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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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Bob Dylan’s early songs of love and lost love

by Tony Attwood This is part of a series about Dylan’s early compositions based around the type of music he was exploring in his early years.  If you missed the other parts you might like to revisit Bob Dylan and … Continue reading

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Songs about Dylan: John Wesley Harding

Aaron Galbraith John Wesley Harding was a friend to the poor…wait, let me start again, I meant to say that John Wesley Harding is a British pop and folk singer and novelist. He took his stage name from the Dylan … Continue reading

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The Little Jew Who Wrote The Bible

  by Larry Fyffe Emanuel Swedenborg claims that he visits other planets in our solar system as well as the World of the Spirits, but the religious writer gives no supporting evidence that he actually does so. However, there is … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: the protest singer. Well, not really.

By Tony Attwood Go back to the early part of his career and Bob Dylan was known, in the UK at least, as a protest singer.   Which raises the question, “what is a protest song?”  And the follow-up question, “Was … Continue reading

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Subterranean Homesick Blues? Too much monkey business!

by Jochen Markhorst In the September 2019 Aquarium Drunkard interview, Rob Stoner does have a few things to say about Martin Scorsese’s The Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, which is released on Netflix shortly before. With all the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: The Idealization Of Woman (Part III)

by Larry Fyffe Also in this series: My Ruth’s in the highlands Bob Dylan’s Idealizaton of Women: Lord Byron Through their mothers’ beliefs, Emanuel Swedenborg’s religious concept of the actual existence of a spiritual plain influences the poetry of Robert … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and the Blues: leaving town in all directions at once

by Tony Attwood The earliest recording that we have listed on this site of Dylan performing one of his own compositions, is “When I got troubles.”  It was recorded in 1959, and appeared on “No Direction Home” – Bootleg 7.  … Continue reading

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Nothing was delivered: There is no secret ingredient; it’s just you.

by Jochen Markhorst “In order to survive, I recommend: be kind to each other and put on something warm.” Frank Ziegert of the Hamburg punk band Abwärts has just sketched an apocalyptic world view, human civilization has been eradicated by … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Hart Crane (Part III)

By Larry Fyffe Likely unknown to William Blake is the Colonial Baroque poetics of Edward Taylor, but Modernist poet Hart Crane, and singer/songwriter Bob Dylan are well aware of the earthy, watery, fiery, and airy images of the preRomantic Blake. … Continue reading

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Bound to lose bound to win, Sally Gal and Over the Road. Dylan songs? Probably not.

By Tony Attwood Of course it had to happen.  There I was on the Untold Dylan Facebook site (see below if you are not already a member of our group) boasting away that we had, on this site, reviewed every … Continue reading

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