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Bob Dylan is about the present: a review of Bob in Boston

By Bev Bob Dylan performed in Boston on November. 16 at the Agganis Arena beginning at about 8:45 pm. He was preceded by Mavis Staples, whose affection, energy and spirit were uplifting. She spoke of “Bobby, indeed” without a lot … Continue reading

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The ten greatest Dylan songs of all time: 6 different points of view

by Tony Attwood Picking the best Dylan songs is a strange game – and not one I am particularly good at playing.  I can put a list together, but then think – oh no, I’ve missed this or that one … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Songs Of Alchemy

Bob Dylan: Songs Of Alchemy by Larry Fyffe Many symbols in the song lyrics of Bob Dylan come from the proto-science, psychology included, that undertaken by the Alchemists. The remnants of Alchemist thought remain scattered throughout the Judeo-Christian Bible. Dylan … Continue reading

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Lily Rosemary & the Jack of Hearts (as I understand it): an alternative vision.

By Ann Alenjandro The story had to take place in Colorado or Wyoming, the only states that had diamond mines at the time except for Arkansas, and this is not an Arkansas song. Rosemary, Big Jim and the Jack of … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Mixed-Up Confusion

  by Larry Fyffe Writings on the subject of ‘Gnosticism’ are an entangled mixed-up mess , even more confusing than writings about religious beliefs considered to be orthodox. Fragments from the ruins of the Gnostic balcony remain in the Judeo-Christian … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Blues and the Syd Barrett tribute

by Tony Attwood This song is given an added level of curiosity since as far as I can see although it is listed in Heylin’s “Revolution in the Air” and mentioned four times, there is no commentary upon it – … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Catullus: Greek and Roman Mythology

  by Larry Fyffe What Bob Dylan’s personal spiritual or religious beliefs are, be his own business. He ain’t sayin’. Their examination of Dylan’s songs, some writers declare, reveals his personal beliefs. Others, like myself, are more interested in what … Continue reading

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Baby I’m in the mood for you; take a Dylan song and reinvent it.

by Tony Attwood If we take a look at the songs Dylan wrote around the time of “Baby I’m in the mood for you” we can see, as I have mentioned before, this incredible variety of musical forms and styles … Continue reading

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Source Of Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts (Part III)

. by Larry Fyffe There are details of the other articles on the site relating to this song at the end of this article. Jesus as the bridegroom, and his church followers, as the bride is a prominent metaphor in … Continue reading

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Honey just allow me one more chance: Bob Dylan’s “borrowed” song which isn’t really borrowed at all

By Tony Attwood According to the official Bob Dylan site this song was written by H. Thomas and Bob Dylan – which is interesting, because as we have noted, a lot of Bob’s songs take elements of other people’s work and … Continue reading

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Lily O’Valley, Mary Magdalena, and The Jehovah of Hearts: Bob Dylan mixes up the medicine

Lily O’Valley, Mary Magdalena, And The Jehovah Of Hearts: Bob Dylan Mixes Up The Medicine by Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan finds gospel music to be very inspirational; the Vineyard Evangelist Movement relies on the impact of such music to emotionally … Continue reading

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What did Bob Dylan die of?

by Tony Attwood Yesterday I typed into Google the phrase “hard rain’s a gonna fall” as part of my regular background research for this site. My purpose was simple; I wanted to see what other people who write about Dylan … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Gnosticism (Part III): The Gospel Of Mary Magdalene

Part 1 of Dylan and Gnosticism Bob Dylan And Gnosticism (Part II): Johnannine Visions by Larry Fyffe Untold it is by Dylanologists that the singer/song writer makes quite a few references to Gnostic writings: Hot chili peppers in the blistering … Continue reading

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From Talkin New York to Talkin Bob Dylan. First to last of the talking blues

By Tony Attwood Apparently Talkin New York came out of an uncompleted Dylan song “NYC Blues”, and it is the first Dylan talking blues to make it onto an album.  It was written, I think, just after “Song to Woodie” … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Gnosticism (Part II): Johnannine Visions

By Larry Fyffe Part 1 of Dylan and Gnosticism appears here Many of the lyrics in Bob Dylan’s song lyrics are doubled-edged, laced with images both dark (devilish) and light (godly) – simply because the existence of very troubling conditions … Continue reading

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Rocks and Gravel: the origin of “It takes a lot to laugh” but not really a Bob Dylan original

By Tony Attwood This song is listed as a Bob Dylan composition, but I think this is a case of where there is a forerunner that is so close to Dylan’s in both music and lyrics that some acknowledgement (if … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Allegory (Part II)

Part one of this series of articles by Larry Fyffe is available here:  Bob Dylan and The Allegory In considering a Bob Dylan song, Kees de Graaf notes that the biblical bride/bridegroom allegory in made use of by the singer/songwriter: God(Jesus) … Continue reading

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Death of Emmett Till: a powerful couplet and a critic seriously out of order

by Tony Attwood The Death of Emmett Till is a song by Bob Dylan that was written around the time of Talkin John Birch and Ramblin Gamblin Willie.  As with those songs Dylan uses an old established musical format, alongside … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and The Allegory

Bob Dylan And The Allegory by Larry Fyffe It is always surprising to me when music critics and even many fans of Bob Dylan’s claim that particular song lyrics indicate a sudden change in his nonconformist philosophical position – his … Continue reading

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Poor Boy Blues: the meaning and its place in Dylan’s writing history

By Tony Attwood If you have been reading through the reviews on this site, rather than dipping to read up on the songs you are thinking about (which is of course fair enough – every reader is very welcome) you’ll … Continue reading

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