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Bob Dylan And Samuel Coleridge (Part ll)

. Bob Dylan And Samuel Coleridge (Part ll) (or maybe III) (Part one appears as The Land Of Milk And Honey: Bob Dylan And Samuel Coleridge   while part II (ish) is published under  Bob Dylan And Henry Timrod: The Country … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages”. He was so much older then.

By Joost Nillissen Now that I am about to enter a new phase of my life, I look for a song to ease the passage into retirement. Rather morbidly I thought Tombstone Blues might be appropriate I wish I could … Continue reading

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Untold’s Exclusive Interview With Bob Dylan

Untold’s Exclusive Interview With Bob Dylan Interview conducted by Larry Fyffe   Location: The ‘Untold Office’ on the roof of the 12-storey Saint James Hotel in New York City Untold: Thanks for coming up to visit us, Bob….You sound a … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Allen Ginsberg

Bob Dylan And Allen Ginsberg By Larry Fyffe Poets who influence Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and William Carlos Williams, and, especially, the pre-Romantic poet William Blake who exalts physical sex as an integral part of … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: the movie years 2001/2005

By Tony Attwood After writing and recording “Love and Theft” Bob Dylan entered another sparse period of song writing, and indeed much of the 21st century can be characterised in terms of a far less active period of composition than … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Henry Timrod: The Country Coleridge Rambles

By Larry Fyffe If you have been following Untold Themes, you will know I have pointed out previously that when the singer Bob Dylan pays tribute to a poet by referencing a poem, the songwriter may take direct quotes from … Continue reading

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Cross the green mountain: Dylan’s civil war song

by Tony Attwood This little article took me much longer than usual to write – for reasons that I think are quite apparent in the article itself.   But because I got so tangled up with the issues I faced … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan & Lawrence Ferlinghetti: from Mona Lisa’s trial to the Reader’s Digest

Bob Dylan And Lawrence Ferlinghetti By Larry Fyffe Under the influence of poet William Carlos Williams, Lawrence Ferlinghetti writes sardonic poems in plain language about the American vision of a Promised Land shattered by the material greed of New Babylon, a … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 2000/1: an old approach to writing songs, and a new approach too.

By Tony Attwood Song of the Year: Honest with Me  Returning to composition in 1996 after a five year break, Dylan spread the writing of Time Out of Mind across late 1996 and early 1997, and then once again stopped … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Andre Breton

Bob Dylan And Andre Breton By Larry Fyffe In his poetic basement, Andre Breton, French poet, mixes up the medicine of Karl Marx’s exploitative economics with that of the subconscious mind. Under its influence, Bob Dylan broadens protest against a … Continue reading

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One line to carry with you: why Dylan’s lyrics are so important for so many people

By Tony Attwood A short while ago I wrote an article in response to the accusation that some of us who like Bob Dylan’s music, were in fact obsessed by Bob Dylan. I thought it was a rather personal reflection … Continue reading

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Dylan’s “Tempest”; the Beggar’s Banquet; the Threepenny Opera and “The Tempest”

Bob Dylan: Tempest by Larry Fyffe The Rolling Stones update and pastiche the Threepenny Opera, a mock-opera that equates the amoral behaviour of Mack The Knife with the legalized greed of the captains of industry under the capitalist system: Waiting … Continue reading

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Waiting for you: Bob Dylan and the Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood

By Tony Attwood This is odd.  I mean, really odd.  And it has had 157 outings according the official website – although they still haven’t got around to putting up a copy of the lyrics.  If you don’t know it, … Continue reading

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Under The Milk Wood With Bob Dylan

  By Larry Fyffe Much of the style of Bob Dylan’s song lyrics is marked by assonance (alike vowel sounds), and consonance (alike consonant sounds) that includes alliteration. ‘Under Milk Wood’, a Romantic surrealistic and satirical play-poem by Dylan Thomas, … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Got A Lot Of Gall: The Four Humours (Part II)

Got A Lot Of Gall: The Four Humours (Part II) By Larry Fyffe That the culture of poetry is filled with the left-over diction of the fuzzy pseudo-science of ‘the four humours’ is demonstrated, on one interpretative level, by the … Continue reading

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Sugar Baby: the origin of Dylan’s song in “Lonesome Road” and what it means

By Tony Attwood I was brought up in a small flat (apartment) in post-war north London.  We had a baby grand piano (which was apparently hoisted in through the window when we moved in) which took up most of the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Got A Lot Of Gall

Bob Dylan’s Got A Lot Of Gall BY Larry Fyffe Embedded in the language of poetry are metaphors that have roots going back to the days of William Shakespeare, and beyond. A naturalistc explanation for human behaviour arises to compete … Continue reading

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Are you obsessed with Bob Dylan? And if so, does it matter?

By Tony Attwood “Why are you so obsessed with Bob Dylan?” was, I suspect, just a throw away comment when it was made on this site, and not meant to open up a whole debate But it did get me wondering. … Continue reading

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 Bob Dylan And Literary Allusions – part 2

  This article continues on from  Bob Dylan And Literary Allusions By Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan opens up the gates of the music industry, allowing for mature subjects, rooted in traditional folk and blues music, and in the classics of … Continue reading

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Cry a while: Bob Dylan gathering all the old blues into one song

by Tony Attwood “Cry A While” from Live and Theft sounds to me like Bob Dylan pulling in references to all the blues songs he hasn’t referenced so far in his compositions, and in the end there seem to be … Continue reading

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