Author Archives: TonyAttwood

The Highway Is for Gamblers: Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen Take a One-way Trip

This article originally appeared on “Pop Matters”. By Christopher John Stephens Director Joyce Chopra’s 1985 film Smooth Talk could have been a perfect adaptation of the difficult 1966 Joyce Carol Oates short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Certainly … Continue reading

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Dylan’s videos: The Wilbury years

By Aaron Galbraith For this week let’s take a quick look at the videos put out by The Traveling Wilburys. I say “quick” as once you’ve seen one Wilbury’s video you’ve seen ‘em all. Still they are a lot of … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Harold Pinter (Part II)

Bob Dylan And Harold Pinter part 1 by Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan becomes aware of English playwright Harold Pinter’s motifs concerning lower and middle class families even before he performs on TV in the “log cabin” for the Canadian Broadcasting … Continue reading

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Dignity part IV: I contain multitudes

by Jochen Markhorst Previously in this series Dignity Part 1: A bloody mess Dignity Part II: You can never play too much Bob Wills Dignity Part III: One line brings up another   Herodotus finds it worth mentioning in his … Continue reading

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Why does dylan like Pontchartrain, Legend in my time, and Homeward Bound?

Selection by Aaron Galbraith, words by Tony Attwood The Lakes of Pontchartrain This is a rarity – for we can start with an explanation of how Bob came to learn one of the songs that needs covering in the “Why … Continue reading

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All directions at once part 10: Everybody’s shouting, “Which side are you on?”

by Tony Attwood Links to the previous articles in this series appear at the foot of this piece and on the “All Directions” Index In this series I am trying to put forward the notion that while there is a … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Harold Pinter part 1

By Larry Fyffe In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman’s bluff with the key chain And the all-night girls they speak of escapades out on the ‘D’ train We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight Ask … Continue reading

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Dignity (1989) part III: One line brings up another

Dignity Part 1: A bloody mess Dignity (1989) part II: You can never play too much Bob Wills by Jochen Markhorst It suits well, the poetic perfection of the opening verse. So much so that the poet uses it as … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Chuck Berry, and some wonderful videos

By Larry Fyffe If you’re talking about Bob Dylan and rocknroll, you’re talking about both the lyrics and music of  Chuck Berry who hypes up rhythm and blues: Bertha Mason shook it, broke it Then she hung it on the wall … Continue reading

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All directions at once 9: So far ahead of the game we lost sight

By Tony Attwood If I wanted to point you to just one moment in Dylan’s songwriting life that justified the title “All directions at once,” and if I really was told, “just one moment, no more, just one,” I would … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Rarities: Hang me, Hey Joe and Heartbeat

by Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood If you have been following the “All directions at once” series you may have noticed a mention of the traditional song “Hang me oh Hang Me” Philip Saville invited Bob to perform three songs … Continue reading

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My own love song – Dylan’s instrumentals and other soundtrack songs

by Tony Attwood Mike Smith has reminded Aaron and myself that Dylan wrote a series of instrumental pieces for  Olivier Dahan’s film “My own love song.” This gives us a problem on Untold Dylan, because I have for years proudly … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Tombstone Blues (Part VI)

The series so far… Stuck inside of Halifax with the Tombstone Blues Again Bob Dylan: The Titanic Tombstone Blues (Part II) Bob Dylan And The Tombstone Blues (Part III) Bob Dylan And The Tombstone Blues (Part IV) Bob Dylan And … Continue reading

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Dignity (1989) part II: You can never play too much Bob Wills

Previously: Dignity Part 1: A bloody mess by Jochen Markhorst II          You can never play too much Bob Wills “The list could be endless,” says Dylan, referring to the many archetypes appearing in “Dignity”. Thus, the songwriter implicitly reveals that … Continue reading

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All directions at once: Bob Dylan in 1964; (while we were still in 1963)

By Tony Attwood This is part 8 of “All Directions at once.  Previous episodes are… 1: A song is like a painting, you can’t see it all if you’re standing too close 2: All directions at once: how Dylan’s lyrics empower those … Continue reading

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More Ginsberg and Dylan – the final chapter (we think)

By Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood For you baby: Dylan and Ginsberg and the influence of the Beat generation Vomit Express by Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg. What’s it all about? See you later Allen Ginsberg (1 and 2). Tracing … Continue reading

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Dylan at the mercy of the Muse: Girl from the Red River Shore and Mother of Muses

  By Peter McQuitty Girl From the Red River Shore and Mother of Muses are unusual in the Dylan canon. These songs are not about any of the earthly muses who have inspired Dylan’s work and they are not about … Continue reading

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Dignity Part 1: A bloody mess

by Jochen Markhorst I           A bloody mess  Oh Mercy! is quite a beautiful album anyhow. Otherwise we would have been forced to impose a serious reprimand on Dylan for omitting the masterpieces “Series Of Dreams”, “Born In Time” and “Dignity”. … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Elizabeth Bishop

By Larry Fyffe Whether the singer/songwriter is simply catching the waves breaking on rocky shore of some unconscious Jungian sea, or instead has actually read a particulat poem, in the lyrics of  Bob Dylan, the influence of the emotionally detached … Continue reading

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The art work of The World Gone Wrong

A list of the other articles in this series is given at the foot of this piece. by Patrick Roefflaer Released: October 26, 1993 Photographers: Ana Maria Vélez Wood (front) & Randee St. Nicholas (back) Liner Notes: Bob Dylan Art-Director: … Continue reading

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