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Bob Dylan made me cry last night
Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:25 am
I still say the Dylan thing most worth owning is the gig he did in Manchester "Live 1966" (despite what it says on the sleeve about the Royal Albert Hall - that's wrong, it really was recorded in Manchester, I've got stuff to prove it) when these people got all upset that he went electric. They were trying to keep out the US musical influence, these folky people, including Kristy MacColl's dad, Ewan MacColl, who was a famous UK songwriter of the 60's. And then Dylan just came to Manchester and upset the status quo. And the first two songs where he goes electric - "Tell Me, Momma" & "I Don't Believe You" - I just started weeping last night when I heard these. And I suddenly realized it wasn't the first time I'd been drunk and wept over them. That was a revelation. I'm actually not a very big Dylan fan, though I've tried several of his albums, but it seems to me that Manchester gig is the happiest he has ever made me, and probably will ever make me.
Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:33 am
I still love the fact that Kirsty MacColl's dad was from Manchester. I'd like to hear some of his music, I don't know if I ever have. I think the Pogues covered him, though. Something like that.
So yeah I am enjoying this book about music in Manchester, it's called "Shake Rattle & Roll". It tells about the Folk clubs there in the 60's, and how the police managed to get a law passed in parliament that enabled them to close down all these amazing clubs that did all-nighters and had kids dressed in well...they were challenging the status quo, those kids. Also it reminded me I need to read Jack Kerouac's On the Road I've meant to read that for years and years and never have.
In the book it is just now starting to get to Martin Hannett's organization in the 70's called Music Force, which represented a phoenix out of the ashes of all these folk clubs closing due to the police.
sometimes the writing in the book is very clumsy and annoying, but considering the subject matter, I'm willing to pardon the dude.
It's called "Shake, Rattle & Rain: Popular Music making in Manchester 1955-1995" by C.P. Lee. This guy knew Martin Hannett personally.