Author Archives: TonyAttwood

Bob Dylan And Cupid (Part II)

by Larry Fyffe According to ancient Greek/Roman mythology, Psyche, daughter of a king, attempts to get on the good side of the Olympian Goddess Venus. The mortal maiden is searching for Cupid, the winged son of the Goddess of Love … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The subject matter of the Basement tapes compared to other Dylan songs

by Tony Attwood This article updated 17 Feb 2020, with a few extra statistics at the end of the piece. Trying to categorise the themes within Bob Dylan’s songwriting is complicated – many songs overlap between themes, and besides, who … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tryin’ To Get To Heaven but not falling from the sky

by Jochen Markhorst Among the many pearls glittering on one of his most beautiful albums, Hunky Dory from 1971, shines the remarkable “Song For Bob Dylan”, a beautiful song with a striking text, of which the often quoted a voice … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Bob Dylan And Cupid Part 1

  by Larry Fyffe Singer/songwriter/musician Bob Dylan claims that he has little knowledge regarding ancient Greek and Roman mythology, but ‘Untold’ has already shown examples of his song lyrics to our loyal readers that reveal that the Captain in the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The subject matter of Dylan’s Basement Tapes songs. Part 3

by Tony Attwood This series is analyzing in very simple terms, what Bob Dylan’s lyrics are about.  Simplicity is part of the key here since it allows us to try and link songs together into groups, and from that gather … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lo And Behold: this is chicken town

by Jochen Markhorst “What’s it to ya, Moby Dick? This is chicken town!” An opulence of wondrous exuberances, in the sparkling Basement Tapes pearl “Lo And Behold!” and chicken town is just one of many. Thirteen years later, the poultry … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Absolute exclusive: Empire Burlesque and Biograph art work

      by Patrick Roefflaer Empire Burlesque Released                        June 10, 1985 Photographer                 Ken Regan Drawing                         Bob Dylan Art-director                    Nick Egan The photographs In the second half of 1984, Bruce Springsteen scores hit after hit with dance remixes of songs from … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Kahlil Gibran: The Drunkard Lebanese-American, He Follows Me

by Larry Fyffe Sufism is an offshoot of Islam that’s characterized by asceticism and mysticism. A Sufi looks inwardly to his/her mind and soul for the meaning of human existence rather than outwardly to the doctrines of orthodox religion that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Bob’s Japanese tour: Potential set lists part 2

By mr tambourine This article continues from Bob Dylan: Potential 2020 Setlists. Part 1, the Japan Tour April 2, Tokyo, 2020 Cold Irons Bound (first since 2011) (Bob on guitar) (new arrangement) It Ain’t Me, Babe (Bob on piano) Highway … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Being trapped: the meanings of Bob Dylan’Basement songs part 2

By Tony Attwood Taking all of Dylan’s compositions up to the disappearance of the gang into the basement we have these as the major themes… Lost love, moving on: 24 Protest (war, poverty, society): 20 Love, desire: 17 Travelling on, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I’ll Keep It With Mine whether he wrote it for me or not

by Jochen Markhorst In her rather complacent autobiography Sweet Judy Blue Eyes (2012), Judy Collins remembers an imminent cat-fight with Joan Baez which is lulled by lawyers. Baez has heard that Collins wants to record “I’ll Keep It With Mine” … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Bob Dylan: Whose Side Is He On?

By Larry Fyffe In the allegorical tale of love below, singer/songwriter Bob Dylan switches sides with regards to the drawn-out Trojan War of ancient Greek mythology. Therein, Zeus and his son Apollo decide to stand back somewhat and allow fate … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Bob Dylan: Potential 2020 Setlists. Part 1, the Japan Tour

By mr tambourine For now, we only have info that Bob’s playing from April 1 to April 21 (a total of 14 concerts if I’m not mistaken; as of February 4th 2020 when I’m writing this article. This would not … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The meanings of the original songs in the Basement tapes part 1

We already have three articles on Bob Dylan’s work from 1966. Dylan in 1966: what was Dylan writing about and how did it compare with previous years 1966: The creation of the masterpiece and decline into desperation What Dylan was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Down along the cove we’ll re-write the lyrics and mix ’em up

by Jochen Markhorst Producer Bob Johnston’s work ethic is absurd as it is, but the production he runs in 1969 exceeds the absurd. Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, Leonard Cohen’s Songs From A Room, The Byrds (Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde), Dan … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bob Dylan As Jeremiah

  by Larry Fyffe The prophet Jeremiah, with metaphors abounding, warns that the God of the Hebrews is sending the Babylonian army from the north to destroy Jerusalem (Zion) because so many inhabitants of Judah practise idolatry. Best it seems … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bob Dylan and… Crosby, Stills & Nash

By Aaron Galbraith Let’s start with David Crosby here. Crosby and Dylan have been friendly since the mid-60s since Bob dropped into an early Byrd’s session. But Crosby says he heard him before he ever even made a record: “I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

 All Along The Watchtower everyone tried a version

By Jochen Markhorst The scanty instrumentation and the old-fashioned, simple song structures of The Basement Tapes Dylan brings along to Nashville, where in October 1967, after a year and a half absence, he finally returns to a real studio to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Bob Dylan And The Symbolism Of The Cypress Tree

  by Larry Fyffe In ancient Roman/Greek mythology the cypress tree becomes a symbol of permanent mourning. Apollo, the sun-god, the twin of the moon goddess Artemis (Diana), gives a beloved boy a gift of a stag. The lad accidentally … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The art work of Nashville Skyline

by Patrick Roefflaer Released:                       April 9, 1969 Photographer front:         Elliott Landy Liner Notes:                    Johnny Cash Photographer back:         Al Clayton Art-director                     ? Al Clayton In 1956, Al Clayton was a third-year medical student in the Navy. When he was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment