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SERIES EDITOR ANTHONY WALL ARENA: NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN 26 TH AND 27 TH SEPTEMBER ON BBC TWO ACCOMPANIED BY A SEASON EXPLORING DYLAN S WORK ON BBC FOUR CONTENTS BBC TWO ARENA NO DIRECTION HOME:
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SERIES EDITOR ANTHONY WALL ARENA: NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN 26 TH AND 27 TH SEPTEMBER ON BBC TWO ACCOMPANIED BY A SEASON EXPLORING DYLAN S WORK ON BBC FOUR CONTENTS BBC TWO ARENA NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN OVERVIEW CONTRIBUTORS and PERFORMANCE FOOTAGE BBC FOUR DYLAN SEASON ARENA: DYLAN IN THE MADHOUSE ARENA: DYLAN S LEGENDS TALKING BOB DYLAN BLUES at the Barbican FILMS FROM THE ARCHIVE THE SEASON ONLINE The BBC s dedicated Bob Dylan site will contain a whole host of supporting material to go with the historic broadcasts on BBC Two and BBC Four. The site will feature picture galleries, video outtakes, reviews, profiles of Dylan and major associates, a Dylan timeline, celebrity features, stories and pictures from Bob fans. All this, plus competitions to win DVDs, Books and CDs. PART ONE: 26 TH SEPTEMBER PART TWO: 27 TH SEPTEMBER There is no simple way to tell Bob Dylan s story. The painting is too large. Focus on one small aspect, and you miss the big picture. It s a story of American culture in transition, of music in the air, of politics and of art, of literature and of poetry. Drawing from hundreds of hours of unseen footage and rare recordings, in-depth interviews and revealing photographs, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, directed by Martin Scorsese, strikes a remarkable balance telling the story of one man s journey and at the same time placing that story within the greater canvas of human events. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan starts in the eye of the hurricane. Bob Dylan, live, 1966 in front of a hostile audience inflamed by his decision to electrify his music. There are boos, cat calls, fans streaming out. On stage, in newly discovered footage, is Dylan singing Like a Rolling Stone. It s hard to imagine anyone walking out on this performance, much less booing it. A story told in flashbacks, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan intertwines the immediacy of Bob Dylan s controversial 1966 tour of the British Isles with his remarkable personal and musical journey. PRODUCERS ANTHONY WALL JEFF ROSEN NIGEL SINCLAIR SUSAN LACEY MARTIN SCORSESE A production of BBC Arena, Spitfire Pictures, Grey Water Park Productions, thirteen/wnet/pbs, Sikelia Productions In co-production with Vulcan Productions and NHK in association with Box TV Part one is a portrait of the artist as a young man. It traces Bob Dylan s journey from a rock n roll-loving kid in the Midwest to his arrival as a major musical force in the world of folk music. His high school teacher recounts a disastrous rock n roll appearance at the local talent show and a school friend plays one of Dylan s first recorded songs. In his own words, Dylan tells viewers how he became smitten with folk music as the story shifts scenes from the iron range in Minnesota to Greenwich Village in New York City. An amazing cast of characters is introduced Dave Van Ronk, the King of the Greenwich Village folk clubs; Joan Baez, the Queen of the folk music world; Allen Ginsberg, America s beat poet laureate. And most importantly, the wide range of music that influenced the young Bob Dylan is explored. Dylan s fame and notoriety grows, his skill as a performer matures rapidly and the songs begin to pour out; Blowin in the Wind, Hard Rain s A-Gonna Fall, Masters of War, Don t Think Twice It s All Right and many more. Part one ends at what seems to be the dawn of a new generation. Dylan, hands intertwined with musician Pete Seeger, The Freedom Singers and Odetta singing Blowin in the Wind at the closing night at the Newport Folk Festival in Part two sees the story turns dark. At 23, Bob Dylan is already a newsworthy phenomenon, capable of filling Carnegie Hall without ever having a hit song on the radio. And with that success come expectations: expectations from the old left to become a political activist, expectations from the media to articulate the concerns of America s youth. It s a role in which Dylan is completely uninterested. And Dylan is already on the move, finding a new musical vocabulary to capture the complexity of a seismic cultural shift. He injects a heightened sense of poetry into his writing. He adds electricity to his music; electricity that now seems inevitable, but at the time labeled him a sell-out and a traitor. At a disastrous concert at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 his electrified instruments set the audience in turmoil. Director Martin Scorsese delicately balances Dylan s internal world with signpost images from the external world. Dylan s music is the backdrop as the war in Vietnam escalates, the free speech movement in Berkeley signals a new youth movement, and the nightly news brings home images people would never have dreamed of seeing on their television sets. Scorsese takes the time to let viewers really see the music unfold in revelatory concert performances. And now the past catches up to the present era that is the starting point for the film. It is 1966: Desolation Row, Mr Tambourine Man and Visions of Johanna echo against a changing worldwide landscape and resonate in Dylan s personal world of constant touring and press conferences. By the end of the film Scorsese has taken viewers on an emotional, musical and intellectual journey. And it is plainly obvious, for Dylan and indeed for everyone, that there are some journeys from which there is No Direction Home. CONTRIBUTORS IN NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN From Joan Baez to Allen Ginsberg, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan features the anecdotes and contributions of key people who were on the scene during Dylan s key creative years of They include: Joan Baez: musician Liam Clancy: musician John Cohen: musician, photographer Allen Ginsberg: poet Tony Glover: musician Bob Johnston: record producer Mickey Jones: musician Dick Kangas: high school friend Al Kooper: musician Bruce Langhorne: musician Harold Leventhal: concert producer, artist manager Mitch Miller: record company executive, musician Artie Mogull: music publisher Maria Muldaur: musician Paul Nelson: journalist Bobby Neuwirth: musician, artist D.A. Pennebaker: filmmaker Suze Rotolo: artist Pete Seeger: musician Mark Spoelstra: musician Mavis Staples: musician Dave Van Ronk: musician Peter Yarrow: musician Izzy Young: Folklore Center owner FOOTAGE OF KEY DYLAN PERFORMANCES IN NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN No Direction Home Bob Dylan features some of Bob Dylan s most remarkable performances from that time period, captured in rare and previously unseen footage. They include: Man of Constant Sorrow Television, 1963 A Hard Rain s A-Gonna Fall Television, 1964 Blowin In the Wind Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963 With God on Our Side Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963 Chimes of Freedom Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1964 Mr. Tambourine Man Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1964 It s Alright Ma Live in Europe, 1965 Maggie s Farm Live at Newport Folk Festival, 1965 Like a Rolling Stone Live at Newport Folk Festival, 1965 It s All Over Now, Baby Blue Live at Newport Folk Festival, 1965 Mr. Tambourine Man Live in Europe, 1966 Desolation Row Live in Europe, 1966 Just Like Tom Thumb s Blues Live in Europe, 1966 Ballad of a Thin Man Live in Europe, 1966 Like a Rolling Stone Live in Europe, 1966 Bob Dylan, unquestionably one of the most revered and influential musicians of the past century, is celebrated this autumn on BBC FOUR with a season of new and archive films exploring the life and work of Bob Dylan. New Productions: ARENA: DYLAN IN THE MADHOUSE ARENA: DYLAN S LEGENDS TALKING BOB DYLAN BLUES at the Barbican Archive Films: D.A. PENNEBAKER: DON T LOOK BACK M. SCORSESE: THE LAST WALTZ ARENA: HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED DYLAN IN THE MADHOUSE Remarkably, Bob Dylan first visited Britain to take part in a BBC play. It was the coldest winter on record: Britain was frosty and grey. Millions of milk bottles were buried in snow drifts, Cliff was number one, and there were two TV channels and three radio stations (all BBC). This was the world a 21 year old Bob Dylan entered when he visited London for the first time in December 1962, having never left America before. Dylan had been spotted playing in a Greenwich Village club by enfant-terrible TV director Philip Saville. Saville felt he d be perfect for the part of Lennie, the rebellious young lead in a high profile BBC drama Madhouse on Castle Street. Despite his total lack of acting experience, Dylan was hired for a substantial fee, brought over to the UK and put up at one of London s poshest hotels, The Mayfair. He was in London for three weeks. He introduced himself to the folk scene, which was a direct parallel of the one he d left behind in New York. Both were leftish, vibrant, cultish affairs that would provide Dylan with the spring board to transform popular music singlehandedly. As for the play, it exposed Dylan to Britain s disturbing and surreal new genre of so called boarding house drama. Madhouse on Castle Street is set in a boarding house somewhere in England. One of the tennants, Walter Tompkins, has retired to his room and vows never to come out again. Dylan sang four songs including the first ever broadcast of Blowin in the Wind. The BBC wiped the play in 1968 and it s since become the Holy Grail of missing Dylan archive. Arena goes in search of that lost treasure, finding the rarest ever Dylan tracks along the way and exploring the bizarre, magical, not to say hilarious story of the first time Bob Dylan was let loose in London. With contributions from director Philip Saville, Evan Jones who wrote the play, folk legends Martin Carthy and Peggy Seeger and supreme Dylan collector, Ian Woodward. A LONESTAR PRODUCTION DYLAN S LEGENDS From the American folk singer Woody Guthrie to boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter, over the years, Dylan has written songs capturing his fascination with the stories and lives of real people alive and dead. Dylan s Legends focuses on four of these people and tells the true story of each of those individuals, with Dylan s song as its musical theme. WOODY GUTHRIE The great folk singer/songwriter, Woody Guthrie, was Dylan s idol. His ferocious, funny, beautiful songs and style were the basis for Dylan s own early vocals guitar and harmonica. Song to Woody is his tribute. RUBIN HURRICANE CARTER Rubin Hurricane Carter was a contender for the world middleweight crown. Then in 1967 he was convicted of murdering three men in a New Jersey bar. He languished in jail for 18 years until his innocence was finally proved and he was acquitted in Dylan wrote a furious saga in the song of the events of the night of the shooting. Hurricane was his contribution to right the wrong done to Rubin Carter. LENNY BRUCE New Yorker Lenny Bruce was the most notorious and influential comic of the 60 s. In spring 1962, at the invitation of Peter Cook, he played a season at London s legendary Establishment Club. It captivated packed houses night after night but was denounced in the press as obscene. When he returned to London the following year, Tory Home Minister, Henry Brooke was ready for him: he barred Bruce entry, citing him as an undesirable alien. Dylan s Legends tells the story of Bruce s brief confrontation with the old British establishment as it gasped its last breaths. BLIND WILLIE McTELL No-one could play the blues like Blind Willie McTell, sings Dylan in one of his most haunting masterpieces. McTell was a blind itinerant musician from Georgia who, by chance and almost alone among blues musicians of his generation, was able to tell his story on record as well as sing it. Legendary folklorist John Lomax happened to spot him playing and singing on an Atlantic street corner. In the recordings that he made, McTell talks poignantly about his life and music. Dylan was captivated by McTell s moving story and his exquisite slide guitar as a microcosm for the whole experience of the blues in the southern states of America in the first half of the 20th century. A LONESTAR PRODUCTION DYLAN S LEGENDS WOODY GUTHRIE RUBIN HURRICANE CARTER LENNY BRUCE WILLIE McTELL A LONESTAR PRODUCTION TALKING BOB DYLAN BLUES A BBC MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION A tribute concert co-produced with the Barbican, Talking Bob Dylan Blues celebrates Dylan s songs, his influence, his guitar playing and his delivery. All of the performers will offer their own individual view on Dylan s influence and significance to them personally. This concert, to be screened on BBC Four, assembles a broad range of singer songwriters, bands and artists from the UK and US inspired by the writing of Dylan, including revered UK folk guitarist Martin Carthy, American blues and folk legend Odetta, UK rock combo Razorlight, hotly tipped lo-fi blues folk singer Willy Mason and the Baird of Barking Billy Bragg. Also featured are Liam Clancy, Robyn Hitchcock, Barb Jungr with more artists to be confirmed. A song-writer for over 40 years, there is currently a renewed interest in Dylan s craft and in those early songs that came out of the folk tradition leading up to the cataclysmic moment when he and the band went 'electric' in 1965. FILMS FROM THE ARCHIVE DON T LOOK BACK Directed By D. A. Pennebaker Pennebaker s 1967 portrait of Bob Dylan THE LAST WALTZ Directed By Martin Scorsese Scorsese s film about Dylan s band HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED Directed By James Marsh Arena s Tales of Rock and Roll series
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