Greetings From Hibbing, Minnesota

Detail - Bob Dylan Mural, Minneapolis by Eduardo Kobra, 2015.
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Two hours of musicians covering, singing about or mocking the voice of a generation. Half the show consists of songs where musicians either do their best impressions of Bobby Dylan or sing about his cultural significance/the time he told them their poetry sucked, and the other half is covers of tunes penned by Dylan. Despite the show revolving around Bob Dylan, his trademark singing voice is not heard in the episode, whether you consider that a cause for celebration or not.

26 different acts in this show, here is some information about some of them:

Joan Baez:

In the late fifties Baez's began performing around Boston and Cambridge. Her first show was at Club 47, she was paid ten dollars and the entire audience of 8 consisted of her family and friends, despite this she was asked back. She was invited to the Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and her performance left such an impression that she was signed to Vanguard Records. Baez soon became one of the faces of the American roots revival and had a successful career in the folk and activism scenes before branching out into other musical genres. The "Queen of Folk" met Dylan in Greenwich Village in 1961, but wasn't interested in what she saw as an urban hillbilly. However, they developed a relationship the nature of which these Baez songs may be able to shine a light on.

Richard & Mimi Farina:

The Farina's "Morgan The Pirate" criticizes the titular Morgan who is of course Bob Dylan. Couple Richard & Mimi Fariña along with Mimi's sister Joan Baez were friends with fellow folk singer Bob Dylan in the 60's. This included Bob Dylan's rise to stardom that would eclipse that of the Fariña's and surpass that of the already established Joan Baez. New opportunities were open to Bob that weren't open to the others, Fariña was serious about being an author but was having a lot of difficulty securing a publisher while Dylan's manager inked a deal before a book was even started, the book would become the incoherent "Tarantula". Envy for Bob Dylan's success was compounded with Dylan generally being a jerk to all of his friends, especially Baez. Richard Fariña and Mimi Baez met each other while in Europe, Fariña divorced his first wife, folksinger Carolyn Hester, and married Mimi the next year with Thomas Pynchon as his best man. Richard did get his novel "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me" published, but died in a motorcycle accident two days later. Mimi went on to found Bread and Roses.

Countries represented: USA, England, Canada, Germany, Burma.

  • 6:00pm Simple Twist Of Fate by Joan Baez on Diamonds & Rust (A&M Records), 1975
  • 6:04pm Blowin' In The Wind by The Ventures on 10th Anniversary Album (Liberty), 1970
  • 6:06pm My Back Pages by The Byrds on The Byrds' Greatest Hits (Columbia), 1967
  • 6:09pm A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamera'd Into Submission) by Simon And Garfunkel on Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme (Columbia), 1966
  • 6:11pm Si Tu Dois Partir by Fairport Convention on Unhalfbricking (Island Records), 1969
  • 6:13pm Bob by "Weird Al" Yankovic on Poodle Hat (Volcano), 2003
  • 6:21pm It Ain't Me, Babe by The Metropolitan Pops Orchestra on Instrumental Versions of Bob Dylan Favorites (Metro Records), 1966
  • 6:23pm Runnin' Blue by The Doors on The Soft Parade (Elektra), 1969
  • 6:25pm Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window by Wilko Johnson / Roger Daltrey on Going Back Home (Chess), 2014
  • 6:29pm Bobby Dylan Record by Phil Ochs on On My Way (1963 Demo Session) (Micro Werks), 2008
  • 6:31pm The Doll House by Phil Ochs on There And Now: Live In Vancouver 1968 (Rhino Records), 1990
  • 6:35pm I'll Keep It With Mine by Nico on Chelsea Girl (Verve Records), 1967
  • 6:38pm It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by The Metropolitan Pops Orchestra on Instrumental Versions of Bob Dylan Favorites (Metro Records), 1966
  • 6:40pm Diamonds & Rust by Joan Baez on Diamonds & Rust (A&M Records), 1975
  • 6:45pm Morgan The Pirate by Richard & Mimi Farina on Pack Up Your Sorrows: Best Of The Vanguard Years (Vanguard), 1968
  • 6:51pm O Brother! by Joan Baez on Gulf Winds (A&M Records), 1976
  • 6:54pm Winds of the Old Days by Joan Baez on Diamonds & Rust (A&M Records), 1975
  • 6:58pm One Too Many Mornings by The Metropolitan Pops Orchestra on Instrumental Versions of Bob Dylan Favorites (Metro Records), 1966
  • 7:01pm A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall by Leon Russell on Leon Russell And The Shelter People (Shelter Records), 1971
  • 7:06pm I Want You by Bruce Springsteen on Under The Covers The Songs He Didn't Write (Leftfield Media), 1976
  • 7:12pm Royal Jelly by John C. Reilly on Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Soundtrack) (Columbia), 2007
  • 7:16pm Too Much Of Nothing by Spooky Tooth on It's All About (Island Records), 1968
  • 7:20pm Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by The Ventures on 10th Anniversary Album (Liberty), 1970
  • 7:23pm Bob Dylan Sings by Jimmy Fallon on Blow Your Pants Off (Warner Bros. Records), 2012
  • 7:24pm Bob Dylan Blues by Syd Barrett on The Best Of Syd Barrett - Wouldn't You Miss Me? (Harvest), 2001
  • 7:28pm Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by Sebastian Cabot on Sebastian Cabot, Actor; Bob Dylan, Poet: A Dramatic Reading With Music (MGM Records), 1967
  • 7:33pm Tomorrow Is A Long Time by Nick Drake on Family Tree (Island Records), 2007
  • 7:37pm I Shall Be Released by The Band on Music From Big Pink (Capitols Records), 1968
  • 7:40pm Flakes by Frank Zappa on Hammersmith Odeon (Vaulternative Records), 2010
  • 7:47pm Mr. Tambourine Man by William Shatner on Spaced Out (Universal), 1968
  • 7:50pm Song For Bob Dylan by David Bowie on Hunky Dory (Parlophone), 1971
  • 7:54pm Blues In Bob Minor by Robert Wyatt on Shleep (Hannibal Records), 1997
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