Hardinge Simpole

Olof's Files Index
A Bob Dylan Performance Guide
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By Bjoerner, Olof
ISBN 1843820242
SERIES Bob Dylan all alone on a shelf
Paperback  384 pages
Subject [Music ] [Folk music ] [Contemporary popular music ] [Rock & pop ] [Performing music ]
Published October 2002
UK Price £27.95   
US Price $49.50   

This volume contains a number of indices and a listing of all sessions 1958 - 2000. Each index contains an alphabetic listing of names and for each name a list of Dylan session numbers (DSN). Chapter 6 contains a list of all sessions in DSN order. The Artist index contains the names of all artists that have played with Bob Dylan and where we have a recording. The index is sorted alphabetically on the artistís surname. This index starts with a Top Ten list of the artists that have played most times with Bob Dylan. The Song index lists all known performed songs in alphabetical order. If a song was played more than once during a session it is only represented once in the index by that DSN. Songs are separated in terms of type of rendition. The following rendition types exist: electric, acoustic (solo), acoustic with backing, rendition starts acoustic and ends electric, instrumental rendition. Type of rendition is given after the song name if it is not electric. A certain performance can be live or studio, and it can be released or unreleased. The font shows the type of performance, e.g. a released live performance is shown with an italic DSN. A detailed explanation is given in chapter 2. There is also a list of the twenty most performed songs. The State and Country index lists all states where Bob Dylan has performed or recorded. The index starts with a top ten table and a table showing sessions per region (America, Asia etc). The following federal countries have their states or provinces listed in this index: USA, Canada, Australia. The four parts of the United Kingdom are treated as separate countries. The Location index lists all locations where Bob Dylan has performed or recorded. The index starts with a top ten table. Please note that the political changes in Europe during the last fifteen years or so have meant that new countries have been born and that the same location thus can be represented by more than one entry. Berlin, for example has three entries, and Ljubljana has two. Finally the Venue index lists all venues. The name of a venue is however not a very well defined entity. Sometimes the same venue can be called City Arena, sometimes City Civic Center Arena, and sometimes just Civic Center. In addition to this arenas are given new names over time. Thus Hammersmith Odeon in London is the same as Labattís Apollo. It has not been possible at this point to unify venue names or to create a cross-reference list. Venue names are those reported at the time when the session took place.

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