” one.
  10. Tombstone Blues [1965] The “sun’s not yellow it’s chicken” one.
  11. Buckets of Rain [1975] The “alternate tuning” one.
  12. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go [1975] The “exquisite rhyming scheme” one.
  13. Isis [1976] The “rhyming ‘ordinary’ with ‘necessary'” one.

-James Godwin, May 22nd, 2011

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