Clips & Pix: Bob Dylan & Friends/My Back Pages

I watched this clip on Facebook last evening and simply couldn’t resist posting it: Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and George Harrison sharing the stage with Bob Dylan to perform My Back Pages – what a terrific moment in music history! It all happened at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on October 16, 1992, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dylan’s eponymous debut album, the start of a recording career that continues to this day, 29 years later.

Written by Dylan who first recorded it for his fourth studio album Another Side of Bob Dylan released in August 1964, My Back Pages has been covered by various artists. The best-known rendition and the version I first heard and came to dig is by The Byrds, so I guess it’s only appropriate that Roger McGuinn kicked off the song.

The Byrds included My Back Pages on their fourth studio album Younger Than Yesterday, which came out in February 1967. The tune also became the record’s second single in March of the same year and the group’s last top 40 hit in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, climbing to no. 30. My Back Pages has also been covered by Keith Jarrett, Ramones, Steve Earle and The Hollies – quite a diverse group of artists! Frankly, I don’t believe I’ve heard any of these additional versions. I surely will look them up!

Just check out McGuinn, Petty, Young, Clapton and Harrison in this clip. They all seem to have a ball, especially Neil Young who smiles various times – he’s not exactly known for showing his emotions like that. I also have to call out Eric Clapton who plays a beautiful solo and does a solid job when it comes to his turn singing lead vocals.

My Back Pages - Bob Dylan All Star Jam! - Keeping the Blues Alive

Additionally, I should mention the other musicians on stage: The surviving members of Booker T. & the M.G.s, Booker T. Jones (organ), Steve Cropper (guitar), Donald “Duck” Dunn (bass) and Anton Fig (drums, filling in for the late Al Jackson Jr.), along with Jim Keltner as a second drummer. That’s one hell of a band, even for a maestro like Bob Dylan! Speaking of Dylan, he sounds great as well. And while he isn’t smiling, at least not visibly, I have to believe he was smiling inside!

In case you’re curious to read more about Bobfest or watch additional clips of Dylan renditions by artists like John Mellencamp, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman and Chrissie Hynde, you can check out my previous, more comprehensive post on Bobfest from March 2020.

Sources: Wikipedia; YouTube

9 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Bob Dylan & Friends/My Back Pages”

      1. Die Version des Songs von den Byrds ist einfach wunderschoen. Ich kannte sie bevor ich Dylans Original hoerte – roher Diamant ist eine gute Beschreibung!

        Sie trifft vielleicht noch besser auf “Mr. Tambourine Man” zu. Auch in diesem Fall war es die Version der Byrds, die ich zuerst kannte. Als ich dann Dylans Original hoerte war ich zunaechst einmal etwas schockiert. Mittlerweile gefaellt es mir allerdings ebenfalls gut wie auch “My Back Pages”.

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    1. It doesn’t always work out when you have a bunch of big artists on the same stage. In this case, you really feel they all wanted to be there and had a lot of fun.

      I really don’t recall having seen Neil Young smile as much. He also sounded great singing harmony with Tom Petty. Obviously, he knows how to sing harmony. Still!

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      1. Young and Tom Petty…I would have loved if they would have gotten together and done something. That would have been interesting.

        I do like hearing Petty and McGuinn…almost the same voice!


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