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Dylan Studies Resources

Here we offer students, scholars, and fans a one-stop spot to gather information about Dylan and his work in various media formats.

Below you’ll learn about a several Bob Dylan websites, podcasts, devoted fan blogs, reputable biographies, and academic, peer-reviewed sources for all things Dylan. Together these resources provide insight not just to the fan or admirer of Dylan, but also to the scholar who studies all kinds of twentieth-century art and media.

  • Websites

    Bob Dylan’s Official Site

    The site contains a comprehensive repository of Dylan’s lyrics since his debut in 1962. It also features touring schedules, merchandise, and news from the Dylan camp.

    Expecting Rain

    Expecting Rain showcases the sheer quantity of Bob Dylan materials released on a daily basis. The site was founded by Karl Erik Andersen and provides updates, hyperlinks, and news about all things Dylan.

    Come Writers and Critics

    This site is maintained and operated by Michel Pomarede and features all known print material that covers Dylan in some way, including ticket stubs, fan zines, major periodical profiles, peer-reviewed journals, personal ephemera, and more.

    Theme Time Radio Hour Archive

    From 2006 to 2009, Bob Dylan recorded a weekly radio show on satellite radio called Theme Time Radio Hour. A full archive of the show is elusive due to copyright concerns, however, a special episode about whiskey is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube.

    Want your site featured on our resources page? Send an email to bobdylaninstitute@utulsa.edu with your name and a brief description of your website, and we’ll add it above.

  • Podcasts

    Definitely Dylan

    Hosted by Dylan Institute board member, Laura Tenschert, Definitely Dylan covers diverse aspects of Dylan’s artistic career. Many episodes close-read particular songs, converse with a guest Dylan fan or scholar, and/or reflect on live shows and other media appearances. Note that many episodes require subscription to the podcast.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    New Episodes Bimonthly

    The Bobcats: A Bob Dylan Fan Podcast

    The Bobcats centers Dylan fans and fandoms, recounting origin stories both from lifelong and new fans. The podcast also interviews Dylan sleuths whose interest in the songwriter manifests in their professional and personal lives.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    On Hiatus

    Jokermen (Dylan and beyond, Beach Boys etc.)

    Jokermen receives acclaim online for its humor. The show is prolific, covering Dylan and many of his contemporaries, like the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed, John Cale, and the Beach Boys.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    New Episodes Semiweekly

    Bob Dylan: Album by Album

    As its name implies, Album by Album reviews Dylan’s LP output, curated and hosted by Ben Burrell. Episodes cover Dylan’s least to most popular releases–from 1973’s Dylan to 1966’s Blonde on Blonde.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    On Hiatus

    A Bob Dylan Primer

    New to Dylan? Michael Hacker’s Primer exposes listeners to the major moves of Dylan’s career, from folkie to crooner. Hacker ably places Dylan’s career in its historical contexts, and he details the impact of the Dylan mystique on American popular culture.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    Series Concluded

    Pod Dylan

    Pod Dylan takes a celebratory and fan-focused approach to Dylan. Rob Kelly hosts various guests who converse with him about their favorite Dylan songs and other works.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    Updated Weekly

    Is It Rolling, Bob? Talking Dylan

    Kerry Shale and Lucas Hare host and hear many Dylan journalists, followers, and acquaintances–from Jonathan Lethem to Ann Powers–recount their attachments to and interpretations of the songwriter.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    New Episodes Monthly

    Bob Dylan: American Shakespeare

    Rich Evans and Mark Walsh apply the impact of Shakespeare on the Anglophone world to read Bob Dylan’s musical, literary, and political influence today.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    On Hiatus

    Dylan.FM

    Dylan.FM offers deep dives into Dylan’s biography and career, highlighting lesser-known works and moments from key Dylan authors and archive specialists, like Michael Gray, Mark Davidson, and Parker Fishel.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    New Episodes Weekly

    Bob Dylan—A Headful of Ideas

    Hosted by Chris Gregory, A Headful of Ideas examines Dylan’s work song by song. The show practices close listening, reading Dylan’s lyrics line by line to reveal its rich allusions and contexts.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    New Episodes Biweekly

    Sign on the Window

    Similar to A Headful of Ideas, each episode of Sign on the Window is organized around one song, illustrating the value of close listening in Dylan fan communities.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    On Hiatus

    Bob Dylan: About Man and God and Law

    Stephen Daniel Arnoff hosts a narrative podcast that casts Dylan’s career as a spiritual quest toward absolution and transcendence.

    Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube

    Series Concluded

    Want your podcast featured on our resources page? Send an email to bobdylaninstitute@utulsa.edu with your name and a brief description of your show, and we’ll add it above.

  • Substacks and Other Blogs

    Substack

    Traveling with Bob Dylan

    by Christina Svane

     

    Flagging Down the Double E’s

    by Ray Padgett

     

    Infinity Goes Up on Trial

    by Erin C. Callahan

     

    A Bob Dylan Listening Guide

    by Peter Stone Brown Archives

     

    The Dylantantes

    by Jim Salvucci

     

    The Daily Dylan

    by Daniel Hildebrand

     

    Shadow Chasing

    by Graley Herren

     

    Dylanology

    Eyolf Østrem

     

    Together Through Life

    by Matthew Ingate

     

    The FM Club

    by Dylan.FM Podcast

     

    The Bobserve

    by Bobserve.com

     

    Patti Smith

    by Patti Smith