SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Now playing…

Friday, Mar 31, 2006

Bob Dylan’s “Hard Rain” live album.

I bought the record when I was 14 after seeing his concert TV special. I never knew who he was before that. The only Dylan I knew anything about was Marshal Dylan from “Gunsmoke.”

Mr. Stone, my math teacher, made us watch it. Mr. Stone was a Dylan freak. In retrospect, a large number of the faculty were hippies, even though we were in a very conservative area up in Northwest Illinois (Hanover). I was doing AV duty that semester and after Mr. Stone showed the Dylan show in class I watched it almost every day for the rest of the year.

I was mesmerized by this angry poet with that giant, truly rocking band. There must’ve been 15 members of the Rolling Thunder Revue, with one guy just wandering around onstage playing the tambourine. (Stone said that was the job he wanted.) Hard Rain was one of the best commercial live albums ever made, only surpassed by some of Dylan’s “bootleg” series releases in the past decade. It’s a must-have.

After ordering Hard Rain from the local Ben Franklin (it was the only way to buy music in those parts), I bought a greatest hits collection and I was hooked forever. But when I was replacing my albums with CDs I never bought Hard Rain. I have no idea why.

Anyway, I downloaded Hard Rain from I-Tunes the other day (the difference in the modes of purchase - ordering at a local store in 1976 and waiting two weeks to a month for delivery, compared to downloading it immediately from a home computer in 2006 - are kinda stunning) The album is bringing back a rush of memories. But most of those are private and I need to get back to work, so that’s it for now.

Someone’s got it in for me, they’re planting stories in the press
Whoever it is I wish they’d cut it out quick,
but when they will I can only guess.
They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy,
She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me.
I can’t help it if I’m lucky.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


18 Comments
  1. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:56 pm:

    Idiot wind, blowing like a circle around my skull,
    From the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol.
    Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
    You’re an idiot, babe.
    It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.


  2. - Schiznitz - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:56 pm:

    With your funky 1970’s disco beard, I would have thought you more of a BeeGees fan.

    I can tell by the way you walk, you’re a woman’s man.


  3. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 12:15 am:

    Well, I try my best
    To be just like I am,
    But everybody wants you
    To be just like them.
    They sing while you slave and I just get bored.
    I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more.


  4. - Schiznitz - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 12:38 am:

    Good heavens Rich. Are you having a moment? You are a dancin’ man.

    You’re a woman’s man, no time to talk.
    Music loud and women warm, You’ve been kicked around since you were born.
    And now it’s alright, it’s ok,
    And you may look the other way
    We can try to understand,
    The political effect on man


  5. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 12:40 am:

    It’s a restless hungry feeling
    That don’t mean no one no good,
    When ev’rything I’m a-sayin’
    You can say it just as good.
    You’re right from your side,
    I’m right from mine.
    We’re both just one too many mornings
    An’ a thousand miles behind.


  6. - Schiznitz - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 1:39 am:

    Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother,
    You’re staying alive, staying alive.
    Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shaking,
    And we’re staying alive, staying alive
    Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha, staying alive, staying alive.
    Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha, staying alive


  7. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 1:45 am:

    People see me all the time,
    I guess they just can’t remember how to act
    Their minds are filled with false ideas, images and distorted facts.
    Even you, yesterday you had to ask me where it was at,
    I couldn’t believe after all these years, you didn’t know me better than that


  8. - Hanover native - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 3:22 am:

    Hey Rich, I bet you ordered that album from Mother, she worked at the Ben Franklin for over 20 years. I think Jack Stone is now retired, as are most of the other teachers from that era.


  9. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 3:25 am:

    LOL. Yeah, I did. She ran that place with an iron hand. I wonder where Stone is now. Send me an email and let’s catch up.


  10. - Hanover native - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 3:35 am:

    Rich, I think Jack Stone still lives in Prophetstown. I can’t believe that he drove that far everyday. I saw him a year or so ago and I thought he said he was retired, but he may have said he was going to be retiring. You did know that that Hanover & Elizabeth High School consolidated in 1985, now River Ridge?


  11. - James T Kirk - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 7:10 am:

    Dylan is cool, hey Rich can I come over I got a new bong.


  12. - Peter - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 8:30 am:

    Hard Rain is a great album, it also has a great version of One Too Many Mornings. As for Idiot Wind if you don’t have the version off of the Bootleg Series Rare and Unreleased you should check it out.


  13. - steve schnorf - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 10:07 am:

    This is all very interesting; I never listened to much Dylan. But since we are all quoting lyrics, one of my favorites is from “Pop-A-Top”, “a row of fools on a row of stools”.


  14. - anon - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 10:12 am:

    XRT was playing “Tangled Up In Blue” right when I was getting to the office this morning. Had to stay in the car until it was over. Then one of the first things I read this morning is this thread. That rush of memories I’m getting is coming a little to early in the day for my age. Need to keep those in check until at least happy hour. At least its Friday, maybe I can start earlier.

    Not to go too far off subject but if anyone gets into a Beatles mood check out this website.
    Subject: Juggling to the Beatles

    This is a truly amazing video clip…. don’t think you’ve seen it all until you see the ending…. the drum solo is awesome…. click on the link and enjoy.

    Click on this link:

    http://marketplace.espeakers.com/movie.php?sid=5290&aid=10558

    Watch the whole thing.


  15. - bardo - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 10:13 am:

    Well done, Rich.

    Idiot Wind is an outstanding Dylan tune. And I agree with Peter, the version on Bootleg Series is worth a listen.

    I think a weekly Dylan post on Friday is in order…


  16. - anon - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 10:19 am:

    Anybody who wants to play along with Rich check out this website for the words.

    http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/index.html


  17. - Elmer "Mr GOP" Hoffman - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 11:06 am:

    I don’t know how I never heard of this record, but after reading this I plan on getting it.

    Thanks Rich.


  18. - SenorAnon - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 12:49 pm:

    “They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy,
    She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me.
    I can’t help it if I’m lucky.”

    So wait…you mean Hootie and the Blowfish didn’t write that line? ;)


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Next week's pressers
* Today's long story
* Rauner approval rating: 40-36
* AP and Chicago Tribune - Study: Exelon subsidy would cost $1.6B over 5 years
* Question of the day
* Illinois Credit Unions – A Smarter Choice
* Advertisers behaving badly
* Your daily "right to work" roundup
* *** UPDATED x1 *** It's just a bill...
* Ford plant reaches 100,000 cop car milestone
* House approves marijuana tickets
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* More cuts announced
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Google Nexus disappoints, Nokia Android phone, Apple Watch & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 4 gets technical acceptance for Lollipop, update slated for next week
        * Cricket bolsters monthly plans with unlimited talk and text to Canada
        * Chrome Beta 43 for Android released with significant performance improvements
        * Say goodbye to the Nexus 7 as Google pulls listing from store page
        * [Deal] Pick up a discounted Pioneer Android Auto stereo through Amazon
        * Google apologizes for crude Apple image in Google Maps

        * ASUS’ Latest 27-Inch Full HD Monitor With ASUS Eye Care Technology
        * Play Monster Hunter Frontier G High Grade Edition On iiyama’s Latest 15.6-Inch Full HD Gaming Notebook
        * Get This Affordable Full HD Car DVR From Cubot
        * Lenovo’s New K80 4G LTE-Enabled Android 5.0 Smartphone With 4GB RAM
        * Starbucks Network Snafu Results In Free Coffee For Everyone
        * Lumia 830’s Discontinuation Hints At Lumia 840’s Impending Arrival
        * Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Release Date Leaked, Set For 6th November

        * Danks eyes first win in rematch with Volquez, Royals
        * Abreu escapes injury scare on rundown
        * Tied White Sox-Royals game suspended due to rain
        * White Sox-Royals game suspended in ninth due to rain
        * Abreu stays in game after rundown scare
        * White Sox's Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted
        * White Sox avoid turning brawl with Royals into war of words after

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Why isn't Mike Madigan voting on bills?..
        * IDOT launches month-long infrastructure ‘listen.....
        * Medicaid hit with $106 million cut from budget .....
        * 10 Questions: The Pekin Daily Times news quiz..
        * How the Midwest Is Scaling Back Big Labor’s Spe.....
        * County avoids Rauner labor debate..


        * Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests
        * Medicaid hit with $106 million cut from Illinois budget deal
        * Chicago Armenians mark centennial of genocide of 1.5M
        * Authorities: Ottawa man killed, cremated in burn pile
        * Sheriff describes security lapse that led to Kankakee escape
        * Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data
        * Judge grants delay in Illinois fatal bank robbery trial
        * Judge rules Chicago man can stand trial for SIU threats
        * Oprah's household items going to highest bidder
        * Chicago mayor taps CTA director to be chief of staff

        * State budget fix includes $106M in Medicaid cuts
        * House passes bill to create high-speed rail oversight panel
        * Bill would allow students to opt out of state tests
        * Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data
        * House passes bill to create high speed rail oversight panel
        * House passes bill treating marijuana possession like speeding ticket
        * Bill banning indoor e-cigarettes won't be called for vote
        * Services for homeless, rape victims among cuts disclosed by Rauner
        * Rauner releases detailed list of budget cuts
        * State lawmakers fast-track bill on Obama library, Lucas museum

        * Obamacare's a magnet for young invincibles
        * Teacher, what's white-collar crime?
        * Chicago mental health provider to close doors
        * United CEO's pay soars to $12.7 million
        * Formento's offers a modern take on old school


          * Starbucks to reopen stores after computer glitch affects 8,000 U.S., Canadian locations
          * Questions after Indiana school stage collapse injures 16
          * Cab drivers robbed at knifepoint in Ravenswood, cops say
          * Man killed, boy seriously wounded, 2 other teens shot in city attacks
          * Couple finds body in Dyer pond
          * Jury in Wisconsin suitcase slaying can't hear about other death, judge rules
          * Elgin man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting child in 2010
          * Documents: Argument over boyfriend before Wisconsin teen killed parents
          * Drew Peterson police pension hearing begins in Bolingbrook
          * Man killed in Aurora crash Friday


          * Illinois prisons chief says union contracts causing problems
          * Sheriff Dart to investigate unlicensed rehab centers
          * Rauner's first 100 days: The fight between unions and Rauner
          * Large provider of Chicago mental health services, C4, is closing
          * After detective’s acquittal in fatal shooting, prosecutors face criticism
          * Mayor Emanuel taps CTA director to be chief of staff
          * Portage Park church mourns 'favorite son' Cardinal George
          * Lawmakers fast-track bill on Obama library, Lucas museum
          * Emanuel announces more FAA meetings on O'Hare noise
          * Cook County prosecutor to try new approach to drug crimes


          * Deckle McLean: Independent voters the new political wild card
          * Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran
          * State budget fix includes $106M in Medicaid cuts
          * House passes bill to create high-speed rail oversight panel
          * Bill would allow students to opt out of state tests
          * Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data
          * House passes bill treating marijuana possession like speeding ticket
          * Bill banning indoor e-cigarettes won't be called for vote
          * Zach Mottl: Illinois companies need the Export-Import Bank
          * E.J. Dionne: The Gingrich-Adams lesson


          * Open Line
          * Lena 'Jane' Emery
          * Delores Bowen
          * Wendy Hartlieb
          * Bradley Hill
          * Galen Henderson
          * Mary Hodges
          * Dean Hollensbe
          * Michael Douglas
          * Wanda Benton


          * Thousands honor soldiers on 100th year of Gallipoli battle
          * Gerrit Cole pitches Pirates to 4-1 win over Diamondbacks
          * Leonard leads Spurs to 100-73 win over Spurs and 2-1 lead
          * Wild beat Blues 4-1 behind Dubnyk, take 3-2 series lead
          * Slota's sharp as Lakes shuts out Warren

          * Damaged goods? - And a campaign roundup
          * Will Urban League's Zopp enter Senate race...
          * Congresswoman Duckworth joins local reside...
          * RHA Grant Going Towards Ending Veteran Hom...
          * Marine Veteran Hauled Before Union Board a...
          * Grand Opening Ceremony for SouthWorks Make...
          * Instapundit shares shocking claim of sexua...
          * Senate races in 2016 look poised to set sp...
          * Local veteran to receive medals 47 years a...
          * POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall co-sponsors bi...

          * Tom Cotton prepares for Patriot Act battle...
          * Displaced Southern California Edison Worke......

          * Lynch confirmed: DOJ lawlessness to continue...
          * Senators announce "Aaron Swartz Should Hav......

          * Video Pranksters Torment Chicago Drivers With Fake Tickets
          * “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
          * How ugly will the legislative battle be?
          * A Letter from the Grant Township Assessor
          * Liberland
          * Illinois homeless veterans to get $675K in additional housing and support services
          * Illinois home prices move closer to pre-recession levels
          * Haven’t renewed? Keep calm and turn to IAR for managing broker license assistance
          * As sewer video bill dies, your call against property lien bill is needed, too!
          * March Illinois housing data reports available in Spanish


          * IDPH Moves to Eliminate Meningococcal Meningitis - New Vaccination Requirements for Adolescents
          * YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! kicks off statewide as preparations begin for new server training law
          * Emergency Management Officials Launch Weather Alert Radio Contest - ‘Weather Alert Radios Save Lives’ contest promotes awareness; 100 radios to be awarded
          * IDOT Launches Statewide Listening Tour to Discuss Illinois Infrastructure Needs, Priorities
          * Illinois Student Assistance Commission Encourages Families To Learn About Personal Finance During Money Smart Week Event





              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller