After winning a Grammy for Album of the Year for his most recent studio album, "Time Out of Mind," Bob Dylan has finally issued a legitimate version of what may be one of the most fabled bootleg concert records of all time.
Incorrectly known as the "Live at Royal Albert Hall," the album -- which was just released as the fourth volume in Dylan's "Bootleg Series" under the title "Live 1966," was actually recorded at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England, in 1966 with the Band, minus drummer Levon Helm, providing backup for Dylan.
The concert has become famous for documenting how Dylan's folk audience rejected his conversion to rock music and electric instrumentation, with the restless Manchester crowd interrupting Dylan's amplified set several times by stomping, clapping and heckling the singer. Less than two months after the confrontational shows, Dylan would be injured in a motorcycle accident in Woodstock, New York, and although in his creative prime, Dylan would
drop out of sight for almost 20 months.
Also making an official re-appearance is a rare film of the English tour from which the "Live 1966" tapes were recorded, "Eat the Document," which is currently being screened at the New York and Los Angeles Museums of Radio and Television.
The film, which captures Dylan making the transformation from folk-based protester to antagonistic rock star, was originally made for ABC-TV by director D.A. Pennebaker, who shot Dylan's '65 tour for the award-winning documentary, "Don't Look Back."
"Eat the Document" captures many sides of the then 24-year-old Dylan, including him jamming with Robbie Robertson and Johnny Cash, and riding around with the Beatles' John Lennon, but the program was deemed unacceptable by the network and was never broadcast.