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Arena: Bob Dylan – No Direction Home: Episode 1 of 2 (BBC Two Saturday 2 December 2023)

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Arena: Bob Dylan – No Direction Home: Episode 1 of 2 airs Saturday 2 December 2023 on BBC Two.

What is this episode about

Martin Scorsese’s documentary weaves together Bob Dylan’s extraordinary personal and musical journey with the present moment of his controversial 1966 tour of the British Isles, telling the story through flashbacks. The film achieves a remarkable balance by telling the story of one man’s journey while also placing that story within the greater canvas of human events, drawing from hundreds of hours of unseen footage and rare recordings, in-depth interviews, and revealing photographs.

Beginning with his days as a rock ‘n’ roll fanatic growing up in the Midwest, this section follows him as he becomes a folk music powerhouse. The story moves from the Minnesota Iron Range to New York City’s Greenwich Village, where Dylan explains to viewers, in his own words, how he became enamoured with folk music.

Greenwich Village Folk Club King Dave Van Ronk, Folk Music Queen Joan Baez, and Beat Poet Laureate Allen Ginsburg are just a few of the incredible characters in this incredible cast. Most importantly, it delves into the vast array of musical styles that had an impact on a young Bob Dylan.

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Songs like “Blowing in the Wind,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” “Masters of War,” “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” and countless more start pouring out as Dylan’s fame and notoriety increase. His performance abilities also rapidly mature.

On the last night of the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, Dylan appeared to be at the forefront of a new generation as he sang “Blowin’ in the Wind” with Pete Seeger, the Freedom Singers, and Odetta.

When can we see the episode

Arena: Bob Dylan – No Direction Home: Episode 1 of 2 airs Saturday 2 December 2023 at 10:50pm on BBC Two

Featured Image Credit: BBC Two

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