Matt Steichen interviews and swaps stories with fellow Bob Dylan fans he's encountered during 20-plus years of following the Never-Ending Tour. Follow him on Twitter at Matt_Stike and listen to his Stike's Choice YouTube series where he highlights Bob's greatest live performances.
Ed Newman is a writer, artist, historian, and big Bob Dylan fan. The Duluthian joins us this week and talks about how the internet expanded fan culture and led to the creation of his blog, how the song It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) helped him get through a traumatic moment in his childhood, his involvement in the Duluth Dylan Fest, the spiritual thread that runs through Bob's work, what makes Bob an interesting subject for artists, and the importance of Buddy Holly and the Duluth Armory to the Bob Dylan story.
You can read Ed's work and view his art at PioneerProductions.blogspot.com
We're joined by the co-founder of the Bob Dylan Fan Club, the only fan club started at Bob's personal request, Caroline Schwarz! Caroline attended her first Bob show in 1981 and hasn't looked back, attending over 300 over the last 40 years, most from her familiar spot on the rail. Check out thebobdylanfanclub.com and join 45,000 other fans on the group's Facebook page.
Penn State professor and author of Positively Main Street: An Unorthodox View of Bob Dylan, Toby Thompson, joins me for a discussion about his visits to the North Country, his time with Echo Helstrom, the Dylan camp's top-notch marketing skills, and his nearly 60 years of fandom.
You can buy Positively Main Street and Toby's other books on Amazon.
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What is The Bobcats? It's a podcast by Bob Dylan fans, for Bob Dylan fans, about Bob Dylan fans. Every episode, host Matt Steichen interviews a fellow fan about their life and their connection to Bob Dylan's music.