Tag Archives: Bob Dylan

Taylor Barton and G.E. Smith

Taylor Barton is an accomplished singer-songwriter and the author of a new children’s book, “Pedro ‘n’ Pip,” that not only has a strong environmental message, but also an original musical soundtrack, on which Taylor collaborated with her husband, legendary guitarist G.E. Smith.   We discussed why she chose a combination of music and narrative to reach kids with her message, as well how the book was inspired by being on tour with Bob Dylan — and what Bob might think about being portrayed in the book as a Rock and Roll Octopus!

Barney Hoskyns, author of “Small Town Talk”

Barney Hoskyns is the author of a fascinating new book, “Small Town Talk,” about the history of the music scene in Woodstock, New York.  He goes beyond the traditional views of Dylan & The Band (and of course the festival) and explores the characters & stories that made the town a continuing hotbed of music for decades.  We discussed Albert Grossman, Todd Rundgren vs. Andy Partridge, and much more in a brief but lively chat.

Elijah Wald, Author of “Dylan Goes Electric”

Elijah Wald is a musician and author (his book “How The Beatles Destroyed Rock & Roll” is a particular favorite of mine) whose latest is “Dylan Goes Electric: Newport, Seeger, Dylan and the Night That Split The Sixties.”  We discussed why that night at Newport in ’65 is still used as a cultural touchstone, why Pete Seeger is improperly cast as the villain in many versions of this story, and why the Rolling Stones might have had a greater influence on Dylan than The Beatles.

Woodstock Legend Wavy Gravy

Wavy Gravy called in to promote his upcoming one-man show.  We talked about his “rainbow bridge,” what happened to Bob Dylan’s original typewriter, and why I shouldn’t be ashamed for my generation because of Woodstock ’94 and ’99.