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Monday, 10 May 2021

The Witmark Demos


  2021 Charity Shop Purchases 6 - Bob Dylan - The Witmark Demos -1962-1964

Two birds with the one stone ticked today. Some Monday Folk Songs plus one of my latest charity purchases. The CD was priced at £4 which I would have gladly paid but when it was added to the rest of the bundle I got it for a pound.

To give the album it's proper title it is The Bootleg Series Volume 9:The Witmark Demos 1962 -1964  featuring 47 songs many of which made it on to the early Bob Dylan albums. These are demos he made for his first two publishing  companies Leeds Music and M..Witmark & Sons.

I should say that I haven't had the chance to give this a proper listen yet and I haven't even got as far as the second disc.

The Death of Emmett Till never made it on to any of Dylan's albums (  too topical and uncomfortable for CBS?) but has appeared on a few bootlegs

Emmett Till was a 14 year old African American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after having been accussed of offending a white woman. His death was one of the catalysts for the American Civil Rights movement 

Hollis Brown was a fictional character (or was he) who featured in the Ballad of Hollis Brown on Dylan's third album 1964's The TImes They Are A-Changin'

My second in the Bootleg Series after Volume 4 - Bob Dylan Live 1966 - The " Royal Albert Hall" Concert

Bob Dylan - The Death of Emmett Till (The Witmark Demos)

Bob Dylan - Ballad of Hollis Brown ( The Witmark Demos)


  1. No reflection on the quality of the music, but the name Witmark does make it sound more like something released as a Woolies own brand item rather than by a leading publishing house

  2. Not exactly a cheery start to the week here!

    1. That's Folk Monday for you

    2. What about some cheery scottish folk music from Robin Hall and Jimmy NcGregor next week?

  3. Blimey, that's a bargain. I've said it before on these pages and I'll say it again, I clearly frequent the wrong charity shops.

  4. Ditto the Swede. Although I've not ventured into a charity shop for the past 15 months but in the years when I did I've never come across the eclectic range of CDs you manage. I need to relocate obviously!