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One of the greatest artists in the history of modern music, Bob Dylan returned to Ireland for an historic gig in Thomond Park, on July 4. It really was one of the concerts of the year, with the mercurial star rounding off his 2010 world tour with his first ever appearance in the historic city of Limerick. To celebrate this hugely anticipated event, in association with 2fm, Hot Press ran a very special competition, exclusively for those who are attending the gig. Ten lucky – and indeed talented! – Dylan ticket holders were given press passes for the day, and invited to write a review for Hot Press. All ten reviews are now on hotpress.com, see below to read them. Our judges will ultimately decide the overall winner.

Not only did our finalists get a unique chance to be a Hot Press writer for the day, but they're also in with a chance to win this fantastic prize. The winning entry will take home a copy of every Dylan album in the Sony Music catalogue, including all of the compilations and Bootleg series. There will also be 20 runners up prizes of copies of the 2007 3CD Best Of compilation.

FOR THE FULL LIST OF ALBUMS THAT THE WINNER WILL TAKE HOME CLICK HERE

 
 

From Capitol Hill with Luther King, He proclaimed his verse to the Free, So his blue-eyed son, his darling young one Could hear songs of Truth and Liberty.
To chains of the skyway he’s not tied, His spiritual message travels still. You know him, he’s your’s… The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
Michael Maher
READ MICHAEL'S REVIEW HERE

 

Bound to the land and wandering city streets, we are still free in spirit and mind. Creating independence from illusory chains, Bob Dylan’s music transcends physical planes. Realities unfold and with one hand waving free, regardless of cast or creed, we catch a glimpse of freedom flashing in heaven’s mirror. - Romy Needham
READ ROMY'S REVIEW HERE

 
 

JUDAS' someone shouted! " I don't believe you", Dylan retorts, before breaking into his electrically charged self affirming version of 'Like A Rolling Stone'. Moments ago he was the folk hero and protest messiah, now he was a plugged-in sell out, yet amid boos and slow clapping, Dylan embodied self independence. Oliver O'Regan
READ OLIVER'S REVIEW HERE

 

Dylan, the reluctant voice of a generation, rooted in American authenticity, culture and history, with a career now spanning a mindboggling six decades. Through his music and lyrics Bob has continued to entertain, provoke, educate, and inspire. Unfaltering in his own vision, he has truly shown the spirit of independence. - Robbie Shead
READ ROBBIE'S REVIEW HERE

 
 

In 1959, Bob Dylan went rambling on the road, alone. The design of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is framed around Freedom, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness. Dylan not only realises these American ideals through his songs, he chews them up, and sure as hell he spits them back out. - Sinéad Burke
READ SINÉAD'S REVIEW HERE

 

Only a particular independence of mind would assert that "to live outside the law you must be honest", and bring that dismissive tone to a withering culmination by saying "even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked". An independent spirit punctures a bloated pomposity. - Aidan Connolly
READ AIDAN'S REVIEW HERE

 
 

He don't follow leaders. (Unless he wants to.) The world wanted the solemn folk-singer; he became the stoned electric chameleon. The chameleon changed again, to a pastoral preacher and country crooner. Years later, Vegas glitz gave way to fire and brimstone. Still on the road, pursuing his own independent vision. - Padraig Hanratty
READ PADRAIG'S REVIEW HERE

 

Bob Dylan, a vessel channelling words and music from wherever it is they come to him, the greatest poet of our time. Always 'done his thing', changing, re-interpreting and bringing it in new and surprising ways each and every time. Talk about showing us the spirit of independence! - Aia Leu
READ AIA'S REVIEW HERE

 
 

The spirit of independence is the spirit of Bob Dylan. His one-street hometown couldn't hold him. Cue a half decade of independent thinking, from harmonica-tweeting strummer to telecaster-twanging screamer, eyeliner-drenched preacher to born-again Christian, Dylan is the undeniable eptiome of independence. - Jack Hussey
READ JACK'S REVIEW HERE

 

The sheer fortitude of non-conformist, non-aligned individualistic artistry. A fervent fusion of resolute passion and creativity, unfettered with political correctness. A civil libertarian unrestrained by taboo. Chameleonic, diverse and non-compliant in style. The unmitigated quintessence of subversiveness and revolution. More than a name. Bob Dylan- The Spirit of Independence. - Emma Flynn
READ EMMA'S REVIEW HERE

 




There are precious few acts on the planet who can play Ireland on a near-annual basis, in venues that range from tiny theatres to stadia, and still attract the most devoted following this side of the Grateful Dead. But then, few live performers remain as mercurial, magnetic and unpredictable as Bob Dylan.
The last 44 years flash by newsreel-style. Those of us too young to have attended the electric afro incarnation at the Adelphi and the ABC in ’66 must consult Don’t Look Back and Eat The Document, but the Slane showdown 22 years later was a Biblical affair, with an eyelinered and zebra- printed Bob leading a band that included Mick Taylor and Ian McLagan into a blazing ‘Highway 61 Revisited’. By contrast, the RDS indoors show five years later featured a hooded Bob fronting a band that included guitarslinger GE Smith, and was about as close to punk rambunctiousness as he’d gotten since the Manchester Free Trade Hall. A series of 90s Never Ending Tour shows at the Point were pure roulette, but few will forget the up close and personal Vicar Street show in 2000, with its incendiary ‘Tangled Up In Blue’, or a Ronnie Wood-augmented set in Kilkenny a few years ago that ranked as one of his most focused and energised sets anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Contrast that with the elegant and old-timey Bob-on-piano revues in the Point five years ago (‘Visions Of Johanna’ the crown jewel), and last year’s O2 shows, which coincided with his first number one album in decades… And he’s still on the road, headin’ for another joint. As you can see we've got very fond memories of Bob around these parts so to celebrate this exciting competition we've compiled some of his finest moments from the Hot Press archives for you to re-live the memories or simply see what you missed the first time round...

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