A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.


Martin Scorsese
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Dylan ... Self
B.J. Rolfzen B.J. Rolfzen ... Self (voice)
Dick Kangas Dick Kangas ... Self
Liam Clancy Liam Clancy ... Self
Anthony Glover Anthony Glover ... Self (as Tony Glover)
Paul Nelson Paul Nelson ... Self
Allen Ginsberg ... Self (archive footage)
Dave Van Ronk Dave Van Ronk ... Self (archive footage)
Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur ... Self
John Cohen John Cohen ... Self
Bruce Langhorne Bruce Langhorne ... Self
Mark Spoelstra Mark Spoelstra ... Self
Suze Rotolo Suze Rotolo ... Self
Izzy Young Izzy Young ... Self
Mitch Miller ... Self


He is one of the most influential, inspiration and ground-breaking musicians of our time. Now, Academy Award(TM) winning director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, 1990) brings us the extraordinary story of Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Written by (typography correction by Otto Mäkelä)

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Allen Ginsberg: There is a very famous saying among Tibetan Buddhists: "If the student is not better than the teacher, then the teacher is a failure."
Allen Ginsberg: It's sort of a biblical prophecy.
Allen Ginsberg: Poetry is words that are empowered to make your hair stand on end, that you realize instantly as being some form of subjective truth that has an objective reality to it, because somebody has realized it. Then you call it poetry later.
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Drifting Too Far From The Shore
Written by Chas Moody
BMG Music and TV Music
Performed by Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
Courtesy of Universal Music Group
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Just a song and dance man
27 September 2005 | by hermes-10See all my reviews

I felt thoroughly happy while watching No Direction Home on BBC 2 over the past two evenings - lots of video and audio footing I had never heard or seen before and precious insights into the workings of Dylan's poetic mind.

I have been following Dylan for over 40 years now and have always been a fan, except during his Christian period. I found it illuminating to learn that, when Joan Baez had just delivered to him a deep-going analysis of one of his songs, Dylan said he was curious to see what other reviewers would make of it. Himself he didn't know what the hell it all meant. He just wrote beautiful texts without worrying too much if all the combined lines would make coherent sense.

Dylan uses words like an impressionist painter uses paint. Those paintings can confer a sense of beauty without necessarily offering a clear idea of what is actually presented. Dylan's songs are collections of beautiful phrases and words. Don't ask him to explain the meaning of existence to us. Just enjoy his unique songs and magical voice. In his own words, he is "just a song and dance man". And a sublime one at that!

Profound thanks to Scorsese for making this picture. A 10 out of 10. (And thanks to Philconcannon for his excellent review.)

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Release Date:

27 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob Dylan Anthology Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Hibbing, Minnesota, USA See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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| (DVD) | (2 part TV-miniseries) |

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Dolby Digital



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1.33 : 1
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