A Bob Dylan Primer

A Bob Dylan Primer

A podcast by Michael Hacker

All Episodes

As we say fare thee well, Dylan drops his best music in years Episode links: Spotify playlist for A Bob Dylan Primer Episode 15 Dylan – Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech Bob Dylan speech at the 2016...

Jun 2020

39 min 44 sec

40 years after showing up in New York, Dylan propels himself headfirst into the 21st century with a quartet of ferociously strong albums and a sweet book that tells more than the most telling tell-all....

May 2020

35 min 37 sec

Never a dull moment for Mr. D, he contracts a serious infection of the heart, sings for the Pope, and releases his strongest album in 20 years.   Episode links: Not Dark Yet – Dylan...

Mar 2020

31 min 16 sec

Dylan somehow stops his creative slide at the end of the 1980s and turns it all around, again. Episode links: Dylan Live (TV Broadcast) – 1993 – Hard Times Dylan – Live in Paris –...

Feb 2020

26 min 2 sec

Few who lived through the nineteen-eighties would claim the decade as their greatest era. Dylan is no exception. Episode links: Dylan 2019 – Girl From The North Country (partial) Dylan 2019 – When I Paint...

Jan 2020

33 min 26 sec

Twenty years into his career, Bob Dylan unleashes his most shocking transformation …and finds religion. Episode links: Bob Dylan – June 1978 Live – Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan – Pressing On Bob Dylan...

Oct 2019

27 min 40 sec

It seemed like Bob Dylan was finished. Then he emerged with what many consider the strongest album of his long career.   Episode links: Tangled Up in Blue – Rolling Thunder 1975 Bob Dylan 1974...

Sep 2019

31 min 8 sec

Would you believe Dylan almost became a movie director? A slight detour from the chronology as we take a look at Bob Dylan, filmmaker. Hear all about it in Episode 8, The Movie’ll Be Like...

Jul 2019

28 min 56 sec

The sixties are ending, long live the sixties. How does the single most iconic performer leave the decade that defined him and move in the 1970s? Find out in Episode 7 of A Bob Dylan...

Jun 2019

23 min 58 sec

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 –...

Apr 2019

21 min 8 sec

“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.

Apr 2019

20 min 12 sec

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?  ...

Feb 2019

27 min 8 sec

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 –...

Jan 2019

19 min 39 sec

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...

Jan 2019

19 min 38 sec

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...

Dec 2018

19 min 58 sec

A short intro about what is happening with this series of broadcasts – launching in January 2019. It’s rolling, Bob.

Dec 2018

4 min 21 sec