Bob Dylan 1971




Olof Björner


A summary of recording & concert activities,

releases, tapes & books.





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2      The Year At a glance



5      SONGS 1971

6      SOURCES


7.1       General background

7.2       Article compilations

7.3       Selected articles



1           INTRODUCTION

This year saw Dylan record in a number of sessions, but very little came out of it. Four songs ended up on the second greatest hits package and one on a single release. In August Dylan returns briefly the to stage for the surprise appearance at the benefit concert for Bangla Desh in Madison Square Garden. The performances are recorded by Phil Spector and later released on LP.


2           The Year At a glance



3           CALENDAR

6, 9 January

Telephone conversations between Dylan and A.J. Weberman about an intended article by Weberman.

8 February

Eat The Document is released and shown at the New York Academy of Music. This "documentary" was filmed and directed by D.A. Pennebaker (director of Don't Look Back) during the European part of the 1966 world tour. Dylan and Howard Alk later edited it.

4 March

Rolling Stone publishes an edited transcript of the Dylan-Weberman conversations.

16, 17, 18 March

Recording sessions at The Blue Rock Studios in New York with among others Leon Russell and Don Preston.

18, 22, 24 March

Dylan sits for an unpublished interview with Tony Glover conducted in four parts (two on 24 March) in his Manhattan office. The interview was originally intended for an article that Glover was to write for Esquire.

Mid May

Rumoured recording session with Elvis Presley at the RCA Studios in Nashville. A seventeen-track listing exists, but it is most improbable that this session ever took place.

24 May

Dylan spends his 30th birthday in Israel with Sara. They are photographed at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

Late May

Dylan and Sara visit the Givat Haim kibbutz to investigate the possibility to move there.

1 August

The Concerts For Bangla Desh at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

24 September

The Happy Traum sessions in New York City.

5 October

Recording session with David Bromberg.

30 October

Recording session with Allen Ginsberg & Friends.

4 November

George Jackson recording session in New York.

12 November

Release of the George Jackson single.

17 November

Release of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume 2

17 November

Recording sessions at The Record Plant in New York City with Allen Ginsberg & Friends.

20 December

Release of The Concert For Bangla Desh.




4           RECORDINGS


6 January

New York City

1st A. J. Weberman Telephone Conversation

9 January

New York City

2nd A. J. Weberman Telephone Conversation

16-19 March

New York City

1st Greatest Hits recording session

1 August

New York City

Bangla Desh Concerts

24 September

New York City

2nd Greatest Hits recording session

5 October

New York City

David Bromberg recording session

30 October

New York City

Allen Ginsberg TV program

4 November

New York City

George Jackson recording session

17, 20 November

New York City

Allen Ginsberg recording sessions


For details please refer to the corresponding Still On The Road session pages.


5           SONGS 1971


Watching The River Flow


When I Paint My Masterpiece


George Jackson


Wallflower [1]


Jimmy Berman Rag [2]


September On Jessore Road


Vomit Express




6           SOURCES

Tim Dunn

I Just Write 'Em As They Come.
Annotated Guide to the Writings of Bob Dylan

A Not-A-Ces Publishing Venture 1990.

Glen Dundas

Tangled Up In Tapes — 4th Edition

A Recording History of Bob Dylan

SMA Services, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 1999. Softcover 334 pages.

Clinton Heylin

A Life In Stolen Moments.

Bob Dylan Day By Day 1941-1995.

Schirmer Books 1996, 404 pages.

Clinton Heylin

Bob Dylan, The Recording Sessions 1960-1994

St. Martin's Press, 1995, 233 pages.

Michael Krogsgaard

Positively Bob Dylan. A Thirty-Year Discography, Concert & Record Session Guide 1960-1991.
Popular Culture, Ink. 1991. 500 pages




7.1       General background

Michael Gray

Song & Dance Man III. The Art Of Bob Dylan

Cassell 1999. Hardback 918 pages (!!)

Clinton Heylin

Behind The Shades. A Biography.

Summit Books 1991, 500 pages.

Anthony Scaduto

Bob Dylan. An intimate biography. New American Library 1973

Robert Shelton

No Direction Home. The Life and Music of Bob Dylan.
New American Library 1986.

Howard Sounes

Down The Highway. The Life Of Bob Dylan. Groove Press 2001.


7.2       Article compilations

Carl Benson (ed)

The Bob Dylan Companion — Four Decades of Commentary.

Schirmer Books, New York 1998. Softcover 306 pages.

Craig McGregor (ed)

Bob Dylan. A Retrospective. William Morrow 1972

Elizabeth M. Thomson (ed)

Conclusions On The Wall. New Essays On Bob Dylan.

Thin Man 1980


7.3       Selected articles

Allen Ginsberg interview – by M. Krogsgaard on January 10, 1983. The Telegraph No 11.

Happy Traum Interview – by Larry Jaffee, On The Tracks #5 (Fall 1995)





[1] Also recorded with Dough Sahm in October 1972.

[2] Written by Allen Ginsberg. It is uncertain whether Dylan contributed more than arranging ideas for this song, September on Jessore Road and Vomit Express.