Author Archives: TonyAttwood

Bob Dylan: Gnostic Alechemy Revisited

  By Larry Fyffe Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan comes in contact with the symbols of Gnostic Alchemy from the get-go. He reads ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe, and he takes part in  ‘Madhouse On Castle Street’, a modernist Western TV  … Continue reading

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Songs about Bob Dylan: the Americana tracks

By Aaron Galbraith In this series we are looking at songs about Bob Dylan.   Recently we have covered… Songs about Dylan part 1: The Joan Baez songs Songs about Dylan part 2: The country songs Songs about Dylan part 3: … Continue reading

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The Lonesome Organ Grinder: Why do people work to understand Dylan’s lyrics?

Or to put it another way, “Is there a secret code within Bob Dylan’s songs, and if so what does it tell us?” By Tony Attwood One day, I guess when I was around 14 or 15, the thought struck … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And  The Heart Of Darkness: Joseph Conrad (Part ll)

Bob Dylan And  The Heart Of Darkness: Joseph Conrad (Part ll) The Heart of Darkness Part I is available here. By Larry Fyffe In ‘Lolita’, Valdimir Nabokov defies his readers to unravel whether he’s writing about something that happens in … Continue reading

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Black Crow Blues, a touch of van Gough (and more crows)

by  Jochen Markhorst In the mid-1950s, Dutch columnist-author Simon Carmiggelt reaches a first peak in terms of both quality and quantity; his typewriter is an erupting volcano and virtually each piece is flawless in every area – stylistic, substantive and … Continue reading

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The Golden Rules

by Larry Fyffe In the song lyrics quoted just below, expressed is a dark cynicism concerning any possibility of progressive change happening for the good of all mankind: I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution Take a bow to … Continue reading

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Songs about Dylan: Cat Power and Laura Imbruglia

by Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood In this series we are looking at songs about Bob Dylan.   Recently we have covered… Songs about Dylan part 1: The Joan Baez songs Songs about Dylan part 2: The country songs Songs about … Continue reading

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Down In The Flood (Crash On The Levee) like you ain’t never heard it before

by Jochen Markhorst “The madly complicated modern world was something I took little interest in,” Dylan writes in Chronicles, looking back on his early years in New York. “What was swinging, topical and up to date for me was stuff … Continue reading

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Bye And Bye Miss American Pie

by Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan’s “Bye And Bye” can be construed to be a song about  obsessive love for another person. But on another level, it’s an allegory, a double-edged ‘confessional’ song, about his love for the music of the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and… Johnny Cash – Travellin’ Thru Their Collaborations.

by Aaron Galbraith These two giants of popular music have had quite a few interconnected moments through their long and illustrious careers. If I were to cover them all, this would end up a very lengthy article indeed. Instead I … Continue reading

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Boots Of Spanish Leather: that metaphor for suffering love

 by Jochen Markhorst In the end he apparently did get them after all, those boots from Spanish leather. Marianne Faithfull is pretty blown away by the Dylan of the mid-sixties and makes no secret of her crush in a sparkling … Continue reading

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The Tramp And The Immigrant

  By Larry Fyffe There’s many a strange way that the Untold office receives previously unknown information about the artistic creativity of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. The following song lyrics were attached to an arrow that was shot through an open … Continue reading

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Songs about Dylan part 4: The songs that criticise

By Aaron Galbraith I thought that after the funny’s from part 3 of this series, and given that the final song in that article was critical of Dylan’s styule, we could look at some that are more critical of Dylan. … Continue reading

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“I Pity The Poor Immigrant”; the most amazing Dylan cover EVER.

by Jochen Markhorst She is 67 by then, has not been on stage for decades and even longer not in a studio, when hipster Jarvis Cocker (from Pulp) pushes her back into the spotlights. In 2007, for his Lost Ladies … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Vladimir Nabokov; from Lolita to Just like a woman.

By Larry Fyffe Vladimir Nabokov’s Gnostic-like sorrowful representation of Hebe, the cup-bearing Greek Goddess of Youth, is infused into some of the musical creations of  Bob Dylan. Nabokov’s Post Modern novel “Lolita” parodies various genres of literature – the mythological, … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan is Right: Help me understand

by Tony Attwood I have been forwarded a copy of “HELP ME UNDERSTAND Michel Montecrossa’s ‘Michel & Bob Dylan Fest 2019′” which was recorded live at the Spirit of Woodstock Festival in Mirapuri, Italy.  The album comes from a series … Continue reading

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Songs about Dylan part 3: The comedians – Paul Simon, Loudon Wainwright

By Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood Comic songs are ten a dozen, but good comic songs are incredibly rare.  The point is of course that music is intended to be heard over and over; those of us who have been … Continue reading

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The Times They Are A-Changin’: the art work of Dylan’s albums

By Patrick Roefflaer Released                        January 13, 1964 Photograher                    Barry Feinstein Liner Notes                     Bob Dylan Art-director                     John Berg On the cover of the 1970 album Delaney & Bonnie on Tour with Eric Clapton, there is a photo of a Rolls … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan, Mixing Up The Medicine

  By Larry Fyffe As pointed out previously, the two riders in the song below are none other than attendant thief Bob Dylan, and jokester nurse Allen Ginsberg: Two riders were approaching The wind began to howl (Bob Dylan: All … Continue reading

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Changing Of The Guards: Chasing a meaning that might not be here

Changing Of The Guards (1978) Dylan is now only a big name from the past, the bitterly disappointed Greil Marcus argues, in his famous What-is-this-shit review of Self Portrait in the Rolling Stone of July 23, 1970. Unless … “unless … Continue reading

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