Author Archives: TonyAttwood

The first crow of the rooster: Dylan knocking Planet Waves

The article below, by Jochen Markhorst, is an extract from Jochen’s new book (in English this time), Blood On The Tracks which is now on sale via Amazon both on Kindle and as a paperback.   Details of how to order … Continue reading

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We All Live In A Blue Jungian Sea

  by Larry Fyffe The poems of Guillaume Apollinaire, who is credited with coining the words ‘cubism’ and ‘surrealism’, are not all filled with dark humour; there be light-humoured poems as well. The Rimbardian fairy-tale-like poem by Apollinaire given below … Continue reading

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Dylan, McGuinn, Hillman, Clark… part 1: Dylan and Roger McGuinn

  by Aaron Galbraith I’ve been lucky enough in my life to see both Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman live in concert, although unfortunately Gene Clark died before I was of regular concert going age, he died in 1991 and … Continue reading

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Pressing On, after the thunder, a declaration

by Jochen Markhorst When Modern Times is released, in August 2006, the old master has achieved a status that a new album immediately hits the top of the charts and is breaking news in a wide range of the most … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Oak Tree

By Larry Fyffe The oak tree is a symbol of durability and wisdom – in ancient mythology, oaks are believed to whisper the will of Zeus, the God of Thunder. In the Bible, the Hebrew God speaks through one of … Continue reading

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What was Dylan writing about? The 20 songs of 1964.

by Tony Attwood Bob Dylan composed 20 new songs in 1964 – although as you can read from the notes (just follow the link) the first song on the list is not a “real” Dylan song in that he only … Continue reading

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I Want You: the King of Rhyme seeks the outrageous enjambements

by Jochen Markhorst “We are a nation of undertakers,” a cockily content Dutch Prime Minister Den Uyl speaks in the 1970s to a group of undoubtedly bewildered American entrepreneurs. Had Dylan been there, he most likely would have applied for … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan As Teiresias

By Larry Fyffe Sophocles of Thebes writes a tragic play about the mythological King of Thebes, named Oedipus, who tries to avoid his fate. A female oracle of Truth, of Apollo the Sun God, lets it be known to his … Continue reading

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The subject matter of Dylan’s songs of 1963

Other articles in this emerging series about Dylan the composer in the 1960s The songs of the 1960s in chronological order Dylan in 1961: The Overview Bob Dylan’s early songs of love and lost love (1961/2) Bob Dylan: the protest … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Silent Weekend. How did those words go again?

by Jochen Markhorst In December 2016, a remarkable story with a suspiciously high urban legend quality bounces around through the media worldwide. In a television program, the Japanese Otou Yumi talks to his wife for the first time after 20 … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Book Of John

By Larry Fyffe Generally speaking, somewhat related to the tenets of Zoroastrianism, gnostics (both Hebrew and Christian) hold that from the distant Spiritual Monad emanates a flawed Demiurge who creates a physical place, not of black and white, of good … Continue reading

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The foundations of Bob Dylan’s lyrics: The subject matter in the early years

By Tony Attwood As you may have realised (if you have been paying attention to my ramblings), of late I have been trying to evolve an overview of Bob Dylan’s writing between 1959/60 – when we have a sighting of … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Day Of The Locusts: the revenge of the grasshopper

by Jochen Markhorst David Crosby regards himself a friend of Dylan’s and that works because he cracked the code: “I get along with him pretty well now because I’ve managed to keep him from knowing that I’m impressed (at least, … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Showboat

by Larry Fyffe As previously noted, Bob Dylan is familiar with the poetry of Hart Crane: Oh, lean from the window, if the train slows down As though you touched hands with some ancient clown A little while gaze absently … Continue reading

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I believe in you: the Sinead O’Connor experience

By Tony Attwood This is not a website dedicated to putting forward a political or religious view – it is about the exploration of Bob Dylan’s music – including by writers who might have a political view. And of course … Continue reading

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As I Went Out One Morning I bumped into WH Auden and borrowed his notebook

by Jochen Markhorst   Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973) does leave a mark on John Wesley Harding indeed. For “The Wicked Messenger” Dylan borrows the striking rhyme scheme and structure of Auden’s “In Schrafft’s”, and for “As I Went Out One … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan  Goes Time Travellin’  Once Again

  By Larry Fyffe It’s contended by most historians that there be no domesticated camels when Abraham is supposed to have lived, a time the following biblical verse refers to: And the man came into the house And he ungirded … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: the songs of moving on 1961/62

By Tony Attwood This is part of a series of articles in which we examine the lyrical themes of Bob Dylan’s music.  Articles so far in the series include Bob Dylan’s early songs of love and lost love Bob Dylan: … Continue reading

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I Believe In You: momentary conversion for all non-believers

by Jochen Markhorst Between November 1, 1979 and May 21, 1980, 202 days, Dylan undertakes three “Gospel Tours”. 79 Performances, during which, just as in the good old days, he has to endure a lot of booing and swearing. Dylan … Continue reading

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Man Gave Names To All The Birds

by Larry Fyffe The Untold Corporation has decided to release some more of its vast collection of Bob Dylan archived material to the public. Below are the lyrics of a song by Bob Dylan that he sang at a special … Continue reading

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