Category Archives: Blonde on Blonde

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By Tony Attwood Some 45 years on, working through the first LP of the original Blonde on Blonde album is a bemusing and confusing affair.  There’s the knock about Rainy Day Women as an opening track – a scene setter, … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Rainy Day Women #12 & 35: the meaning, the music and the live versions.

By Tony Attwood Updated 8 August 2018 with occasional text changes and four new video presentations  Can you perform a 12 bar blues using a trombone, tuba, piano, bass, percussion, and a constant tambourine sitting on each and every beat?  … Continue reading

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“I want you” – Bob Dylan’s song fast, slow and what Springsteen made of it all.

By Tony Attwood Updated July 2018 with a stunning performance by Bruce Springsteen, take 1 from the original recording session, the second live performance, the slower versions and some reflections five years on from the original review. In a 1966 … Continue reading

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Visions of Johanna: the meaning of the music, the lyrics and the rewrites

By Tony Attwood. This article updated most recently 4 March 2020.  Several of the videos have now vanished, and I’m working on finding new ones. And now back to the original article, which itself started with the finding of a … Continue reading

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