The 30th broadcast of the
Bob Dylan Birthday Marathon
2 S E R 1 0 7 . 3
Saturday 23rd May 8pm till 4.00am
“Shadows In The Basement”
On 15th March 1962 Columbia Records released the first album of a “bright new face in folk music” – Bob Dylan. A half century later and the hillbilly kid from Minnesota is a legend around the world, his shelves groaning with awards and his work discussed in the halls of Academe.
For the last 30 years 2SER’s Bob Dylan Birthday Marathon has been celebrating the “Picasso of Rock”’s birthday with news, reviews, interviews, the Dylan Quiz – and all the Bobsongs that fit. We will be featuring Bob’s latest Bootleg Series release The Basement Tapes Complete, unreleased songs, outtakes and alternate versions from what is now known to be Bob‘s most prolific year of song writing, 1967. The joyous sounds from the basement of “Big Pink” are relished for their spontaneity inventiveness and rough hewn energy and reveal Bob’s deep commitment to the sometimes bizarre world of traditional and folk song. These were the roots of the Americana movement that would later blur distinctions between folk, country, pop and rock.
We also have Shadows In The Night, Bob’s tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Great American Songbook. Who’d have thought we would get to hear Bob’s growly croon of Some Enchanted Evening? This late career surprise has been acclaimed around the world as “uncovering” some of Old Blue Eye’s more interesting songs. As ever there will be a menagerie of live versions, soundtrack contributions, rare tracks and snippets from his years as the sagacious DJ of early to mid 20th century popular music.
So for 8 hours and over 5 decades of Bobcat Heaven tune into 2SER and throw a party to celebrate the birthday of His Bobness. Saturday 23rd May 8pm to 4am.