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  1. Where can I buy Bob Dylan collectors' items?
  2. What books about Dylan's life and music are available?
    a. Bob Dylan biographies
    b. Studies of Dylan as a performer, lyricist, etc.
    c. Reference books
  3. Are there magazines about Dylan to which I could subscribe?
  4. I just read an article about Bob Dylan in my newspaper...
  5. What are bootlegs, and how do I find them?
  6. Has Bob Dylan appeared in any movies or film documentaries?
  7. Has anybody ever sent away for the limited edition notes offered in the "Under the Red Sky" album?

1. Where can I buy Bob Dylan collectors' items?

Some of us have the good fortune to live in places that have an adequate supply of record stores, well informed collectors with the latest gab on your favorite artists, and record shows; if you aren't in such a location, you may feel out of touch. Don't fret! Even the most avid record hounds use mail-order as a reliable way to purchase books, posters, and memorabilia (not to mention information regarding new records, tours, etc...)

Here are a few recommended sources:

U.S.: Rolling Tomes - P.O. Box 1943, Grand Junction, Colorado 81502. Phone: 970-245-4315 Monday through Friday 10-6 Mountain time, 24 hr. fax: 970-243-8025. They accept Mastercard, Visa, checks, money orders, and international money orders drawn from a U.S. bank in U.S. funds. This is an essential source for Dylan fans in the United States and across the world - their inventory covers everything from back issues of fan magazines to books to records and videotapes. Rolling Tomes is also the distributor for several Dylan magazines, namely Homer, Isis, Look Back, On the Tracks, and Rolling Thunder.

U.S.: Goldmine Magazine - 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001. This is a collectors forum with advertising from record dealers all over the world, published biweekly. They will send a free trial issue to you if you request one... Goldmine contains loads of mail-order information, so you'll need a few hours poring over an issue (often with a magnifying glass) to sort it all out.

U.K.: My Back Pages - P.O. Box 117, Carlisle CA1 2UL. Accepts pounds sterling or US dollars by check, postal money order, or international money order. Another good source for books, and also distributes the magazine Isis.

# U.K.: (New address!) Wanted Man: PO Box 307, Richmond, Surrey TW10 5AQ Distributes The Telegraph magazine. (see my notes about the uncertain future of the Telegraph elsewhere in the FAQ).


2. What books about Dylan's life and music are available?

The number of publications about Bob Dylan continues to grow rapidly: Here is a three-part overview of some of the better-known books, divided by subject material. This is only the tip of the iceberg - better to check a catalog or your local libraries and bookstores for greater detail.

If you read the following list and think you might want to read many of these books but could never afford them, do not despair! Inform your local library of the vast, untapped multitude of popular music resources by recommending some of these titles to them. Do not be afraid; most librarians do not bite. After all, what good is a public library that does not take suggestions from its public? These books are, for the most part, well-written commentary on the life and music of one of the most significant popular songwriters of this century, and are a worthy addition to a library collection...

Also, library catalogues will help you get an overview of published monographs related to Bob Dylan. A good first catalogue to check is found in California, and access is easy if you already have full Internet access.


If this union catalogue proves inadequate investigate the "use"
command by typing in "help use" from within melvyl.

Another source to check is the Library of Congress. There is a good z39.50 www-gateway to locis (lcc) on:

If the hundreds of free online public access catalogues available on the Internet are not enough for you there are more sophisticated sources such as CURL, OCLC, First Search, RLIN, UTLAS, NACSIS and the like... But you will need a password and someone must pay the bill!

Finally, you might want to check out Helter Skelter Books. Website: General Information: Webmaster:


2(a). Bob Dylan biographies

Bob Dylan: An Intimate Biography by Anthony Scaduto. New York: New American Library, 1979 366 p. ISBN: 0451086090 LCCN: 4040-7214 79-316819 /MN Originally New York: Grosset & Dunlap (& Castle Books) 1971 280 (278) p. ISBN: 0-448-02034-3 LCCN: 72-144064 First UK: W. H. Allen & Co, 1972 Also London: Abacus (Sphere Books Ltd), 1972 #131279 280 p. New York: New American Library (Signet W 5353), Mar 1973 351 p. [Good basic coverage of the sixties Dylan, not without errors]

No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan by Robert Shelton. New York: Ballantine Books, 1987 [reprint of 1986 edition]. 661 p. ISBN: 0345347218 LCCN: 85-26781 Originally New York: Beech Tree Books (Morrow), 1986 573 p. ISBN: 0-688-05045-X LCCN: 85-26781 [a good overview of the early years, but many errors have been cited by other writers]

Dylan: A Biography by Bob Spitz. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991 [update of 1989 edition]. 639 p. ISBN: 0-07-060330-8 LCCN: 88-12912 [Probably the least-loved of the biographies - Spitz tends to be both mean-spirited and inaccurate in his reporting]

Behind the Shades: A Biography by Clinton Heylin. New York: Summit Books, 1991. 498 p. ISBN: 0-671-73894-1 LCCN: 91-8858 /MN [The only biography to provide good, detailed coverage of Dylan's career through the 1970's and 1980's]

Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary by Tim Riley. New York: Knopf, 1992. 356 p. ISBN: 0-394-57889-9 LCCN: 91-52808 Also New York: Vintage Books, Aug 1993 356 p. ISBN: 0-679-74527-0 LCCN: 92-50619 [Riley provides a decent overview through 1976, but dismisses Dylan's more recent career]

Song and Dance Man by Michael Gray New York: E. P. Dutton, Nov 1972 336 p. ISBN: 052520685-X Also London: Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, 1972 337 p. London: Abacus, 1973 London: Hamlyn, 1981 (rev & updated) New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981 236 p. [currently out of print in the USA, but a new, updated edition will be published soon]

Blood on the Tracks: The Story of Bob Dylan, Chris Rowley. New York: Proteus Publishing, 1984. ISBN: 0-86276-128-X (hb); 0-86276-127-1 (pbk)


2(b). Studies of Dylan as a performer, lyricist, etc, and related works.

Performing Artist, Vols. 1 & 2 by Paul Williams. Vol. 1 (1960-1973) - Novato, CA: Underwood-Miller, 1991. 310 p. ISBN: 0-88733-131-9 (pbk) LCCN: 89-20527 Originally:
ISBN: 0-88733-090-8 (signed hb); 0-88733-089-4 (hb); 0-88733-101-7 (pbk) LCCN: 89-20527 Vol. 2 (1974-1986) - Novato, CA: Underwood-Miller, 1992. 334 p. ISBN: 0-88733-144-0 (signed hb); 0-88733-142-4 (hb); 0-88733-143-2 (pbk) LCCN: 92-1769 /MN [Probably the best general studies of Dylan that have yet appeared. Williams largely eschews lyric analysis and biography in favor of an admittedly nebulous look at Dylan the "performer:" singer, songwriter, movie maker, song and dance man. You might not agree with everything Williams says, but there's no better survey of his output]

Dylan by Jonathan Cott. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. 246 p. ISBN: 0-385-19161-8 LCCN: 84-4049

A Man Called Alias by Richard Williams. New York: Holt, 1992. 192 p. ISBN: 0-8050-2255-4 LCCN: 92-14992 [Both are good picture books, with adequate looks at Dylan's opus]

On the Road with Bob Dylan by Larry Sloman. New York: Bantam Books, Jun 1978 413 p. ISBN: 0-553-11641-X [Highly recommended by readers of this newsgroup for its excellent coverage of the 1975 Rolling Thunder tour and its avoidance of the usual rock journalism cliches. Out of print, but a new printing is possible within the next year or so]

The Rolling Thunder Logbook by Sam Shepard. New York: Limelight Edition, Mar 1987 [reprint of 1977 ed.]. 184 p. ISBN: 0-87910-069-9 LCCN: 86-27366 Originally: Viking Press (A Richard Seaver Book), 1977 Also UK: Penquin Books, 1978 184 p. ISBN: 0-1400-4750-6 LCCN: 77-11648 [Contains great photos of the 1975 tour]

Wanted Man - In Search of Bob Dylan edited by John Bauldie. New York: Citadel Press, 1991. 224 p. ISBN: 0-8065-1266-0 LCCN: Originally London: Black Spring Press, 1990 [A collection of interviews with other performers and personalities who have worked with Dylan over the years. Many of these interviews have been quoted in part by the major biographers, and give an interesting, scattershot but effective portrait of Dylan as seen through the eyes of his collaborators]

A Darker Shade of Pale: a Backdrop to Bob Dylan by Wilfrid Mellers. New York, Oxford Univ. Press, 1985. 255 p. ISBN: 0-19-503621-2 (hb); 0-19-503622-0 (pbk) LCCN: 85-272 /MN Originally London: Faber & Faber, 1984 ISBN: 0-571-13345-2 [Serious musical analysis of Dylan through 1970 - recommended for fans with a strong background in music theory and history]

Across the Great Divide: The Band and America by Barney Hoskyns. New York: Hyperion Press, 1993. 439 p. ISBN: 1-56282-836-3 LCCN: 93-17243 [A bio of long-time Dylan collaborators, The Band; contains a good deal of information on Dylan's work with them, especially on the 1966 and 1974 tours]

Alias Bob Dylan by Steven Scobie. Red Deer, Alberta: Red Deer College Press, 1991. 192 p. ISBN: 0-88995-069-5 LCCN: 91-188326 /MN [Lyric analysis]

Voice Without Restraint: A Study of Bob Dylan's Lyrics and Their Background_ by John Herdman, New York: Delilah Books, 1982, 164 p. ISBN: 0-933328-18-4 LCCN: 81-69870 [Lyric analysis, with a discography & bibliography]

Jokerman: Reading the Lyrics of Bob Dylan, Aidan Day. Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1988, 189 p. ISBN: 0631158731 (hb); 0631172459 (pbk) LCCN: 88-6104 [Lyric anaylsis]

Performed Literature: Words and Music by Bob Dylan Betsy Bowden. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, May 1982, 239 p. ISBN: 025334347X LCCN: 81-7217 [Lyric analysis, with a discography & bibliography]


2(c). Reference books

Lyrics 1962-1985 by Bob Dylan. New York: Knopf, 1990 [reprint of 1985 revision of _Writings and Drawings_]. 527 p. ISBN: 0-394-54278-9 LCCN: 85-40408

Writings and Drawings by Bob Dylan. New York: Knopf, 1973 317 p. ISBN: 0-394-48243-3 LCCN: 72-2339 Also UK: Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973 London: Panther Books (Granada Pub), 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979 ISBN: 0-586-04088-9 [The official lyric book, covering *most* of Dylan's songs - but the printed lyrics sometimes don't match the recordings, and there are many songs omitted...]

Bob Dylan: In His Own Words by Christian Williams. London: Omnibus Press, 1993. 112 p. Music Sales Corp., 225 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010. ISBN: 0-7119-3219-0 0-7119-3213-1 (pbk) [A collection of Dylan quotations from interviews, etc. This is an update of a 1978 version - several readers of this newsgroup have indicated a strong preference for the 1978 version]

Positively Bob Dylan: A Thirty Year Discography, Concert & Recording Session Guide, 1960-1991 by Michael Krogsgaard. Ann Arbor, MI: Popular Culture, 1991. 498 p. ISBN: 1-56075-000-6 (hb) LCCN: 89-92336 [The most frequently quoted reference guide on, and a truly massive undertaking - this book provides an exhaustive list of every Bob Dylan recording in circulation. There are minor errors throughout, and new tapes surface regularly, but this is an essential guide for any serious collector...]

Stolen Moments: The Essential Bob Dylan Reference Book by Clinton Heylin. Romford: Wanted Man, 1988. ISBN: 0-947730-05-2. [Another guide to Dylan, this one takes a chronological approach, a sort of diary of Dylan]

Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions [1960-1994] by Clinton Heylin. New York: St. Martin's Press, Dec 1995 233 p. $24.95 US; $35.99 CAN ISBN: 0-312-13439-8. LCCN: 95-23265

Tangled Up in Tapes: The Recordings of Bob Dylan by Glen Dundas. Thunder Bay, Ontario: SMA Services, 1994 Third edition [ditto, preferred over Krogsgaard by some, although the format is quite different]

Strangers and Prophets: Bob Dylan CD Boots: Vol 1 by Phill Townsend. Solihull, West Midlands: Next 2 Last Pubs, Oct 1992 160 p. [A guide to compact disc bootlegs, provides photos and detailed information. Replaced by Galileo's Math Book . See entry below.]

Galileo's Math Book by Phill Townsend. [an updateable catalogue of Bob Dylan Bootleg CD releases, designed to fit into loose leaf binders. (Binders with a 4-colour cover can be bought. At the moment, GMB fills two binders.) Each catalogued disc has its own page entry, detailing track and source information, etc. At regular intervals, he will be issuing GMB updates, cataloguing new releases, and updating information on old releases. This replaces the main Strangers & Prophets book; a companion volume containing ratings and opinions of the discs will appear sometime soon.]

Galileo's Math Book can be ordered from Crazy Joe at P.O. Box 2935, Solihull, West Midlands B91 2LS, England. Cost is 30 pounds. Air postage (in pounds):
UK 6 Europe 12 USA/Canada 28 Australia/Japan 34 (or surface postage: 12 pounds to anywhere).

For the binders, it's 16 pounds for two, plus the following postage:
UK 3 Europe 4 USA/Canada 12 Australia/Japan 15 (or surface postage: 6 pounds to anywhere). (Binders are labelled Vol 1 and Vol 2. The pages released so far will fill these two binders. If ordering as additional binders, please request Vol 3 and Vol 4.)

Bob Dylan's Words: A Critical Dictionary and Commentary by Richard Wissolik and Scott McGrath. Greensburg, PA: Eadmer Press, 1994 Vol 1 ISBN: 0-929914-11-2 (hb) Greensburg, PA: Eadmer Press, 1995 Electronic edition ISBN: 0-929914-17-1 LCCN: 95-5048 [An analysis of 800 terms in evry Dylan song between 1962-1985, including Tarantula .]

The Bob Dylan Concordance by Steve Michel. Grand Junction, CO: Rolling Tomes, Jun 1992 153 p. ISBN: 0-9635031-0-3 [Provides a comprehensive index to Dylan's songs by the lyrics. If you ever wonder what song that line stuck in your head came from, this book is for you. An excellent companion to the 'official' lyric book, and a great resources for fans of Dylan's writing]

I Just Write 'Em As They Come: An Annotated Guide to the Writings of Bob Dylan by Tim Dunn. Painesville, OH: NOT-A-CES Pub, 1990 249 p. ["The Dylan song encyclopedia"]

The Bible in the Lyrics of Bob Dylan by Bert Cartwright. Bury, Lancashire: Wanted Man Study Series #4, 1985; rev & enlarged 1993 [A good look at Dylan's use of biblical references in his lyrics. Flawed but fascinating]

The Dylan Companion edited by Elizabeth Thomson & David Gutman. New York: Delta Book (Dell Pub), May 1991. 335 p. ISBN: 0-385-30225-8 (pbk) LCCN: 90-38926 Originally London: Macmillan London Ltd, 1990 335 p. [At the back it has a 20 page bibliography, listing tons of books and articles about Dylan from the very beginning forward]


3. Are there magazines about Dylan to which I could subscribe?

There are several highly regarded periodicals devoted to Dylan's career - again, this is not a complete listing, but merely a guide:

The Telegraph is the oldest and perhaps best known Dylan fan magazine. Sadly, its future is uncertain with the passing of editor John Bauldie. Back issues are well worth seeking out. For more information, see the Telegraph web site

Isis (UK - P.O. Box 132, Coventry, West Midlands CV3 5RE, bi-monthly, subscriptions currently $64.95/yr. via Rolling Tomes) is excellent for information regarding bootleg audio & video material plus a comprehensive guide to Dylan's constant touring. Website at:

ICE (US, P.O. Box 3043, Santa Monica, CA 90408, monthly, subscribe directly for $30/yr in North America, $40/yr elsewhere) is a newsletter that provides information on new CDs, re-issued CDs, underground CDs, and planned releases, all from reliable sources. Again, not a Dylan magazine, but usually contains something regarding Dylan CDs... ICE can be reached by email for questions and comments regarding compact discs, as well as subscription information, at:

Goldmine (US, 700 E. State St, Iola, WI 54990, (715) 445-2214, FAX (715) 445-4087. Subscriptions $35/yr.) This is a record and CD collectors' publication, published twice a month, known for being a forum for bootleg buyers and sellers. Goldmine has phased out detailed advertisements from all but the largest dealers, including a crackdown on classified ads. This includes tapes and videos, but *not* CD's. Subscriptions are $35 for a year; you can call and order by Visa/MC, or mail them a check or money order. If you call them they will send you a free sample copy.

On The Tracks: The Unauthorized Bob Dylan Magazine (US - published by Rolling Tomes [address above], quarterly, US subscriptions currently $24.95/yr, or $39.95/yr to also receive the monthly newsletter, Series of Dreams) Features interviews, columns by well-known Dylan commentators, such as Paul Williams, and importantly, includes the Rolling Tomes catalog within its pages. The companion newsletter covers the gritty details such as concert dates, setlists, news events and rumors.

Who Threw the Glass (Australia - quarterly, AUS$12 for subscription, contact Shane Youl for more information) contains analysis & discussion of Dylan's ongoing works...

Taper's Quarterly (US - quarterly, $10/yr) published by the Live Audio Video Association (LAVA), 1726 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109-3643 (or contact: is a forum for those who record live music of all sorts, and contains information reagrding equipment, techniques, etc.

The Famous Etiquette Book (UK, available from PO Box 2935, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2LQ, UK. Subscription is 5 pounds sterling for 5 issues, payable to Phill Townsend) TFEQ is a news-sheet produced by Phill Townsend (Crazy Joe in ISIS) that gives updates on Dylan CD boots as they become available. This information later becomes available in ISIS and Series of Dreams, and eventually in Townsend's book(s).

Why A Pig? (UK, subscriptions are for 4 issues, c/o PO Box 3239, London SW6, UK. Cheques/POs/IMO should be made payable to "Why A Pig?" UK subs: 10 pounds; Europe subs: 12 pounds; USA subs: $15 sea, $20 air) Devoted to covering the 'underground' CD market regarding many performers.

Rolling Thunder (Italy - three times a year, issues $12 each through Rolling Tomes) Described in the Rolling Tomes catalog as "large format, nice layout and photos. Mostly Italian text."

Dignity (UK, available from: Desolation Row Promotions John Baldwin, 57 Tempsford, Welwyn Garden City, Herts., AL7 2PA, ENGLAND. 6 issues a year, subscription: Pounds 17.94 UK, 23.94 Europe, 29.94 USA, 32.94 ROW Air Mail, or Pounds 22.74 USA / Rest of World by Surface Mail). Objective is to provide serious Bob Dylan analysis. This includes song and concert commentary (any show any date), books, reader ads, etc. Issue one is 40 A4 pages.

The All Night Cafe (1994- ) P.O. Box 632, Carlton South, Victoria 3053, Australia

There are a number of discontinued magazines that are still in print or available as back orders, such as Homer the Slut (UK) and Look Back (US). For more information, contact Rolling Tomes.


4. I just read an article about Bob Dylan in my newspaper...

Mark Carter provides a cutting service to which everyone should contribute. If you see something in a newspaper, magazine or journal of even the remotest relevance to Bob Dylan and his work then you should send it to him. If it is something you would throw away then send the original, otherwise send a photocopy. Include all relevant information of the date, publication, place, page numbers, etc.

Send your contributions to:

Mark Carter,
25 Marlborourgh Road
Norfolk NR3 7AP

Just because the article appeared in the New York Times doesn't mean that someone else has already sent it! Duplications are trivial, but omissions are glaring errors :-). Submissions from publications with limited circulation and non-English newspapers are especially encouraged, since the rest of the world will probably never know of these articles unless you clip them!


5. What are bootlegs, and how do I find them?

A bootleg is any recording, live or studio, which is not officially sanctioned by the artist's recording company for sale or distribution. In the U.S., it is legal to tape a radio show or television special for your own personal use, but it is illegal to sell or rebroadcast such a recording. It is also illegal to record concerts without the artist's consent, and anyone who makes or distributes bootleg recordings can be subject to prosecution. For more information on the legal aspects of bootlegging, and a short history of same, see the URL

Dylan's 'Royal Albert Hall' concert is one of the most famous bootlegs of all time, dating from the 1966 tour of England (chances are that this recording is really from Manchester or elsewhere). Contains some truly amazing live performances; the 'electric' set was received very poorly by the audience at hand. Near the end of the show, an irritated audience member yells out "Judas!" Dylan responds by saying: "I don't believe you... You're a liar!" before launching into a truly overpowering version of "Like a Rolling Stone," obviously directed at that same audience member... This audio bootleg is one of many fragments of soundboard tapes circulating from the 1966 tour, and the origin of these tapes is a frequent topic of discussion among Dylan fans everywhere.

A pirated recording, however, is an illegal copy of an official release by an artist. Anyone who tapes a legally available CD or record and then tries to sell you a copy is violating the copyright on that recording and is knowingly depriving the artist of royalties. The record industry does its best to search out pirates and prosecute them. Pirated recordings (often made in countries like Thailand or Indonesia, where authorities are easy to bribe or too busy to notice) do deprive the company and artist of money, and are thus far worse than bootlegs - the record industry claims that it loses hundreds of millions of dollars every year to record pirates. These are usually the cheapo tapes with blurry covers (or no jacket at all) that are sold in flea markets and the like. Avoid like the plague.

On the other hand, counterfeit recordings are generally very professional in appearance (supposedly there are thousands of pirated copies of the Beatles' _Let It Be_ album in circulation that are nearly indistinguishable from the official Apple Records release). A counterfeit recording is an exact copy of a legitimate recording (often with a few distinguishing flaws) that is illegally distributed as the real thing.

Nevertheless, there are literally thousands of bootleg recordings of Dylan performances and even studio sessions that are widely circulated among collectors, and certain countries (such as Italy) have lenient copyright laws which allow many of these recordings to be pressed on compact disc. These discs are usually distributed as expensive "live/rare" material and can only be found through record specialty stores (usually the same places that sell used records) and individual dealers, some of whom do mailorder business.

It is not within proper Internet/Usenet etiquette to make the sources of such black-market operations available publicly, so the only way that you will find bootlegs is by finding a store that sells them or posting a request for information and waiting for someone to respond via email. That is one FAQ that can't be answered publicly.

Many people obtain 'live/rare' material by trading DAT or cassette tapes. This is obviously a lot cheaper than searching for profit-seeking dealers of CD bootlegs (most of these are mastered from cassettes, anyway), and is far less condemnable, so long as there is no payment involved., the newsgroup for the Grateful Dead, is one place where live tapes are traded legally - this is because the Grateful Dead allow their concerts to be taped from a special section of the audience and distributed for non-profit listening. If you follow the newsgroup for a while, you will invariably see discussions of unreleased Bob Dylan material. A friendly email response will often help locate someone with whom you can trade live Dylan tapes...

If you do come across a Dylan CD and want to tell the newsgroup about it, simply imitate the format of other listings you have seen, or ask for help. Of importance are the songs included and their length, the title and manufacturer of the disc, the matrix number (printed in tiny characters on the inner ring of the disc), and the supposed origin of the recording.

In short, the easiest way to find a particular out-of-print or rare item is to latch onto a discussion of that item, or to bring up the topic yourself. Most Bob Dylan fans are quite willing to share their addiction with others...

A few pointers for those just starting out in tape trading:

Always use CrO2 (or better) cassettes - Maxell XLII is a good standard, since its availability and quality standards are known worldwide. TDK SA seems to have been accepted as an equal. (Digital Audio Tape recorders are best, but not everyone can afford DAT...)

Be sure to indicate whether or not you want to use Dolby Noise Reduction - many tapers prefer no Dolby at all, but Dolby-C has developed a sizable following...

Few novices record at the correct level on CrO2 cassettes - don't be frightened of the red, it takes massively high levels to distort with a good machine. Record too low and the tape hiss generation by generation in a tape tree becomes intolerable.

Restart from the beginning any final track which is unfinished on the first side of a tape. Most trades are done on a one tape for one tape basis - if you discover that you can't fit all the items requested onto the number of tapes allotted, don't just send an incomplete recording! And do make sure you have actually taped the FULL recording. It is all too easy to accidentally clip the end of a song witout noticing. Stay in touch with your trading partner to avoid disappointment on both ends. Above all, don't be afraid to ask questions if you become confused!

Agree with your trader if they want blank tape left blank, filler inserted, or the source restarted to fill the tape with repeated material. Also determine the prefered method of shipment and whether or not you will be mailing the tapes in their plastic boxes. If you are mailing overseas, be sure to indicate that the package is a 'gift' on the customs form; and use a low value when estimating the worth of the package contents. Many countries levy considerable customs fees for valuable packages, which the recipient will have to pay...


EDLIS now maintains a database of collectors who have registered ownership of particular Dylan boots. The purposes of this service are to disseminate information about boots (playlists, times, quality, etc.) and to promote networking between collectors.

Periodically, a post to will be made under the subject "EDLIS - Who Has Which Boot..." describing how to access the service and how to contribute your collection list. Questions posted to the newsgroup at-large are also relayed to the agency. You can also contact for more information.

As with EDLIS' lyric service, the Who Has Which Boot database depends on the generosity of collectors who send in their listings and volunteer to provide information. No collection is too large or too small, and your participation is strongly encouraged!


6. Has Bob Dylan appeared in any movies or film documentaries?

D.A. Pennebaker filmed "Don't Look Back," a documentary of Dylan's 1965 tour of England (it would be his last stand as a strictly 'folk' performer). "Don't Look Back" is available on videocassette and features footage of concerts, press-conferences and back-stage activity.
This is Dylan at his most playful/caustic, getting his digs at the press, a hapless college student who wants to interview him and Donovan, among others... Essential for the Dylan enthusiast.

The movie "Festival" covers several of the Newport Folk Festivals of the 1960's, and features Dylan infamous first 'electric' performance, with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

"Eat the Document" is a one-hour film shot by D.A. Pennebaker during the landmark 1966 'electric' tour of England and later edited by Howard Alk and Dylan himself. This rather bizarre anti-documentary film was shown at a few theaters in 1971, and has had a rare television airing or two since, but is not in print. A short tape of outtakes from the movie was assembled by Pennebaker and circulates on videotape.

"The Concert for Bangladesh," available on both videocassette and compact disc, is George Harrison's fundraising benefit filmed at Madison Square Gardens in 1971. Dylan makes a rare early 1970's concert guest appearance and steals the show!

"Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" is a Sam Peckinpah western tale of the familiar outlaw. Bob Dylan wrote the soundtrack (includes "Knockin' on Heaven's Door") and appears as "Alias," a bit part with a few amusing scenes. The movie exists in the original release form, and a 'directors' cut'. Both include some soundtrack music that is not on the soundtrack album.

"The Last Waltz" documents the 'farewell' concert by The Band in 1976, and features Dylan as well as a bevy of other performers in what has been hailed as one of the best rock-documentaries made.

"Renaldo and Clara" - this four-hour movie by Bob Dylan (and a two-hour, edited version) was shown at a few theaters in 1978, received generally dismal reviews, and disappeared from sight. It will probably not be given official release on any format any time in the near future. It does, however, contain some great live footage from the 1975 Rolling Thunder tour, during which this movie was recorded. Circulating videotape copies probably originated from a mid-1980's late-night television broadcast of this movie in Britain.

The Hard Rain television special - filmed in concert in Fort Collins, Colorado, May 1976, this footage was broadcast on NBC, but has not seen official release on videocassette. Some, but not all, of the performances from this set are on the live album Hard Rain ... There is an 'alternate' circulates in the underground.

Bob Dylan also appears in the movie "Hearts of Fire," filmed in 1985, playing the part of an aging rock star. The script of this movie is pretty hackneyed stuff, and received poor reviews. Still, Dylan fans will find some moments of interest.

"Hard to Handle" is a concert videotape from the 1986 tour
of Australia with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

"The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Tribute" videotapes document Columbia Records' massive Dylan tribute show at Madison Square Gardens in 1992. Dylan himself appears only briefly, but a host of other performers play songs here that Dylan rarely or never airs...


7. Has anybody ever sent away for the limited edition notes offered in the "Under the Red Sky" album?

In the liner notes to the "Under the Red Sky" album there is an offer of special limited edition notes by the artist available by request, however to this date no one has ever received any such notes. They don't appear to exist.

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