Wednesday, February 13, 2008

still ROCKIN' with Dylan_Dept. of Further Discovery, and remembering another pivotal shout-out

(above) on the UK tour in '66, location unknown, Dylan and limo a-waiting
(photo copyright Barry Feinstein)
(above) putting up with typical British weather
(photo copyright Barry Feinstein)
(above and below) EVIDENCE: Kevin Sauntrey WAS onstage (see people in chairs).
Sauntrey claims HE was the bloke who shouted to Dylan "Play it (expletive) LOUD"
just before the band launched into a rip-roarin' "Like a Rolling Stone."
(photographer likely Paul Kelly)



(above) finally, altho lo-res, the full, wide shot of Dylan at the Aust Ferry terminal
(photo copyright Barry Feinstein)
(above) another view of the Aust moment, rarely shown, of Dylan looking across the tidal flat
(photo copyright Barry Feinstein)


(above) Dylan and Richard Manuel of The Hawks listen to the
just-released BLONDE ON BLONDE album in a UK hotel room
(photo copyright Barry Feinstein)
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OK, so I'm still not done navigating through the UK leg of Bob Dylan's '66 world tour. That's because I was still unsure of the claim made by Kevin Sauntrey that he was seated onstage and was the guy who shouted "Play it (expletive) LOUD!" to Dylan and his bandmates in the momentary pause following the "Judas" shout and Dylan's peeved response, just following "Ballad of a Thin Man," and before "Like a Rolling Stone" concluded the pivotal May 17 concert in Manchester.
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Last night I was able to unearth photos, possibly taken by Paul Kelly, that clearly show audience members seated onstage. Furthermore, the booklet which accompanies the (sic) "Royal Albert Hall" concert CD (#4 in the official Bootleg Series issued by Columbia), states that "these photos show faces peering intently from a few feet behind the drum kit--literally surrounding the band."
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So I can sleep now. Still, unfortunately the marvelous live clip of the concert-closing "Like a Rolling Stone," surely that of the Manchester gig (which I showed you two blogs ago) just doesn't show the audience onstage, and that certainly had me puzzled.
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Other observations:
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Nice to see additional Barry Feinstein photos of Dylan with cars. This is a rock and car blog, y'know. Also, to finally unearth (in lo-res) the fullest, widest shot of the Aust Ferry Terminal moment.
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I also commend you to these:
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http://www.interferenza.com/bcs/interw/66-jan.htm the February, 1966 Playboy Mag interview wlth Dylan
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Two books: C.P. Lee's LIKE THE NIGHT: BOB DYLAN AND THE ROAD TO THE MANCHESTER FREE TRADE HALL (Helter Skelter Publishing, London, 1998) and John Bauldie's THE GHOST OF ELECTRICITY (1989), both great accounts of the '66 World Tour. An in-depth review of these books is at http://www.taxhelp.com/lee.html
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Drummer Mickey Jones also filmed the '66 tour, and has much to say at http://theband.hiof.no/articles/MickeyJonesBandBite6.html about his conviction that a roadie (and not Kevin Sauntrey) yelled "Play it (expletive) LOUD!" Hey, you can fight it out, boys.
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A fascinating interview with the lad, Kevin Butler, who most certainly yelled "Judas!" can be found at http://www.sonicyouth.com/dotsonics/lee/misc/dylan.html
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Finally (whew), let me wax nostalgic for a shouted moment that personally affected me. You can hear it on the Rolling Stones' GET YOUR YA YA'S OUT live album (1969). There's a similar moment between songs when you hear, "Paint it black, you devils!" and that says everything there is to say about rock & roll to me. I've even shouted it at Springsteen, at Graham Parker, at John Fogerty, at the Grateful Dead, The Who, (and of course the Stones themselves) when I was extremely moved to do so. There is no higher compliment, unless it's "Judas!"
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And I would say to Dylan too . . . Paint it black, you devil. Which of course he did, that night in Manchester, caught forever, for the ages. So it's over and out on this particular subject. . . for now.

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Mark Makin said...

Paul Kelly did NOT take the two pictures of Dylan at the Free Trade Hall in 1966. - I did.
"Mark Makin" Please change your credits/ OK?

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