Bob Dylan – 6 Great Live Versions of “Lenny Bruce”

Lenny Bruce is dead but his ghost lived on and on
Never did get any Golden Globe award, never made it to Synanon
He was an outlaw, that’s for sure
More of an outlaw than you ever were
Lenny Bruce is gone but his spirit’s living on and on.

A great Dylan song recorded May 14, 1981. Released on the album “Shot of Love” August 10, 1981. Dylan has sung the song 117 times on stage, first time June 10, 1981 and last performance was November 02, 2019.

I wrote that song in five minutes! It is true, I rode with him once in a taxi cab. I thought it was a little strange after he died, that people made such a hero out of him. That when he was alive he couldn’t even get a break. And certainly now, comedy is rank, dirty and vulgar and very unfunny and stupid, wishy-washy and the whole thing.
.. But he was doing this same sort of thing many years ago and maybe some people aren’t realizing that there was Lenny Bruce, you know, who did this before and that is what happened to him. So these people can do what they’re doing now. I don’t know, you know.
–> Bob Dylan (Dave Herman Interview – July 1981)

Palace des Sports
Avignon, France
25 July 1981

Entertainment Centre
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
February 1986

Whittemore Center
University Of New Hampshire
Durham, New Hampshire

Five Seasons Center
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
3 April 2000

The Beacon Theatre
New York City, New York
30 April 2005

The Met Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
21 November 2019

One thought on “Bob Dylan – 6 Great Live Versions of “Lenny Bruce”

  1. I provide some analysis and insight into the totally revised and rewritten lyrics and music for the unveiling of a radically altered version of the song entitled Lenny Bruce which first emerged on October 11th, 2019 in Irvine, California for the first performance of the song in 11 years. It is entitled: “Lenny Bruce Never did make it out of Babylon” and can be found at the following Link: http://dougondylan.blogspot.com/2019/10/lenny-bruce-never-did-make-out-it-of.html. The Irvine California live performance — which is linked in the blog post above and also here: https://youtu.be/i3-eq8EEK7o — certainly belongs in the list of “7 Great Live Versions of “Lenny Bruce.” Notice that this posting is by a guy named: Jack Frost, with comments turned off. This makes me think that this is an “official posting” — note the special logo — by the man himself, using his pseudonym as producer, or if not that at least, one of his official posters:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/bobdylan/comments/37zfs2/the_legacy_of_jack_frost_bob_as_producer/

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