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Bob Dylan And More Mythology (Part II)

This article continues from Bob Dylan And More Mythology Part I by Larry Fyffe A number of song lyrics by Bob Dylan have their roots soaked in the mythology of Dionysus. Dionysus (Bacchus) is known to be both kind and … Continue reading

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Never-Ending Tour 1988, Part Two – the 1960s revisited.

By Mike Johnson (Kiwipoet) Previously in this mega-series we have looked at the very start of the Never Ending Tour (NET). The Never-Ending Tour: 1987 – Farewell to all that NET 1988: Desperate stratagems, Part 1: Heroes and Villains So … Continue reading

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This Wheel’s On Fire: where’s that restraining order?

by Jochen Markhorst  By now it has the status of a classic, the book by The Band‘s drummer (1993). It is a textbook example of a rise-and-fall tragedy, embellished with some bitter venom (Robbie Robertson doesn’t get away well) and … Continue reading

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The Untold Bob Dylan Showcase

By Tony Attwood OK the Untold Dylan Showcase is on the road: we have our first recording. This is a speculative idea, which comes out of the fact that I suspect many of us are stuck in our homes without … Continue reading

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Why does Bob Dylan like “I’ll not be a stranger”

by Tony Attwood “I’ll not be a stranger” is a song that Bob Dylan has performed twice, and it is something of an interesting choice. It is a rather obscure piece and it is listed, (where it is listed at … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And More Mythology Part I

By Larry Fyffe Diana (Artemis) is the mythological Goddess of the Moon, and the Hunt; the cypress tree and the deer are sacred to her; she has a gentle side and a dark side – turns a Peeping Tom into … Continue reading

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Untold Dylan Showcase: a call for readers’ performances

By Tony Attwood Over the years we have put on this site one or two recordings created by readers who have been performing Dylan songs.  Often these have been songs that Dylan himself hasn’t performed, or indeed their own arrangement … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: “I’ve been shot at just like you”

By Tony Attwood and Denise Konkal Denise has produced her final version of the lyrics of “Murder Most Foul” which are set out below.   As for Tony, here are his final thoughts after a full day of contemplation. In my … Continue reading

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Why “Murder Most Foul”? Teasing meanings from Dylan’s song

Here are the lyrics provided by Denise Konkal – a massive improvement on my stumbling approach earlier today.  Below the lyrics we have a commentary on what it all means. 1: It was a dark day in Dallas November 63 … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Murder Most Foul: the lyrics

By Tony Attwood The lyrics to Bob’s new song are being written up here. In my edition there are currently many gaps, and undoubtedly many errors – if you can correct any please do write in. But Denise is now … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Pygmalion

by Larry Fyffe Previously pointed out is that the song lyrics of ‘She Belongs To Me’ by Bob Dylan, though it’s a revised version of the myth, can be interpreted as having Jungian roots in the mythological story of Orpheus … Continue reading

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The subject matter of Bob Dylan’s songs: 1974

by Tony Attwood In this series of articles I have been trying to give very simple one word definitions of the subject matter of Bob Dylan compositions year by year, in the hope of seeing exactly how the themes within … Continue reading

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The pagodas of the destroyed city: translating Dylan under instruction

by Jochen Markhorst I          The Japanese Nightsong Translating poetry is walking on thin ice. One of the most beautiful examples from world literature is Goethe’s classic miniature “Wanderers Nachtlied” (Wanderers Nightsong) from 1780: Über allen Gipfeln                                 O’er all the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan sings The VD songs

By Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood Towards the end of the famous Minnesota Tapes, which also includes the recently reviewed “Bonnie Why’d You Cut My Hair” you will find the four oddly titled tracks, “ VD Blues”, “ VD Waltz”, … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Arcane Metaphor

by Larry Fyffe Things have changed once the over-zealous creed on strictness in sexual matters (brought to the Promised Land of America by the Puritans) became fodder for serious criticism by open-minded artists as well as by artists who favour … Continue reading

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The Art Work of the Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 (guest visitor, Michael Palin)

by Patrick Roefflaer This article is one of a unique series of insights into the creation of the art work within each of Bob Dylan’s albums.  There is a list of all the articles in the series here. Traveling Wilburys … Continue reading

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I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, and perhaps Joe Hill too.

by Jochen Markhorst The American writer Joe Hill has been successful for a while, not only as an author of popular comics (the Locke & Key series, for example), but also as a writer of horror, thriller and fantasy since … Continue reading

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Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues: the sampler version

By Tony Attwood and Aaron Galbraith We recently presented, for the first time, an article on “The Sampler Sessions” – musicians who have taken elements of Dylan songs and then represented them in new forms. We’re not sure too many … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Prince Phillip (and Dignity)

by Larry Fyffe In his article entitled “Who Wrote Dylan”, Ross Altman asserts that Bob Dylan makes a deal with Prince Charles to write lyrics for his songs. And furthermore that Charles writes Dylan’s early songs. However, it’s rather surprising … Continue reading

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Why does Dylan like “Dark as a Dungeon”

Editorial note: One of the wonderful things about Untold Dylan is that readers are so active in joining in with suggestions.  So when Russell Pottinger suggested another entry for our “Why Does Dylan Like” series, we jumped at the idea. … Continue reading

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