My special guest this week will be Karl Erik Andersen from Norway. Karl is the creator of the website expectingrain.com. Updated daily, the site features all the Dylan news one could need plus other musical articles of note.
Born in 1948, the first two records Karl bought were a Peter, Paul, and Mary EP with 'Blowin in the Wind' and The Highwaymen singing 'Michael Row the Boat Ashore'. Andersen bought his first Dylan album,' Bringing It All Back Home' in 1965. While attending school in 1969, he discovered the music of Woody Guthrie, specifically 'Dust Bowl Ballads'. Neil Young was also a favorite. He stayed with Dylan till 1978 and Street Legal. When Bob went religious, Karl stopped listening.
When the Bootleg Series V. 1-3 were released by Columbia Records in 1991, Andersen re-discovered the lost gems that are on these recordings. This sparked a new interest in Dylan which would change his life forever.
Karl Erik works at the National Library of Norway, Sound and Image Archive in Oslo collecting film, photography, broadcasting, and music. An early pioneer of the Internet, Andersen started the Expecting Rain Website in 1994. This autumn he celebrates 15 years of bringing music information to a worldwide audience.
Join us for a lively 60 minutes of conversation and music of Bob Dylan. Karl also talks about Norwegian radio and what the live music scene is like in Norway.
Also see Scott Acton's bio.