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Bob Dylan’s endless need to keep leaving, keep wandering and just keep moving on.

By Tony Attwood In traditional popular music, the central themes are love, lost love and dance.  Dylan is not known to be interested too much in dance, but love and lost love are certainly central to his interest. But the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Percy Shelley

Bob Dylan And Percy Shelley By Larry Fyffe That the Utopian egalitarian society envisioned in the imagination of Romantic Percy Shelley is always being torn apart by the poet’s observations of reality much influences the song lyrics of Bob Dylan; … Continue reading

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Dylan: Things Have Changed Or Have They?

Dylan: Things Have Changed Or Have They? By Larry Fyffe ‘Things Have Changed’ by Bob Dylan references The Threepenny Opera, a satirical musical on self-interest, about money-hungry capitalists and left-behind poor folks endeavouring to follow the footprints of the golden … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1998/9: the road to the Oscar

By Tony Attwood Having completed his first collection of new songs in years and years, Bob wrote nothing between January 1997 and July 1999.   It was his only recording of a new song in 1999, but what a song. It … Continue reading

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Po Boy: a walk through the heritage of American culture with Bob Dylan

by Tony Attwood Before I started to gather materials for a review of Bob Dylan’s Po’ Boy I had not appreciated how oft-use the phrase “Po’ Boy” or “Poor Boy” is in American culture.  It doesn’t have the same resonance … Continue reading

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Carl Sandburg And Bob Dylan: Part II

Carl Sandburg And Bob Dylan: Part II By Larry Fyffe Carl Sandburg’s soft socialistic poems mix so-called ‘lowbrow’ folk songs with what is often thought of as ‘highbrow’ poetry to bring themes of democracy back home to the alienated working … Continue reading

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On the criticism that Bob Dylan’s Nobel lecture was in part lifted from elsewhere

By Tony Attwood It seems to me that in suggesting that something is amiss, because some of Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize lecture was lifted from online critiques of the books Dylan mentions, those correspondents who make such a claim are … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1997: finishing “Time out of mind” before touring again.

by Tony Attwood The return to songwriting in 1996/7 did not reduce the level of touring that Bob and the band were doing.  But there was a break from the end of November 1996 until February 1997 when the tour … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Other Speech

  By Larry Fyffe ‘Untold’ received a plain brown paper envelope containing the acceptance speech Bob Dylan gave to a s select audience of bird watchers at the headquarters of the National Audubon Society in Manhattan. He had received an … Continue reading

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Nothing was delivered: one of the last Basement Tapes songs.

By Tony Attwood I’m not really too sure why people make a fair bit of fuss about this song; it is very much the format that came about when country met rock met blues in the late 1940s and early … Continue reading

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Villon And Dylan

Villon And Dylan By Larry Fyffe In many of Bob Dylan’s song lyrics he takes on the persona of Francois Villon, a French vagabond poet of the 15th century, an autobiographical poet who turns the courtly values of his day … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1996: the master songwriter returns after five years out.

By Tony Attwood Article amended 15 June 2017 Bob Dylan toured consistently in 1996 from April through to August, before finally taking a break.  And at this point, for the first time in over five years, he started writing and … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Carl Sandburg

By Larry Fyffe Unlike many of the Romantic Transcendentalist poets, who seek to express through words an actual link they feel with Nature, Modernist poets often use language as a tool to make looser associations, comparisons, and analoies with natural … Continue reading

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‘If a song moves you, that’s all that’s important… I don’t have to know what a song means.” Dylan reveals his approach to composition.

. What Bob Dylan’s Nobel acceptance speech tells us about Dylan’s songwriting. By Tony Attwood Until now I have felt that the speech Bob Dylan gave at the Music Cares festival (and which I have often quoted elsewhere) was the … Continue reading

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Frost Fills The Window; Dylan’s Knocking On The Door

By Larry Fyffe   Sometimes but not all the time, an Existentialist amoral outlook darkens Bob Dylan’s song lyrics – there’s no meaning to life’s existence, no feeling of a guiding spirit flowing through external Nature; only the presence of the violence-backed … Continue reading

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“Band of the Hand (It’s Hell Time Man)”. Dylan’s forgotten movie song.

A Journey Through “Hell Time” With a Forgotten Dylan Gem By Steve Watson Bob Dylan wrote “Band of the Hand (It’s Hell Time Man)” as the theme to a 1986 film of the same name. In the film, a group … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and William Carlos Williams

By Larry Fyffe Social Darwinism is an ideology that sanctifies the control over the technological means of production by the capitalist class. Donning the mask of science, its advocates the claim that evidenced-based Darwinian natural selection explains the formation of … Continue reading

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Open the Door Homer; Bob Dylan’s song to Richard

By Tony Attwood “Open the Door Homer” was produced during a prolific period of Basement Tapes writing and recording, but for me it is a song that doesn’t quite get to the heights of the songs preeceeding it.  Songs such … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Archibald MacLeish

Bob Dylan And Archibald MacLeish by Larry Fyffe   The imagery of the Romantic Transcendentalist poets tends to be organic and fluid; the benevolence of external Nature, with its regenerative and restorative power, is celebrated:   To me the converging … Continue reading

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Why can’t Bob Dylan appreciate which are his best compositions?

By Tony Attwood Prologue When working on the review of Someone’s got a hold of my heart / Tight connection to my heart it became clear to me (if it wasn’t already) just how many Dylan fans really believed that Dylan had … Continue reading

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