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Monday, September 22, 2008

'MISSISSIPPI' DOWNLOAD TODAY ONLY...

The Guardian website is offering a free download of one of the "new" versions of 'Mississippi' - but apparently only today. It's here . You have to tell them your e-mail address, name and country of residence before they let you go to the download button, but still. It's the stripped-down version from the Time Out Of Mind sessions, and rather good. But nothing like as heartfelt as the magisterial "Love And Theft" performance.

And just in case anyone missed it, here is the charming promo video of 'Dreamin Of You' - in which Harry Dean Stanton is filmed so that he appears to be two almost opposite figures at once. He's both a big Dylan fan and collector (as someone asked me, do real bootleg videos become official if they feature in an official promo? ...) and yet also, as it were, Dylan himself - all scrawny and forlorn, wizened and circumspect, trailing around a dilapidated America.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Tale said...

Cool! Thanks for sharing the link. :-)

8:53 pm  
Blogger mike said...

Hi: Just wanted to leave a quick note and tell you how much I admire "Song and Dance Man III". Absolutely brilliant! When can we expect part 4? Bring it on! :)
Take care. Mike

10:58 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Thanks, I appreciate your comments, but there will never be a SONG & DANCE MAN IV... I've always said that III was the third and final edition. It's been a huge undertaking, stretching over decades, and it has taken up enough of my one all-too-short lifetime. Bob Dylan clearly assumes from comments he's made that people like me who write about him at enormous length do not actually have a life of their own - but I do, and his work is not the only thing that calls to me in this world. All the same, I've no regrets about having written SONG & DANCE MAN I, II or III.

5:07 pm  

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