BBC FOUR - Autumn highlights 2005
The Bob Dylan Season
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 his life and work.
accompanies the Martin Scorsese two-part film No
Direction Home – Bob Dylan airing as an Arena special on
BBC TWO on 26 and 27 September.
Dylan in the Madhouse
Remarkably, Dylan's first ever televised performance of his
seminal hit Blowin' in the Wind was on a BBC play called
Madhouse on Castle Street.
Dylan in the Madhouse tracks 21-year-old Dylan's first ever visit to London in 1962 to take
part in the BBC play as the young anti-hero.
The play has been wiped but his song recordings have been
discovered by detective collectors who have dedicated
their lives to the recovery of Dylan material.
they exist only in crude audio, these are the
rarest Dylan recordings that exist.
brings them back to the BBC after 43
years of lying in an attic.
Dylan in the Madhouse also features
members of the production team
vividly recalling the making of the play
and its impact, plus contributions
from folk singers Peggy Seeger and Martin Carthy.
From the American folk singer Woody Guthrie to boxer
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, several of Dylan's songs capture
his fascination with the stories and lives of great American
Dylan's Legends uses specially-shot material and
archive to recreate the events that inspired Dylan to write
the songs Hurricane for the boxing hero; Lenny Bruce for
the pioneering comic; Blind Willie McTell for Blues legend
Willie McTell; and Song for Woody for his folk idol.
Talking Bob Dylan Blues
A tribute concert co-produced with the Barbican, Talking
Bob Dylan Blues features a broad array of singer-songwriters,
bands and artists from the UK and the US
inspired by the writing of Dylan.
The show celebrates
Dylan's songs, his influence, his guitar playing and his
Artists performing include Billy Bragg, Martin
Carthy, Liam Clancy, Robyn Hitchcock, K T Tunstall, Odetta,
Willy Mason and Razorlight.
Accompanying archive films include Pennebaker's 1967
portrait of Bob Dylan Don't Look Back; The Last Waltz,
Scorsese's film about Dylan's band; and Highway 61
Revisited from Arena's Tales of Rock and Roll series in 1993.