So Much Older Then

Bob Dylan 1964

 

by

 

Olof Björner

 

A summary of recording & concert activities,

releases, tapes & books.

 

 

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CONTENTS

 

1      INTRODUCTION

2      THE YEAR AT A GLANCE

3      CALENDAR

4      CONCERTS 1964

5      RECORDINGS 1964

6      ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN

7      SONGS 1964

8      SOURCES

9      SUGGESTED READINGS

9.1       General background

9.2       Books about 1964

9.3       Article compilations

9.4       Selected articles

 


1             INTRODUCTION

After two years of extensive song writing the pace slows down. More and more of Dylan's interest in writing shifts away from song lyrics first to poems, then to prose. In a number of interviews he talks about a novel and also about several plays. None of these have however seen the light of day. One recording session in June results in his fourth and last solo album, Another Side Of Bob Dylan.

 

2             THE YEAR AT A GLANCE

 

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3             CALENDAR

3 January

Release of The Times They Are A-Changin'

31 January

Helen McNamara interviews Dylan for The Toronto Telegram, while he is in Toronto for the filming of "Quest". Dylan mentions that he is currently working on both a novel and a play.

1 February

The recording of "Quest", a half hour TV program series from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

2 February

In an interview for the Canadian magazine "Gargoyle" Dylan again mentions the novel and the play. He keeps coming back to these topics in a number of interviews this year.

3-22 February

Dylan, Victor Maimudes, Pete Karman and Paul Clayton make a cross-country trip from New York to Los Angeles.

6 February

Dylan meets poet Carl Sandburg in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Like Robert Graves in England, Sandburg is polite but rather unimpressed by Dylan.

15 February

Dylan plays Chimes Of Freedom for the first time during a concert at the Denver Civic Auditorium Theater.

25 February

Steve Allen Show in Los Angeles.

March

Dylan is interviewed by Chris Well from Life.

7 March

Concert at Tufts University, Cousens Gym, Medford, Massachusetts

Mid March

Final break up with Suze Rotolo, later "documented" in his song Ballad In Plain D.

1 May

Dylan plays the Monterey Folk Festival

9 May

Dylan leaves for England, where he is to give a number of concerts and appear in TV shows.

12 May

Maureen Cleave interview for the Evening Standard.

12 May

TV program "Tonight".

17 May

Max Jones from Melody Maker interviews Dylan.

21 May –
Early June

Dylan arrives in Paris where he stays with the French singer Hughes Aufray. He also meets Nico, to whom he later donates his song I'll Keep It With Mine, which she includes on her first album.

9 June

In the only CBS recording session between October 1963 and January 1965 (!) Dylan records his last solo album, Another Side Of Bob Dylan.

16 June

Another interview by Nat Hentoff for The New Yorker.

Summer

Dylan works with a book together with Barry Fenstein.

 

The writing of eleven poems, five of which are published as liner notes on Another Side with the title Some Other Kind of Songs. All eleven are later published in Writings & Drawings and Lyrics 1962-1985.

 

Rumoured recording session with Joan Baez, including three duets: Mama You Been On My Mind, Costa Bravos and All I Really Wanna Do.

24-26 July

Newport Folk Festival. Dylan is the major performer on July 26th and he presents a new image to an audience of over fifteen thousand. His set contains no topical songs but his new All I Really Wanna Do, To Ramona, Mr. Tambourine Man and Chimes Of Freedom. For the encore he invites Joan Baez and they sing With God On Our Side Reviews are mainly unfavorable.

8 August

Release of Another Side Of Bob Dylan.

21 August

Dylan writes a parody of a letter from Joan Baez to her mother. It is included in her autobiography And a song to sing with.

28 August

First meeting between Dylan and The Beatles takes place at the Delmonico Hotel in New York.

4 September

Dylan is a guest of Joan Baez in Monterey, California.

10 October

Concert at Town Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

31 October

The "Halloween" concert in New York Philharmonic Hall. CBS is again taping for a possible live album. The concert programme contains Dylan's poem Advice To Geraldine On Her Miscellaneous Birthday included in Lyrics 1962-1985.

Early December

Bob Blackmar interviews Dylan on the University of Santa Barbara Campus and later broadcasting it on the local KCSB station.

 

 

4             CONCERTS 1964

 

Here’s an incomplete list of live appearances in 1964, J means that a recording has survived.

 

January

 

Zanesville, Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February

 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Taft Auditorium

 

 

7

Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University

 

 

12

Tongaloo, Mississippi

Tongaloo College

 

 

15

Denver, Colorado

Denver Civic Auditorium Theater

 

 

22

Berkeley, California

Berkeley Community Theater

 

 

 

Riverside, California

 

 

 

27

San Diego, California

Fox Theatre

 

 

29

Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

 

 

 

 

 

 

March

 

San Francisco, California

 

 

 

7

Medford, Massachusetts

Tufts University

 

 

early

several concerts with Joan Baez in southern California

 

 

 

 

Vancouver, British Columbia

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

 

 

late

Providence, Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April

early

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Symphony Hall

 

 

 

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Club 47

 

 

26

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts, The Cage

 

 

late

Waltham, Massachusetts

Brandeis University Folk Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

early

Monterey, California

Monterey Folk Festival, Monterey County Fairgrounds

 

 

17

London, England

Royal Festival Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

July

mid

Ann Arbour, Michigan

Ann Arbour High School Auditorium

 

 

mid

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Masonic Temple Auditorium

 

 

24

Newport, New York

Newport Folk Festival

J

 

26

Newport, New York

Newport Folk Festival

J

 

 

 

 

 

August

1

Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki Shell

 

 

8

New York City, New York

Forest Hills Tennis Stadium

J

 

 

 

 

 

September

late

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Town Hall

J

 

 

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

17

Detroit, Michigan

Masonic Scottish Rite Cathedral

 

 

24

Boston, Massachusetts

Symphony Hall

 

 

31

New York City, New York

Philharmonic Hall

J

 

 

 

 

 

November

1

Buffalo, New York

Kleinhans Music Hall

 

6

Gambier, Ohio

Kenyon College

 

 

8

Orono, Maine

Memorial Gymnasium,University of Maine

 

 

13

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Massey Hall

 

 

14

New Haven, Connecticut

Woolsey Hall, Yale University Campus

 

 

19

Madison, Wisconsin

Orpheum

 

 

21

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Oriental Theatre

 

 

25

San José, California

Civic Auditorium

J

 

27

San Francisco, California

Masonic Memorial Auditorium

J

 

29

Sacramento, California

Sacramento Auditorium

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

1

San Maeto, California

College Gymnasium

 

 

4

San Diego, California

Peterson Gym, San Diego State University

 

 

5

Long Beach, California

Wilson High School

 

 

6

Pasadena, California

Royce Hall Auditorium, UCLA

 

 

7

Santa Barbara, California

University of Santa Barbara Campus

 

Beskrivning: Beskrivning: Bob Dylan Tufts University Concert Handbill  Beskrivning: Beskrivning: DETROIT 64 rensad

Handbill for the 7 March concert.

Beskrivning: Beskrivning: Bob Dylan Concert at Yale Unversity 1964  Beskrivning: Beskrivning: Bob Dylan Kleinhans Music Hall Vets Concert Poster

 

For details about existing tapes please refer to the corresponding session pages in Still On The Road.

 

5             RECORDINGS 1964

 

Here’s a list of other recordings from 1964:

 

January

 

New York City, New York

Witmark demos

 

February

  1

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CBC TV Studios
Recording of the TV program Quest

 

 

25

Los Angeles, California

NBC Studios, Steve Allen Show.

 

“Early”

 

New York City, New York

Elektra Studios, Blues Project recording session produced by Paul A. Rotchild & Jac Hilzman.

 

May

Early

London, England

BBC Studios, Tonight show

 

June

9

New York City, New York

Columbia Studios, The Another Side Of Bob Dylan session, produced by Tom Wilson. (see below chapter 6).

 

June

Mid

New York City, New York

Last Witmark demos

 

 

For details about these recordings please refer to the corresponding session pages in Still On The Road.

 

6             ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN

 

This album was recorded in one single session between 7 and 10 p.m. on 9 June at the Columbia Studios in New York City. The following songs were recorded:

Song

# of takes

comment

Denise

4

remains unreleased, one take is circulating

It Ain't Me, Babe

2

take 2 released on Another Side

To Ramona

1

released on Another Side

Spanish Harlem Incident

5

take 5 released on Another Side

Ballad In Plain D

5

take 5 released on Another Side

I Don't Believe You

5

take 5 released on Another Side

Chimes Of Freedom

7

take 7 released on Another Side

Motorpsycho Nitemare

4

take 4 released on Another Side

Mr. Tambourine Man

2

with ”Rambling” Jack Elliott on backup vocal. Part of take 2 (67 seconds) released on Highway 61 Intercative CD-ROM

All I Really Want To Do

1

released on Another Side

Black Crow Blues

3

take 3 released on Another Side

I Shall Be Free No 10

5

take 5 with an insert from take 4 released on Another Side, one of the first three takes released on Highway 61 Intercative CD-ROM

Mama, You Been On My Mind

1

released on Bootleg Series

My Back Pages

2

take 2 released on Another Side

For more details about this session please refer to the corresponding session page in Still On The Road.

Notes

None of these songs had been recorded before June 9.

The album was released 8 August 1964 and on CD July 1988. It was listed on the charts in the US during no less than 41 weeks though it only reached #43 at best. In the UK it spent 1 week at the Top 10 as #8.

 

Live history

The following songs have never been played live:

Denise

Black Crow Blues

I Shall Be Free No 10

Motorpsycho Nitemare

Ballad In Plain D

Officially released live versions:

It Ain't Me Babe                 Before The Flood (1974)

All I Really Want To Do    At Budokan (1978)

It Ain't Me Babe                 Real Live (1984)

Spanish Harlem Incident has not been played live since 1964.

All I Really Want To Do was last performed during the 1978 World Tour. It was rehearsed with both Grateful Dead in 1987 amd with G.E. Smith before the start of the Never-Ending Tour, but has not been played since at the time of this writing.

Chimes Of Freedom was played regularly in 1964 and then revived in 1987 with both Grateful Dead and Tom Petty. Since then it has not appeared with the exception of the inauguration of president Bill Clinton in Washington 17 January 1993.

To Ramona, My Back Pages, I Don't Believe You, and It Ain't Me Babe are all part of the regular Never-Ending Tour repertoire.

 

7             SONGS 1964

 

January

Guess I'm Doing Fine [1]

February

Chimes Of Freedom [2]

May  

It Ain't Me Babe

             

Mr. Tambourine Man

June

All I Really Wanna Do

 

Ballad In Plain D

 

Black Crow Blues

 

Denise

 

East Laredo Blues

 

I Don't Believe You

 

I Shall Be Free No 10 [3]

 

I'll Keep It With Mine [4]

 

Mama, You Been On My Mind [5]

 

Motorpsycho Nitemare

 

My Back Pages

 

Spanish Harlem Incident

 

To Ramona

September

It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

October

Gates Of Eden

 

If You Gotta Go, Go Now [6]

             

 

8             SOURCES

 

Tim Dunn

I Just Write 'Em As They Come. An Annotated Guide to the Writings of Bob Dylan. A Not-A-Ces Publishing Venture 1990

Glen Dundas

Tangled Up In Tapes — 4th Edition

A Recording History of Bob Dylan

SMA Services, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 1999. Softcover 334 pages.

Clinton Heylin

A Life In Stolen Moments.

Bob Dylan Day By Day 1941-1995.

Schirmer Books 1996, 404 pages.

Clinton Heylin

Bob Dylan, The Recording Sessions 1960-1994

St. Martin's Press, 1995, 233 pages.

Michael Krogsgaard

Positively Bob Dylan

A Thirty-Year Discography, Concert & Record Session Guide 1960-1991.

Popular Culture, Ink. 1991. 500 pages

Michael Krogsgaard

Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions (Part 1).
The Telegraph #52, Summer 1995, pp. 128–129.

 

 

9             SUGGESTED READINGS

9.1       General background

Michael Gray

Song & Dance Man III. The Art Of Bob Dylan

Cassell 1999. Hardback 918 pages (!!)

Clinton Heylin

Behind The Shades. A Biography.

Summit Books 1991, 500 pages.

Daniel Kramer

Bob Dylan. Citadel Press (hardback) or Pocket Books. Great photo book from 1964-1965.

Anthony Scaduto

Bob Dylan. An intimate biography. New American Library 1973

Eric von Schmidt,  Jim Rooney

Baby, Let Me Follow You Down. The Illustrated Story of the Cambridge Folk Years. Anchor Books 1979.

Robert Shelton

No Direction Home. The Life and Music of Bob Dylan. New American Library 1986.

9.2       Books about 1964

Alex Russell

Flagging Down The "Double E"- (Dylan, with allusions). Richie Roberts, New York, 1983.

9.3       Article compilations

Carl Benson (ed)

The Bob Dylan Companion — Four Decades of Commentary.

Schirmer Books, New York 1998. Softcover 306 pages.

Craig McGregor (ed)

Bob Dylan. A Retrospective.

William Morrow 1972

Elizabeth M. Thomson (ed)

Conclusions On The Wall. New Essays On Bob Dylan.

Thin Man 1980

9.4       Selected articles

A Chat with Al Aronowitz – Derek Barker, Isis #80

A Letter To Larry – Letter to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, The Telegraph #36

Another Side Of Bob Dylan – Homer, the Slut #6

Bob Dylan At Newport 1964 – Bill Allison in The Telegraph #9

Bob Dylan's Publications in Broadside Magazine 1962-1965 – David Pichaske in The Telegraph #20

Chimes Of Freedom – Homer, the Slut #11

Eric von Schmidt Interview – by Joseph Sia, On The Tracks #4 (Fall 1994)

Interview: Anthea Joseph – The Telegraph 38 (Spring 1991)

Interview: Hughes Aufray – The Telegraph 39 (Summer 1991)

Interview: Ken Pitt, Dylan's press man in England. 1964-1966 – The Telegraph 46 (Autumn 1993)

It Ain’t Me, Babe – Homer, the Slut #1

The Dylan and Baez Concerts 1964  Stephen Pickering in his "A Commemoration"

The Wanted Man Interview: Robert Shelton – The Telegraph 54 (Spring 1996)

The Witmark Demo Tapes – Clinton Heylin in The Telegraph #16

Uncopyrighted Songs – Clinton Heylin/The Telegraph #25

 



[1] Covered by Hamilton Camp on his album "Paths Of Victory", Elektra 1964.

[2] Official theme song for the 1988 Amnesty International tour, where it was played by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band, released on CBS maxi-single  "Spare Parts", 1988.

[3] First officially released song with Bob Dylan on piano.

[4] Recorded in 1965 during the BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME sessions.

[5] Also recorded during the SELF PORTRAIT sessions in 1969 and later with George Harrison. Covered by many different artists and groups, e.g. by The Original Marauders on their album "Now Your Mouth Cries Wolf: A Tribute to Bob Dylan", Pied Piper 1977. Played live by Dylan once in 1974: afternoon show in Philadelphia, January 6. A number of duets with Joan Baez during the Rolling Thunder Revue and finally a number of acoustic performances during the Never-Ending Tour.

[6] Released on single in the Benelux countries, Covered by a number of artists including Fairport Convention (in French), The Flying Burrito Brothers and Rick Nelson.