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 12 May 2021.   This is Dylan’s reply to Eliot.  Where TS Eliot wrote about watching the women come and go talking of Michaelangelo, and measuring out a life in coffee spoons, so … Continue reading

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