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During his Dinkytown days, Zimmerman began introducing himself as "Bob Dylan". [25] [a 1] In his memoir, he said he hit upon using this less common variant for Dillon – a surname he had considered adopting – when he unexpectedly saw some poems by Dylan Thomas . [26] Explaining his change of name in a 2004 interview, Dylan remarked, "You're born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free." [27]

The THE BAND Band has shared the stage with notables such as Richie Havens, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Aztec Two-Step, and Marshall Crenshaw. The individual players have performed with original Band members Rick Danko and Levon Helm, as well as Bruce Springsteen, David Amram, Chuck Berry, John Hall, Steve Forbert, Roy Rogers, Robbie Dupree, Max Weinberg, Maria Muldaur, Genya Ravan, Jimmy Vivino, The Tokens, and others.

In Bob Dylan Performing Artist , Crawdaddy ! founder Paul Williams wrote of the '74 tour, "The performances that resulted are not among the best of his career; but they are frequently very moving and represent a crucial transition: Dylan's reclaiming of the stage as a performing artist." True enough, for whatever the shows lacked in subtlety and nuance, they more than made up for with passion. Dylan and the Band sound most at home in performance; like ducks to water, they belong onstage, and back on the deck, it's as if the intervening eight years away from each other and the big stage never happened. And while the consensus among so-called Dylan experts may be that this era was not his finest hour, in terms of pure, authentic rock'n'roll rendered without smoke, mirrors or effects, Dylan and the band come as close to perfect here as imperfection gets. It's safe to say the crowd in attendance was satisfied, based on the sustained reverence of their cheers at the recording's end: they've witnessed greatness and they seem to know it. Prepare to be knocked out.

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Bob Dylan and the Band both needed the celebrated reunion tour of 1974, since Dylan 's fortunes had been floundering since Self Portrait and the Band stumbled with 1971's Cahoots. The tour, with its attendant publicity, definitely returned both artists to center stage, and it definitely succeeded, breaking box office records and earning great reviews. Before the Flood , a double-album souvenir of the tour, suggests that these were generally dynamic shows, but not because they were reveling in the past, but because Dylan was fighting the nostalgia of his audience -- nostalgia, it must be noted, that was promoted as the very reason behind these shows. Yet that's what gives this music such kick -- Dylan reworks, rearranges, reinterprets these songs in ways that are still disarming, years after its initial release. He could only have performed interpretations this radical with a group as sympathetic, knowing of his traits as the band, whose own recordings here are respites from the storm. And this is a storm -- the sound of a great rocker, surprising his band and audience by tearing through his greatest songs in a manner that might not be comforting, but it guarantees it to be one of the best live albums of its time. Ever, maybe.

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