Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can get to Sweetman Podcast on Spotify – follow it there and have it saved in your Spotify library. It’s on most of the podcast platforms besides the ones mentioned here.
It’s Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday today (or tomorrow, US-time). And so a bonus episode, a special episode. Jonny Potts was a podcast guest for episode 31. Here he returns and we talk Dylan. Jonny’s a fan with immense knowledge and huge passion and I knew he would be the perfect person to talk all things Dylan with – in celebration of Bob on the eve of his birthday. We recorded this conversation just a day before me posting it here. It’s a fairly unplanned ramble. We agreed beforehand to mention the movies, to talk about a few favourite albums rather than try cover them all – and then we sat down and that all went out the window pretty much and we just talked. And talked. And always about Bob.
He’s loomed large in our lives. It’s the same for you no doubt – if you’re still reading this or contemplating listening to it. His influence is undeniable. The sheer amount of work staggering. And we both felt like we had hardly scratched the surface after recording this chat. We both instantly thought of so many things to add. There will be podcasts like this going up around the world all day and during this week – and many of them have existed for years and will continue to, regardless of special birthdays. So if you took any of your time to even contemplate checking this out – I say a huge thank you from myself and on behalf of Jonny.
I’ve written about Dylan a lot and will continue to. I’ve read dozens of books about him and am adding several more to my reading list this month. That’s just how it is. He’s been the most important musical figure in my life. Through his radios show, his memoir, his books of lyrics and his records I’ve learned so much about poetry, music and literature. He’s turned me on to many other brilliant writers and musicians and I still feel the hairs on my arms stand on end when I listen to a particular live version of Idiot Wind, the studio outtakes of She’s Your Lover Now and Blind Willie McTell, the entire Blood On The Tracks record and roughly three dozen other songs.
Happy Birthday Bob! And thank you to Jonny for being the perfect podcast guest to celebrate this milestone.
This is episode 259 of the podcast. Happy 80th Birthday Bob Dylan!