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There are music fans and there are Dylan fans: Just before Bob Dylan’s show at the Eccles Theater last week, we heard from some Dylan fans and contraband conservatives who dedicated themselves to the cause of uncovering taped evidence of Dylan’s show in Salt Lake on the 25th May 1976. The show was, they note, the last of his Rolling Thunder Revue shows in this series; it also included Joan Baez, Kinky Friedman, Bob Neuwirth and Roger McGuinn. The concert poster photos bring a smile, as the Salt Palace show had a ticket price of $8.75. (Not nine bucks, $8.75.)

Trying hard to find a local source who might have stolen a self-recorded tape, the organizers created a web page called doyouhaveit.info. For them, the show has historic value, as “this concert happens to be the holy grail of Dylan’s missing recordings. Dylan fans have been searching for a tape of this historic show for decades, not least because of its selection of songs the The more unusual Bob Dylan Center and Archive, recently opened in Tulsa, Okla. also did some research. Although they found other lost recordings of Dylan, they couldn’t find this one, concluding that it was not officially captured from the soundboard.

As true believers, the sound researchers of Do You Have It can go into detail about why this particular show is worth a listen in 2022, like citing the vagaries of that night’s setlist. The efforts didn’t just flow on Dylan’s narrow social media bandwidths. June 27, rolling stone published a lengthy article about the bands’ follow-up efforts, titled “Bob Dylan Superfans Join Forces to Find Lost ‘Holy Grail’ 1976 Bootleg.”

This article contextualizes the rarities of that night’s setlist and notes that the Salt Lake show was not taped due to the slowness of equipment arriving at the Salt Palace. Thus, only a savvy fan with consumer-grade vintage recording equipment could have documented the concert.

The organizer who contacted City Weeklyunder the pseudonym “dylyricus” online, is quoted in the rolling stone room. And the words come back a little more specifically to a Salt Lake reader. According to this piece: “Every concert of the 1974 tour was recorded by someone in the audience. Only two shows are missing from 1975, six from 1976 and only two from the 118-date tour of 1978. The odds are generally in our favor, and so we’re optimistic someone may have recorded it. Maybe it was someone unconnected to the fan community who was hard to reach. I’ve heard that sometimes reporters tape a show to help write their review, but we’ve so far been unable to track down any of them to test this theory.”

If you’re still reading this, you’ll probably find some interest in a sub-stack dedicated to these issues, dylanlive.substack.com, which hypervigilantly follows Dylan’s recordings. We wish these true believers well in their deeply specific, SLC-directed conservation efforts.

The unlikely rating of Post Malone’s children’s clothing line: Post Malone adds his voice to the ever-evolving question of whether you’re a true “star” without having a clothing line. The artist is launching a youth-centric clothing line, featuring cartoonish likenesses of Malone, called PostyCo Kids. A statement from the company that handles publicity for the rollout suggests the following: “PostyCo Kids collection items are cute clothes for little rockstars with sizes ranging from baby and toddler styles to Our little ones and your little ones can rock a range of clothes and accessories, including a onesie, t-shirts and hoodies with the most awesome pop-inspired Post Malone graphics. art and more.The collection ranges from $25 to $65 and will ship in August.

A quick trip to the know-it-all Wikipedia suggests this isn’t the man’s first foray into entrepreneurship, noting that he’s attached to “a French rosé wine, Maison No. of his favorite tarot card, the Nine of Swords,” as well as an investment in esports and gaming company Envy Gaming. More complete information about the clothing line can be found at postycokids.com.

Scott Lippitt is back on our radar: In the hyper-fast world of dropping local singles, SLC songwriter Scott Lippitt has forecast a busy summer, with several singles preceding a long drive slated for the October release. His latest effort comes Friday, July 8, when “Why I Always” joins a track we recently featured here, “Sandy Vaults.” The new single was recorded at Scott’s home in Salt Lake City and mastered by Scott Wiley at Provo’s June Audio.

The single, the songwriter says, “sounds a bit like a Jack Johnson song with strumming acoustic guitar” and features “shimmering electric guitar, lively percussion and vocal harmonies”. He will no doubt play the cut at an exit show at Tea Zaanti (1944 S. 1100 East) on Friday, July 8.

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