Category Archives: Blonde on Blonde

Leopard skin pill-box hat

By Tony Attwood Some 45 years on, working through the first LP of the original Blonde on Blonde album is a bemusing and confusing affair.  There’s the knock about Rainy Day Women as an opening track – a scene setter, … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

By Tony Attwood Can you perform a 12 bar blues using a trombone, tuba, piano, bass, percussion, and a constant tambourine sitting on each and every beat?  And a load of extras shouting interruptions and comments too? Well, yes, here … Continue reading

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I want you

By Tony Attwood In a 1966 interview Dylan said, “It’s not just pretty words to a tune or putting tunes to words… [It’s] the words and the music [together]—I can hear the sound of what I want to say. And … Continue reading

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Visions of Johanna: the meaning of the music, the lyrics and the rewrites

By Tony Attwood. This article updated June 2017, with the Australia 1966 recording added February 2018 and a further version added April 2018. These days it takes a lot to stop me dead in my tracks while thinking about “Visions” … Continue reading

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