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Bob Dylan and Metonymy

  by Larry Fyffe Because this particular figure of speech is more open to interpretation than others, metonymy is often used in Post Modern poetry and song lyrics. Metonymy twists one term into another associated with it as when a … Continue reading

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Why does Bob Dylan so adore “So Cold in China”?

By Tony Attwood This article follows on from a comment made by Jochen Markhorst in his excellent review of  Buckets of Rain relating to Bob Dylan’s professed adoration of the song “So Cold in China”  In case you missed it, here is … Continue reading

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Buckets of Rain: Bob Dylan when he was ten? No, certainly not.

by Jochen Markhorst Leo Kottke is an exceptional world-class guitar player, whose records have led to open mouths and despondency among industrious guitar students since 1969. His singing talents are less skyscraping (in his own words: as “geese farts on … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Synesthesia Of Nettie Moore

  by Larry Fyffe Synesthesia is a literary technique whereby ambiguous senses of words, and the five conventional physical senses – hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, touching – are meshed together to create striking images that transmit layers of meanings to … Continue reading

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Vomit Express by Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg. What’s it all about?

By Tony Attwood Before I started doing any reading around this song I wondered how Dylan and Ginsberg could write a song together, both being lyricists.   And I was further puzzled when I noticed that Eyolf Østrem who knows a thing … Continue reading

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Farewell Angelina: How come Bob Dylan never played it again?

by Jochen Markhorst No hard feelings, for their part. The listening preferences of the three African Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus) Léo, Zoé and Shango are being monitored in 2012 by researchers at the University of Lincoln on possible love for … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Upcoming Tour Of The Planets: Saturn (Part II)

By Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan announces upcoming tour of the planets Though we know that the concerts of singer/songwriter/musician Bob Dylan that were planned for the planet Saturn have been cancelled due to slow ticket sales, the editors at the … Continue reading

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The Whistle is Blowing: Bob Dylan’s last NBT composition

By Tony Attwood Here is the recorded version of this slow traditional blues Obviously the lyrics are those from Dylan’s 1967 notebook, while the music is composed by Marcus Mumford.  The song appears as one of the extra tracks on … Continue reading

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One More Cup Of Coffee: to the valley below

One More Cup Of Coffee (1976) by Jochen Markhorst Desire is a key word in Bizet’s masterpiece, the opera Carmen (1875). The pitiful Don José endured the shame and inconvenience of the prison thanks to the flower Carmen had thrown at … Continue reading

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Who Murdered Big Diamond Jim Is Finally Solved

by Larry Fyffe At long last, the full story that Bob Dylan only partially reveals in the song “Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts” can be told. Turns out the backstage manager of the “Cabaret” (a night club which … Continue reading

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Diamond Ring: Bob Dylan wants to get back, and then immediately leave

by Tony Attwood This is one of the five songs not placed on the standard version of the New Basement Tapes album, but is avaialable on the deluxe edition, and has music by Taylor Goldsmith. It’s just under three minutes … Continue reading

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Soon after midnight: Bob Dylan’s real murder ballad

by Jochen Markhorst The successful and influential comics series Preacher (66 parts, 1995-2000) is the frenzied, fiercely fanning, bewildering and highly original story of the priest Jesse Custer. Custer has gained control over a half divine, half demonic force, “Genesis” … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud (Part V)

You might also enjoy Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud Part I Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud Part II Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud Part III Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud Part IV By Larry Fyffe Without darkness, there’s no light; … Continue reading

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Dylan sings Dylan: Bob Dylan Revisited

Aaron  Galbraith One thing an artist of a certain age and standing might attempt to do is to release an album of re-recorded or reworked versions of their own songs. Looking through my own CD collection I found these ones … Continue reading

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Quick like a flash: Bob Dylan and the problem of the New Basement Tapes

By Tony Attwood Quick like a flash is a song written by Bob Dylan in his notebook to which Jim James added music.  It is part of the New Basement Tapes collection. It has been suggested that “Quick Like a … Continue reading

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Jokerman by Bob Dylan. The one that got away.

by Jochen Markhorst Dylan himself is not too flattered when he is compared to a clown or a joker. In 2015 the manuscript of “American Pie” is auctioned (for $1.2 million), and author Don McLean finally, after 44 years of … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Dirty Hot Dogs And Heroes In The Seaweed

  By Larry Fyffe The visions of singer/singwriter Bob Dylan are best described as Gnostic. Tangled as he is in an enclosed physical space of darkness, Dylan seeks to escape by means of his works of art to the light … Continue reading

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Card Shark by Bob Dylan. A curious little number.

By Tony Attwood This is, according to the record kept by my computer, article number 1000 on Untold Dylan.   The very first article  a review of Mississippi – one of the all time great Dylan compositions in my opinion. Article … Continue reading

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Visions Of Johanna: the poetic power – oh how can I explain

by Jochen Markhorst We owe the thin, wild, mercury sound to a flash of  inspiration from producer Bob Johnston. After exhausting, unsatisfactory and mostly unsuccesful recording sessions at the Columbia studios in New York, Johnston proposes to move to the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Announces Upcoming Tour Of The Planets

  by Larry Fyffe Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan confirmed yesterday that next year’s Never-Ending Tour will include concerts on a number of the planets that make up our solar sysem. Bob comments in an interview about his planned interplanetary mission: Don’t … Continue reading

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