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Every Grain of Sand part 2

This article continues from Every Grain Of Sand, A Perfect Finished Plan. Part 1. By Paul Robert Thomas III “Then onward in my journey I come to understand” EVERY GRAIN OF SAND:  Verse one, line one. “In the time of my’ confession … Continue reading

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Why does Bob Dylan like “I am the man Thomas”?

By Tony Attwood Between 4 September 1999 and 30 August 2002 Bob and his band played the song “I am the man Thomas” 59 times as a concert opener.  The song comes from Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys … Continue reading

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Outlaw Blues (1965). A deeper anchor

by Jochen Markhorst “He is one of the most compelling white blues singers ever recorded. He is a songwriter of exceptional facility and cleverness,” rouse the liner notes on Bob Dylan (1962), and “he’s an uncommonly skillful guitar player.” Well … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: the tortuous journey to 1984

by Tony Attwood So, if you have been following the series you will know by now what’s going on.  Bob had converted to Christianity, but then within 18 months although still writing religious pieces was also writing songs which (I … Continue reading

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Every Grain Of Sand, A Perfect Finished Plan. Part 1.

By Paul Robert Thomas I: “Alternatives To College” I don’t usually respond to other contributors’ articles but John Stokes’ well researched and scholarly essay Dylan And The Sick Rose (Dignity #3) on Dylan’s Every Grain Of Sand prompted me to write on … Continue reading

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1982/3: The year of no going back.

by Tony Attwood Starting with Dylan’s writings in the late 1950s I’ve tried to allocate a simple description title to each song Bob wrote during the year.  About 50 descriptions have been used ranging from those which encompass one or … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Cowboy Jesus (Part VI): Joshua

If you’ve not seen them before you might like to look at Bob Dylan And The Cowboy Jesus Bob Dylan and Cowboy Jesus Part II (The Riddler) Bob Dylan And Cowboy Jesus Part III Bob Dylan And Cowboy Jesus Part … Continue reading

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What’s a Sweetheart Like You doing in a story like this?

by Jochen Markhorst British guitarist Steve Howe (London, 1947) has, in addition to his impressive musical skills, an enviable talent for being in the right place at the right time. With his first band, he’s already taken to the studio … Continue reading

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The forgotten Bob Dylan: Dark Eyes with Patti Smith

By Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood For some songwriters of renown, one could imagine “Dark Eyes” being the pinnacle of their writing careers.   Bob Dylan has played it eight times – those performances spread out between 1986 and 1995.  Here … Continue reading

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Works of Untold Genius: Foot of Pride. The school of abstract songwriting.

by Tony Attwood Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.  Psalm 36:11 (Let me not be trampled underfoot by proud oppressors, or driven from my home by wicked … Continue reading

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The Never Ending Tour 1990 part 1 – vomiting fire

  By Mike Johnson (Kiwipoet) ‘I am the enemy of the unlived meaningless life.’ (Dylan: False Prophet) Part One: The Man in the Moon The transition from 1989 to 1990 was a smooth one in that his line up didn’t … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Cowboy Jesus (Part V)

If you’ve not seen them before you might like to look at Bob Dylan And The Cowboy Jesus Bob Dylan and Cowboy Jesus Part II (The Riddler) Bob Dylan And Cowboy Jesus Part III Bob Dylan And Cowboy Jesus (Part … Continue reading

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The Bob Dylan Showcase: Listen Robert Moses: Chris Sheriden

By Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood Last year, we were fascinated when a lyric sheet for “Listen, Robert Moses,” credited to Bob Dylan, popped up on the internet. And yes it seems “Listen Robert Moses” is another Bob Dylan song – … Continue reading

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Seven days, An Examination of Faith Crisis And Apocalypse, part 3.

 by Paul Robert Thomas Previously published in this series… Seven Days: An Examination of Faith Crisis And Apocalypse Seven Days: an examination of faith, crisis and apocalypse part 2 Few people have taken Dylan’s conversion account without a pinch of … Continue reading

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God Knows where the Lost Chord can be found

by Jochen Markhorst The name of the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan will forever be linked to the librettist of his most successful operas: Gilbert, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert. In the twenty-first century both names live on in the stage name … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Works of Untold Genius. Sing it properly and it will make you cry.

By Tony Attwood Part of the Untold Dylan idea, as you may have noticed, is to explore what happens when we set up a series of articles.  Series allow us to explore in depth and if readers then get interested … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Showcase: Don’t Let anyone write your story (fourth edition)

  By Tony Attwood A while back we had the idea of asking readers who also wrote songs if they fancied taking any of Dylan’s unfinished works and completing them by adding the music.  We called the series “Bob Dylan … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Cowboy Jesus (Part IV)

By Larry Fyffe If you’ve not seen them before you might like to look at Bob Dylan And The Cowboy Jesus Bob Dylan and Cowboy Jesus Part II (The Riddler) Bob Dylan And Cowboy Jesus Part III In his ‘gnostic’-begotten … Continue reading

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Dylan 1980: The Album Cover & the utter, amazing masterpiece (one more time)

By Tony Attwood I say you can be trusted with the power you been given But you’re making a liar out of me When we tagged the notion of designing an album cover for “Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing.” (the album … Continue reading

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Seven Days: an examination of faith, crisis and apocalypse part 2

This article continues from Seven Days: An Examination of Faith Crisis And Apocalypse  by Paul Robert Thomas Suggesting that there is more ‘pathology’ in the obsessive need for commentators to ascribe Dylan’s ‘rebirth’ to anything but the action of God,” … Continue reading

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