Bob Dylan performed at UC Riverside 57 years ago. Here’s what we know – Press Enterprise – Riverside, California

Riverside, California 2021-02-23 18:36:01 –

One thing you need to know about me is that Bob Dylan is my favorite musician. Many of the facts of his life and career are embarrassingly familiar to me, as if we were involved. I’m not above Dylan’s obsession, but unless there’s tinnitus, we’re within the screaming distance.

Imagine the surprise when you learned that Dylan performed at a concert at the University of California, Riverside on February 25, 1964. It was new to me that the so-called voice of his generation was played at the Inland Empire during his folk era.I don’t think he’s back in IE 1993 show at Glen Helen Amphitheater Almost 30 years later.

Dylan’s public life is so well documented that the second surprise was that only the date and location of the UCR show was known. He became a major star in 1965 when virtually every concert was recorded by someone and the setlist of songs he played was edited.

So, combining my interest in Dylan with the work of recording the Inland Empire, I tried to find whatever I could do about the concert.

Dylan’s third album, “The times change” It was released in January. It was the deification of his protest period, and the college campus was a natural place for 22-year-old dropouts.

In late February, Dylan spent his time at Joan Baez’s house in Carmel.Leave him and his friends on the station wagon Her XKE Baez for separate concert appearances in Southern CaliforniaAccording to the profile of the pair by Richard Fariña, Baez’s future co-brother-in-law in Mademoiselle magazine.

February 25, Dylan first appeared in The Steve Allen Show According to Orov Bjorner’s comprehensive Dylan website, he sang “The Lonely Death of Hatty Carroll” and submitted it to a nasty avoidance chat with a host at NBC’s Los Angeles studio. Still on the way..

That night he headlined the concert at the UCR gymnasium, not at the UCR barn.

Read the press calendar notice, “Bob Dylan, Singing Folk Poet at Concert, UCR Jim, Tuesday, February 25, 8 pm $ 1.50”. Longer notifications in the enterprise repeat venue information. Both were dug up by Ruth McCormick of the Riverside Public Library.

The Corona Daily Independent calendar shows that Dylan was a little-common name at the time, as if he were part of a group of cheerful young men in striped shirts. The headliner is described as “Bob Dylan’s folk singer”.

There isn’t much about the concert itself. (Sigh) Based on McCormick’s microfilm refining, the local press didn’t write about it.

You must have Highlander, the UCR Weekly Student Newspaper. Unfortunately, the March 4th Highlander, who probably had the concert reviews and photos, isn’t in the UCR library archive, according to staff Karen Raines. The February 19 issue, which may have shed light on preparations, is not.

“Occasionally, we receive donations from graduates for student newspapers and other materials, so there is always the potential for missing issues to become apparent,” UCR archivist Andrea Hoff told me.

According to McCormick, there are no highlander issues in the municipal library. Highlander’s current editor-in-chief, Amani Mahmood, congratulated her on going to campus on my behalf and getting permission to check the archives of the treatise, but her collection dates back to 1974. I found out.

I made two phone calls to my column about those issues, but no one answered. Well, I tried it.

(As things go on, they will never be shown or will be shown tomorrow.)

Dylan’s 1964 UCR Tartan Yearbook featured photos of a jacket and jeans standing in front of Mike, an acoustic guitar in front of him, and a harmonica rack around his neck. At that time, he played alone on his feet, often with a glass of water in the chair next to him.

I heard on Facebook page “We grew up in Riverside, California in the 1950s and 1960s.” If anyone has been to the show. I had some.

“Dylan was sitting outside Corvair before the show,” reports Laura Macuish Spruans, who was attended by her husband. “I thought his voice was weird, but I thought the lyrics were great,” says Richard Hausmann, who wasn’t the first to think. “My dad did,” says Alyx Beatty. “And he was impressed.”

“I was mainly impressed with the terrible sound,” said Carl Wood.

“I was 13 and asked if I could go to my parents. They said I couldn’t,” says Wolt Quinn. He was still able to meet him at Wilson High on Long Beach that December.

1967 alumni Ralph A. Sorensen was quoted in 2013 UCR Magazine Articles “No, Bob Dylan wasn’t playing in the barn,” he found cheeky.

“I remember it well because the audience in line at the show was listening. Heavyweight battle“Sorensen is said to be saying. “Just before the door opens Young Casius Clay knocks out Sonny Liston..Bob Dylan opened his show with his anti-boxing national anthem “Who killed Davie Moore?” Nevertheless, the opposing crowd cheered. “

Sorensen added: “And the concert took place in the gym. There were too many enthusiastic students and faculty members in the barn!”

Ellen Harper was also there. Daughter of the owner of the Claremont Folk Music CenterIn her new memoir, “Always a Song,” she says her family watched the concert and was then invited to meet Dylan behind the scenes.

Some traditional people weren’t impressed with Dylan until that time, says Harper. “The times change” A universal awakening call for change has wiped out criticism.

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