HOLLYWOOD — Bootleg recordings, some will argue, improve the quality and breadth of Bob Dylan’s oeuvre. His half-finished songs, live performances in the 1960s and unreleased versions could fill a mineshaft — and just about all of it would be worth hearing.
That has prompted Columbia to issue “Live 1966: The ‘Royal Albert Hall’ Concert” on Oct. 13 in tandem with the Museum of Television & Radio screening “Eat the Document,” a documentary shot for ABC during his ’66 European tour that never made it to air.
“Eat the Document,” which hasn’t been screened in 20 years, will screen Oct. 8 at the Los Angeles and Gotham branches of the Museum of Television & Radio. (It runs through Nov. 20 in New York and Nov. 13 in L.A.)
The doc is an oddly assembled collage of conversations, trips in the country, press conferences and the occasional performance. The live album, volume 4 of “The Bootleg Series,” takes its name from the widely released boot identified as the Albert Hall that was in fact Free Trade Hall in Manchester. One of the most popular solo acoustic Dylan bootlegs is of a 1965 show at Albert Hall.
A panel discussion will be held in New York on Oct. 5 featuring filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, writer Greil Marcus and New York Observer columnist Ron Rosenbaum.