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Bob Dylan Dresses Up As Bette Davis

by Larry Fyffe Art culture can be metaphorically depicted as one that spreads out its roots; roots that criss-cross one another in contrast to being envisioned as a tree that steadily sprouts upward: Cinderella, she seems so easy ‘It takes … Continue reading

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Songs about Dylan: The Scots

By Aaron Galbraith As I’m heading home to Scotland for a visit next week I thought this was the perfect time to commemorate my visit with a quick article looking at some songs written about Dylan by a couple of … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Slow Train: not religious yet but let’s talk it over

by Jochen Markhorst Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan from 2003 is a beautiful tribute album on which black gospel artists play eleven, mostly outstanding, versions of Dylan’s religious songs, from songs from the Devout Duo Slow … Continue reading

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The Objective Correlative

By Larry Fyffe John Keats be a neo-RemanticTranscendentalist poet in that he’s melancholic rather than optimistic when it comes to an intuitive sensing of a vitalistic force pervading the natural environment. Rather, images he draws from Nature, as well as … Continue reading

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John Lennon and Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan and John Lennon

By Aaron Galbraith This is part of the series of articles on Songs about Bob Dylan.   The index to the series can be found here.   Let’s look at a couple of tracks that John Lennon wrote or produced about … Continue reading

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For every female is a Golden Loom. Bob Dylan and William Blake

by Jochen Markhorst Barely a generation after his death, the work of the unique multi-talent William Blake (1757-1827) is in danger of disappearing on the waters of oblivion. The zeitgeist of the nineteenth century is not really open to Blake’s … Continue reading

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Everything Is Broken (Part II): Christ And The Phoenix

This article continues from “Everything is broken although God has a plan” by Larry Fyffe The alchemic symbol of the ‘phoenix’, the mythical fire bird that represented the rising and setting sun, goes back to time out of mind, back … Continue reading

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Dylan’s greatest obscure songs ranked in order!

By Tony Attwood In 2015 USA today published an article titled, “Ranking all of Bob Dylan’s songs, from No. 1 to No. 359” Now if you are a regular reader of Untold Dylan you might well note a problem here: … Continue reading

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Sign on the cross: the words mean nothing

by Jochen Markhorst “Elvis,” Dylan replies to the question by whom he likes to hear his songs covered, “Elvis Presley recorded a song of mine. That’s the one recording I treasure the most of all… it was  called Tomorrow Is … Continue reading

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Everything Is Broken (Part II): Christ And The Phoenix

Unfortunately, the wrong article was published here (by Tony, of course) and so has been removed. The correct article under this title is now here Apologies to Larry, and to all readers.

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“Moving on the Water”. The 590th Bob Dylan composition we’ve found

By Tony Attwood At 47.55 on the collection of songs known as “Between Saved and Shot” (see the recording below) there is a song we’ve not mentioned here.  “Moving on the Water”. It is primarily an instrumental with a simple … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and punk. Give the anarchist a cigarette.

by Aaron Galbraith Bob Dylan and punk might not seem like the most natural of bedfellows but it would seem that there is a lot of mutual respect between Dylan and many punk musicians and bands. The band on Down … Continue reading

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Everything Is Broken, although God has a plan

by Larry Fyffe The three Abrahamic religions more or less agree that that God has a plan, not yet fulfilled, that will eventually unify all mankind into a Oneness filled with the spiritual light of His Love; God’ s not … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Walk Out In The Rain with my (current) girlfriend who makes me cry each night

by Jochen Markhorst “Here’s one by a bluegrass songwriter named Bob Dylan,” says Ronnie McCoury in September 2007, introducing “Walk Out In The Rain” at a bluegrass festival in Austin, Texas. It is not the first time he makes the … Continue reading

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“All the way down”: A missing Dylan track rediscovered

by Tony Attwood This song is mentioned in The Copyright Files by Tim Dunn where it is suggested that it comes from early 1981, and registered for copyright in 1985.  Otherwise there seems to be little or nothing said about … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Mary Magdalene  by Larry Fyffe  

by Larry Fyffe The names of the two main characters in “Victory” tempts one to give the story a Christian interpretation – Heyst rhymes with Christ; Lena is a shortened form of Magdelena. But the ending of Joseph Conrad’s sorrowful … Continue reading

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Let Me Die In My Footsteps; let me depart this song and sing another

by Jochen Markhorst A minor faction of Dylanologists argues that “Let Me Die In My Footsteps” is actually the first Dylan song. It is the first composition for which he comes up with the melody all by himself, not borrowing … Continue reading

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Songs about Dylan: Part 7 – the blues about Bob.

Research by Aaron Galbraith; comments by Tony Attwood Syd Barrett was one of the most amazing talents of the 1960s, but circumstances stripped him of the longevity he should have had as a composer, and so we are left with … Continue reading

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Gnostic Symbolism Of The Raven   By Larry Fyffe

By Larry Rationalist thinkers during the Age of Enlightenment cast the Judeo-Christian God outside the workings of the physical Universe, and look instead to science in order to explain human behaviour – without resorting to moral terms like ‘good’ and … Continue reading

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The art work on Bob Dylan’s albums: The Basement Tapes

Patrick Roefflaer The Basement Tapes… Released                       January 17, 1975 Photographer                Reid Miles Liner Notes                    Greil Marcus Design Consultant         Bob Cato Throughout Summer and Fall of 1967, Bob Dylan and the musicians that later would call themselves The Band, recorded more … Continue reading

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