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Bob Dylan’s “We Better Talk This Over”: Rhyme, Rhythm, Reason and once live too.

By Jochen Markhorst A Hole In The Head (1959) is a rather melodramatic movie by legend Frank Capra in which co-producer Sinatra plays the leading role, Tony Manetta. Tony is a widower, owner of a small hotel in Miami, an … Continue reading

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Odds And Ends: The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist (Part IV)

By Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan likes nothing better than to mess with proper rhyming as illustrated in the following alliterative verses that involve the Dylanesque ‘rhyme twist’. He sometimes messes with the end-rhyme he carries over from the song that … Continue reading

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The creativity of Bob Dylan: what was it you wanted?

By Tony Attwood This article follows on from The methodology of genius: how Bob Dylan write songs In my last article (above) I suggested that Dylan moved through different themes in his writing, and although certain themes came around time and … Continue reading

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New Pony: Bob Dylan, Jack White, Maria McKee, my feet walk by themselves

By Jochen Markhorst Who is that lady is on the back cover of Shadows In The Night? Eventually that question is satisfactorily resolved by Dutch Dylanologist Tom Willems, in his February 2015 blog  It is Meg White, the ex-wife and … Continue reading

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Bascom Lunsford: The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist (Part III)

Previously in this series: The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist Hardin And Hardy: The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist (Part II) by Larry Fyffe In the the song lyrics of ‘Tell Me Momma’, Bob Dylan pays tribute to Bascom Lunsford who records Appalachian folksongs … Continue reading

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The methodology of genius: how Bob Dylan write songs

By Tony Attwood Many writers are very secretive about how they write, but a few have given us clues across time.  Dylan Thomas, for example, admitted that he could spend all day fretting over which of two words to use … Continue reading

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Going going gone: from the Auction Block to a gripping farewell to life

by Jochen Markhorst It is still standing there, the auction block on which the slaves had to stand to be sold by auction, on the corner of Charles and William Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Controversial enough, to many Fredericksburgers, but … Continue reading

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Hardin And Hardy: The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist (Part II)

  See also The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist part one By Larry Fyffe In the lyrics of his songs, Bob Dylan often leaves (consciously or subconsciously) a sign in rhyme that directs his listeners to the singer (or poet) he sources. … Continue reading

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Like a Polish Wanderer (part 2). The art of performing Dylan in Polish

This article continues from Like a Polish Wanderer: the work of translating Bob Dylan by Filip Łobodziński One of my mottos as a translator is “Literature in a given language may only profit from being translated into a foreign language.” One … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Tangled up every step of the way

By Tony Attwood This article follows on from Bob Dylan: the eternal wanderer, outside and beyond In 1974 Bob Dylan wrote Tangled up in blue which I think most agree is one of his absolute classics, in which the very nature of time … Continue reading

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Drifters Escape: Masked, Anonymous, Jekyll, Hyde, Alice: rolling?

Drifter’s Escape (1967) by Jochen Markhorst When Jack Fate, Dylan’s alter ego, starts “Drifter’s Escape” with his band, in the dusky film Masked And Anonymous (2003), the fair Pagan Lace (Penelope Cruz), seated between the Pope and Gandhi sighs: “I love … Continue reading

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The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist

  By Larry Fyffe Unnoticed by other analysts of Bob Dylan’s songs is the employment of a signature device in his lyrics that I have dubbed the ‘Dylanesque rhyme twist’. That is, when the singer/songwriter pays tribute to a poet … Continue reading

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Like a Polish Wanderer: the work of translating Bob Dylan

Foreword by Tony When I started Untold Dylan I had no idea that Dylan’s music was being translated into and recorded in other languages.  But of course now I think of it, that is a typical anglocentric view, seeing the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: the eternal wanderer, outside and beyond

By Tony Attwood We all know the score: Dylan walks on stage, doesn’t say a word, performs the songs, maybe shares a few comments with members of the band, at the end takes the applause, walks off stage, moves onto  … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released: Hope is a dangerous thing.

I Shall Be Released (1967) by Jochen Markhorst “Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” Despondent words with which the well-meaning Red tries to help his friend Andy Dufresne, … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Hank Snow (Part II)

You might also enjoy: Bob Dylan and Hank Snow: Little Buddy, Drunkard’s Son, Moving On.(Part 1) By Larry Fyffe The influence of Nova Scotian Hank Snow can be detected everywhere in the lyrics of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan: Please meet me tonight … Continue reading

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The real politics of Bob Dylan

By Tony Attwood Ask someone who knows some Dylan songs (maybe has listened to the lyrics, but is not necessarily a great aficionado of the man’s works), about Bob Dylan’s politics, and the chances are that somewhere in the answer … Continue reading

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John Wesley Harding (1967). The argument against.

 by Jochen Markhorst  “A negro named Mage” gets his face a little scratched in a wrestling match with the 15-year-old John Wesley Hardin and does not handle it in a very mature way, as we can learn from Hardin’s posthumously … Continue reading

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Street Rock: a Bob Dylan song? Does Dylan do rap? Does it matter?

By Tony Attwood Time.com, pitching itself as the absolute arbiter of taste, style and quality announced “Street Rock”  as “one of the 10 worst Dylan songs of all time,” which perhaps tells us more about Time’s view of their place … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Symbols Of Alchemy: Birds Of Pray

by Larry Fyffe The portrayal of the Christian Messiah in the Bible shows evidence of the historical influence of the alchemists of Egypt, and the philosophy that is now known as Gnosticism (found in Jewish texts as well). The human … Continue reading

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