March 11, 2006

Marathon Packs has Dylan circa 1962

Bob Dylan on Cynthia Gooding’s Radio Show 3/11/1962
(from the excellent Marathon Packs music blog: head on over!)

“Here we have a 20-year old Bob Dylan, who’d just made his way to Greenwich Village and had already created quite a name for himself, sitting for an extended interview with New York radio host Cynthia Gooding and playing several songs to boot.

Throughout the hour-long program, he’s affable if not a bit shy, denying the “folk” tag, which he obviously should have—part of Dylan’s genius was that he was able to transcend simple generic convention, even before they’d been carved in stone through popular discourse. It’s completely taken for granted these days that new artists don’t want to be pigeonholed into a specific category, but Dylan was the first to preface this sort of artistic independence as part of his public persona (of course, it was reactionary—goaded on by clueless media-types looking for a figurehead).

Gooding seems awestruck during most of the interview segments—early on, sounding amazed that “there was just one man doing all that” and referring to “The Death of Emmitt Till” as being “the greatest contemporary ballad I’ve ever heard”.

It’s an amazing document of pre-Columbia debut Dylan.”

Head on over to Marathon Packs to get the show:

Lonesome Whistle Blues
Conversation #1
Fixin’ To Die
Conversation #2
Tell Me Baby
Conversation #3
Conversation #4
The Death Of Emmett Till
Conversation #5
Standing on the Highway
Conversation #6
Long John
Conversation #7
Stealin’
Conversation #8
Conversation #9
Baby Please Don’t Go
Conversation #10

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4 Comments »

  • Wow. Thanks for the post and files. Very nice, indeed! However the third track, Fixin’ To Die, has a buggered link. Just so you know!

    Kristen R. — March 11, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

  • I spoke too soon. There are a couple other files that won’t download either: Stealin’ and Baby Please Don’t Go.

    Kristen R. — March 11, 2006 @ 2:01 pm

  • I got them to work on the marathon site.

    thanks for another awesome hook up.

    Mike — March 11, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

  • Sorry guys! Three of the links were wonky, but they are fixed now! Have at it.

    heather — March 11, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

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