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08 Where can I find lyrics, tablature and other Bob Dylan information via Internet?




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This article is from the Bob Dylan FAQ, by Adam K. Powers and John Howells howells@bigfoot.com with numerous contributions by others.

08 Where can I find lyrics, tablature and other Bob Dylan information via Internet?

The official Bob Dylan lyrics on the web are at the official site:
http://bobdylan.com/lyrics. There is a nice search function which
allows you to find a song even if you remember only one (not too
common) word or phrase.

There are three archive sites from which information regarding Bob
Dylan may be obtained by FTP [If the term "ftp" is meaningless to you
then ask a local computer guru to show you what to do...]:

ftp.cs.pdx.edu (Portland State University)
ftp.uwp.edu (University of Wisconsin, Parkside)
ftp.nevada.edu (University of Nevada)

The above are not guaranteed to be current, however there is a very
nice web site that contains lots of guitar tabs:

http://www.uvm.edu/~ksherloc/dylan/

and you might want to check out:

http://iris.bsd.uchicago.edu/~jrr/bob.html

and the My Back Pages site:

http://hem.passagen.se/obrecht/backpages/chords

Olof's yearly summaries of Bob Dylan concerts and recordings, plus a
number of transcribed interviews, concert/tape reviews, and similar
documents are available by anonymous FTP from ftp.cs.pdx.edu, in the
directory /pub/dylan, and are maintained by Trent Fisher. This site
originated as a replacement to Anthony Kapolka's archives from the
early days of rec.music.dylan, but now includes all of Olof's
archives and other recent files. Of course you can always visit Olof's
own site at http://www.users.wineasy.se/olof.bjorner.

Lyrics to a limited number of Bob Dylan songs, plus some guitar tabs
and other information by be found by anonymous FTP from ftp.uwp.edu,
in pub/music/artists/d/dylan.bob.

Guitar tablature to many of Dylan's songs can be found on the World
Wide Web at http://www.uvm.edu/~ksherloc/dylan.

An anonymous FTP session begins like this - at your prompt, type:

ftp ftp.uwp.edu [or whatever site you'll be getting files from]

Enter 'anonymous' (without the quotes) when prompted for a login
name, give your E-mail address as the password. Use either 'ls' or
'dir' and 'cd' to find your way to the proper directory.

There are also a number of Dylan-related World Wide Web (WWW) pages.
If you do not know what WWW is then you are best advised to ask a
friend or computer technician at your site. You will need appropriate
software (known as Web Browsers). Some examples: Netscape, Mosaic and
Lynx (a text only version).

WWW PAGES DEDICATED TO BOB DYLAN

The Web has grown so fast that it's getting harder and harder to
keep up with all the new web sites. Rather than attempt to catalog
all known Dylan sites, here is a site that has links to all the others:

http://www.execpc.com/~billp61/boblink.html ("Boblinks", Bill Pagel)

Of special interest is the newly created official website from Sony:

http://www.bobdylan.com

Plus, if you want to locate more Dylan links than exist on the above
site, you can try the following search engines:

http://www.yahoo.com
http://altavista.digital.com
http://www.mckinley.com
http://www.lycos.com

If you cannot find transcribed music online, you should be able to
find music to all the released albums from good music stores and
suppliers. The most recommended book source is "Lyrics 1962-1985".
The lyrics 'database' on "Highway 61 Interactive" CDROM, released
1995, covers virtually all of the lyrics from this book, plus all
albums up to 1995. Many songbooks can also be purchased, for example
the book for Good As I Been to You is available from Special Rider
Music Sales, 8/9 Frith St., London W1V 5TZ, England.

 

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