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Episode: Connections: Bob Dylan 79th Birthday Special

May 21, 2020 episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks. It's a Bob Dylan Birthday Special with a wide variety of music from different eras. An exploration that includes alternate takes, outtakes and rarities, along with well known songs that don't get played on radio as often as they should. Some of these explorations include multiple takes and false starts from the expanded super deluxe boxed set of the Cutting Edge, showing how Bob, the musicians and the producer quickly changed and refined the songs on Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde until they became the recordings we've all known and loved for all these years. The boxed set is incredibly well mixed by my friend Steve Addabbo. It feels like you're right there in the studio!! Other songs are whatever popped into my head at the moment, including some rarities. 

It's also a low key fundraiser for WPKN.  

Great thanks to Bob Dylan for so many brilliant songs from so many different times, and for continually taking chances and pushing things further… for himself and all of us. Thanks to Bob and his band mates for the many live performances I've been lucky enough to have seen, enjoying both the music and his ability stay in the moment, willing to invent and reinvent himself and the music. Great thanks for Bob's humor. Thanks for simply being there!!! 

Bob's work will last for many centuries. We're all lucky to have been here during this time. 

Thanks to author Paul S. Williams (founder of Crawdaddy Magazine) for opening windows on ways to experience Dylan, his music and his performances. To go deeper, please seek out any of his books, especially the Bob Dylan Performing Artist series.

Additional thanks to Chris and Annette for joining me on this show and to all who enjoy listening to WPKN 89.5 on terrestrial radio, online at wpkn.org, TuneIn Radio and/or in the archives. 

If you'd like, you can still donate to the station online at wpkn.org or by calling 203-331-9756 during business hours. 

Note: The show was originally scheduled to be less than two hours. In a nice surprise for me, it was expanded spontaneously to about three and a half hours. It let me have additional fun, going into a number of different directions.

Thanks for tuning in!!! 


Last Friday's May 15th episode is still here in archives. 

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For info, updates and occasional videos, articles and photos, please join the Facebook page Connections on WPKN 

Show: Connections... with Eric Cocks

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Explores the connections between songs, songwriters, musicians, producers and people... often in surprising ways.

Vital, intelligent music with true artistic vision. Or just because it sounds good...

Includes extended features on specific artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles and far more. Also comedy by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner and others with a rock and roll renegade attitude. In depth explorations of early electronic music (and how it relates to current music). Vital new music that deserves to be heard. Surf music. Garage bands. British invasion. Rock and Roll. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, The Blues Magoos, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dr Fiorella Terenzi, Beethoven, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Nilsson, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Tame Impala, Grimes, The Pretenders, Blondie, Caitlin Rose, Juana Molina, Mojo Mancini, Elliott Randall, Marshall Chapman, Jessy Lanza, Big Star, demos, rarities, unreleased new music and far more may be part of any given show. Also live interviews of performers, writers, producers, engineers, session musicians and people behind the scenes. Plus unexpected surprises...

Previous in depth interviews include Sam Phillips, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, author/comedian Paul Krassner, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Neil Innes of The Rutles, Tommy James, legendary session musician Carol Kaye, Warren Zanes, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Rod Argent of The Zombies, Oscar Winning Composer Alan Menken, Patty Larkin and more. All are available in archives for about 385 days. (Maybe that'll get extended some day.) Stay tuned for future interviews and special features.

The show will keep changing over time.

Tune in every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of each month at the new  time of  4 to 7 pm eastern. Also special editions at other times. Available live over the air at 89.5, online at http://wpkn.org, tunein radio or listen later in the WPKN archives.

For further info, updates, news, videos and special features, please check the FaceBook site: Connections on WPKN

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