Bob joins Stevie Wonder to present an award. Very 'naff. There is also a
short newsfilm clip of Dylan backstage with Wonder after the presentation.
1984 - Infidels
- *****1 song (5m)
Jokerman. Much better. Overlaying the lyrics was a great idea.
One of the very best Dylan video's. Check out Expecting
Rain's feature on 'Jokerman' for more info and stills.
Letterman Show - Rehearsal
****4 songs+ (20m)
I once knew a man/Licence to kill/Jokerman/Treat her right/My Guy Instrumental
Lively practice for what was to follow...
- ***** - 3 songs (15m)
Don't start me to talkin'/Licence to kill/Jokerman
Mine (and others) favourite. Dylan shows what he can do when he's in the
- Tour Europeo
- Arena Di Verona -
Italian TV Documentary
Jokerman/All Along The Watchtower (from 28/5)
Like A Rolling Stone/The Times They Are A-Changin'/Blowin' In The Wind/Tomnstone
Blues (from 29/5)
Contains footage from the two Verona shows, the Sirmione Press Conference
of the 28th and some 'walking round town surrounded by photographers' footage.
Released as an 'official' video in Italy in 1989.
- **31/5/84 - Hamburg - 4 songs (20m)
Like a rolling stone/Hattie Carroll/Blowin' in the wind/Tombstone blues
- Santana and Baez guest in this footage. Includes extracts from the earlier
- * 1 song (5m)
"Blowin' in the wind" rounds off a TV special that focuses on the
stage building and the audience. My copy only in B&W.
TV News -
*2 songs (i)
Clips from 'Tangled Up In Blue' and 'Like a Rolling Stone'
illustrate this short news piece on the Brussels show. My copy is B&W.
- * 1 song (2m)(i)
A few distant seconds of "Mr Tambourine Man" .
Also news clips for concerts in Basel, Rome, Milan and Offenbach are available
but I know nothing about them at the moment.
- Nice, France - **** - (13m)
Bob opens up (a little) to Antoines. One of the most watchable of the filmed
- Spanish TV
****4 songs (20m)
Rolling Stone/Mr Tambourine man/Don't think twice/Blowin' in the wind
Good performance, nicely shot for Spanish TV. With Carlos Santana on "Blowin'".
A potted video history is shown over "Rolling Stone"
- TV News *(2m)
Fragements of Jokerman in two news segments covering the Newcastle
Quinn MTV Interview
- Backstage, Wembley Stadium
Full tape of a friendly interview (only 2 minutes or so was actually shown
on MTV). No major revalations, but Martha's a sweetie and Bob seems happy
- Wembley Stadium
Highway 61/Hard rain/It ain't me, babe/Leopardskin pill-box hat/It's
all over now, baby blue/Tombstone blues/Senor/The times they are a-changin'/Blowin'
in the wind
The MTV cameraman that filmed the Martha Quinn interview follows Dylan on
to the stage for this film, shot mostly from the side or rear and with poor
sound. Unsurprisingly, this has never been shown on TV.
- Irish TV - RTE2 -
Bob says some nice things about the Clancy Brothers for a Clancy Brothers
documentary film, 'It's a long way from Tipperary and Armagh. The interview
was filmed prior to the Slane concert which also became notorious for a
drunken riot in a pub prior to the concert and attracted local and US news
coverage. At one time officially released on video.
December 1984 - Release of 26th Album, Real Live
- We are the World - Promotional Video - *1 song (6m) (5*3)
Bob sings his two lines in the U.S. Band Aid song. The 20/20 documentary
shown later in the year includes Bob in a few 'making of' scenes recording
June 1985 - Release of 27th Album, Empire Burlesque
- Live Aid
- **3 songs (15m)
Ballad of Hollis Brown/When the ship comes in/Blowin' in the wind/We
are the world
could have been Bob's finest hour is marred by back-stage noise and
poor support from Ron Wood and Keith Richards. Bob doesn't help by
suggesting that some of the money go to help poor farmers in the US. He
has the good sense to walk off half way through the finale.
- Sun City - Promotional Video*1 song (5m)
Another fleeting appearance as Bob mumbles a couple of lines in the Steve
Van Zandt anti-apartheid song.
- Empire Burlesque Promotional Video -
*1 song (5m)
Tight connection to your heart
Pretty awful, being so bad it's almost funny. In fact, I love it!
- Promotional Video source film - *(100m)
For masochists only. 100 minutes of out-takes of Bob and the band performing
'When the night comes falling from the sky' and 'Emotionally yours'. I've
watched it so you don't have to. My copy fairly poor black & white.
- Empire Burlesque Promotional Video - **1 song (6m)
When the night comes falling from the sky
Nothing special. Dave Stewart directs and features in this black and white
- Empire Burlesque Promotional Video - *1 song (5m)
Another weak effort really, Ronie Wood joins in at the end.
- 20/20 Bob Dylan TV Special - ABC-TV****(40m)
This contains a nice interview at Dylan's home in Malibu for a special aired
on 10 October 1985. Includes some LA Farm-Aid rehearsal footage, an out-take
from 'Don't Look Back' and some 'making of' clips for the 'We are the world'
song. A rare thing - a Bob Dylan documentary worth watching. The raw footage
of the interview (around another half hour or so) is now also available.
- Farm Aid Rehearsal -
Petty, Dylan and the band run through a few numbers prior to Farm Aid. Some
nice moments. Presumably shot by the 20/20 documentary crew?
- Farm Aid -
****4 songs (20m)
remember you/Trust yourself/Maggie's farm
Aid was a direct result of Dylan's comments at Live Aid. An all-star ensemble
including Willie Nelson and Tom Petty. Apparently, "Clean cut kid"
and "Lucky old sun" are also available, but 'zoomed out'.
- Charles Young Interview - MTV ***(9m)
looking, relaxed Dylan chats amicably to Young about this and that. A pleasant
piece of film.
- Biograph Launch - New York
to Dylan's 25 years in the music industry. Compliments from Billy Joel and
Roy Orbison shown on various TV News programmes. Bob is presented with a
Woody Guthrie sketch and a commemorative disc.
- Andy Kershaw Interview - Whistle Test - BBC TV **(10m)
and Dave Stewart play instrumentals and Andy Kershaw asks some stupid
questions. Bob puts up the shutters whilst Stewart steps in to explain the
'Live Aid' problems.