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Bob Dylan And Lilith As His Muse by Larry Fyffe

by Larry Fyffe The Lilith of Hebrew lore serves Bob Dylan as an archetype. In this case, an independent female spirit who serves as a muse to inspire an artist to create art anew. But she can be dangerous for … Continue reading

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“Running” Another lost Dylan track found.

Research by Aaron Galbraith, commentary by Tony Attwood This is another Bob Dylan that we have not covered so far: “Running” from 1969.    It is said that this was only released on the very rare 50th Anniversary Copyright Extension set … Continue reading

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Precious Angel. Unpopular, otherwise brilliant.

by Jochen Markhorst A professionally made, quite moving road movie, My Own Love Song from 2010, with excellent acting by mainstream stars such as Renee Zellweger and Forest Whitaker, but still unsuccessful. Most reviewers are very reluctant in awarding stars, … Continue reading

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Pressing On; pass the angel with four faces

By Larry Fyffe The  Romantic Transcendentalists saved God, cast out as He was from the Universe by the Rationalist thinkers of the Enlightenment. According to many of the Romantics, God’s presence still pervades the material world; his love for all … Continue reading

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Dylan in 1966: what was Bob writing about, and how did it compare with previous years?

By Tony Attwood We have 22 songs written by Dylan in 1966 with the last half dozen created, seemingly spontaneously, in a hotel room for which not all the meanings are completely clear (not that they are in some of … Continue reading

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Another missing Dylan song found: “I rode out one morning”

By Tony Attwood This song was recorded on 12 April 1963 and is one that until now we have missed.  It appears on what is known as the “Fourth McKenzie Tape”.  No credits are given so we are presuming the … Continue reading

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A Bob Dylan Proto-Song

  By Larry Fyffe Our researchers at the Untold Dylan Archives Library have dusted off a copy of songwriter Bob Dylan’s first sketchy plot for an allegorIcal song that’s labelled: “Lily, Rosmary, And The Jack Of Hearts”. It’s obviously influenced … Continue reading

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The Mystery of “Can’t Wait” in Germany: three new versions of one old song

By mr tambourine man and Tony Attwood “Can’t Wait” on Time out of Mind is a blues song, primarily rotating around two chords with a couple of extras put in at the end.  It tells how waiting is within the … Continue reading

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Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues in the Night

by Jochen Markhorst The USS Tecumseh, a monitor ship of the Northern Navy, strikes a mine and sinks within minutes. Behind it is the formidable, heavily armed three-masted sloop-of-war USS Brooklyn. Captain James Alden is warned for “a row of … Continue reading

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The Symbolism Of The Oak (Part II)

  See also Bob Dylan and the Oak Tree by Larry Fyffe In the following poem, behind an allegorical oak tree, Eve-like Christabel encounters a female snake-demon in the night. Disguised in a white robe as the beautiful bejewelled Geraldine, … Continue reading

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Dylan and the half truth: an analysis of the subject matter of Dylan’s lyrics 1959-1965

  by Tony Attwood What exactly are Dylan’s songs about?  Is there one theme (as for example propagated by those writers who have argued that they are all about religion), multiple themes (love, moving on, social justice etc), songs in … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan & Willie & Greencards in Lakewood NJ 6/15/

By Jane Gilday by Jane Gilday To Be Alone With You She Belongs to Me Cry A While Just Like A Woman It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) Highway 61 Revisited Queen Jane Approximately Cold Irons Bound Girl Of The … Continue reading

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It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes Chris Smither to make me cry

by Jochen Markhorst The bootlegger who is responsible for the beautiful CD “Memphis Blues Again” by Steely Dan (1995), a live recording from 1974, has historical awareness. The first record of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker’s band owes its title … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Mule Symbol

By Larry Fyffe   Surreal symbolism is no stranger to singer Bob Dylan: Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel (Bob Dylan: Visions Of Johanna) … Continue reading

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“Responsibility” a recovered fragment of a lost Dylan song

by Tony Attwood “Responsibility” is another Helena Springs song that is listed as being a co-composition with Bob Dylan.   The  background to these recordings can be found here along with a full list of them, in our review “Bob … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Hibbing from Edlis Cafe: book review

By Tony Attwood I’ll come straight out and say I love this book. But you need to be aware…  Books from Edlis Cafe are different – for they are taken from the Edlis projects on the internet. So if you … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Bash: from a broken party to an English country garden

by Jochen Markhorst The most notorious Million Dollar Bash in recent decades is the party that was cancelled: the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, on the island paradise of Great Exuma. The failure is spectacular. In the run-up to the … Continue reading

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Hank and Bob and Chris and Anna: memories of Dylan in 2009

By Chris Jolliffe It was pouring and the forecast was for rain all evening, but Anna and I were committed.   I’d sold her on the idea of going to see Bob Dylan, in spite of her avowed lack of desire to … Continue reading

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“Liverpool Gal” the lost early recording of Dylan’s song now found

By Tony Attwood When we started the search for a copy of “Liverpool Gal” we knew there was a very early recording around somewhere but just couldn’t find it.  So we advertised for any reader on this site who would … Continue reading

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The RAZ (Robert Allen Zimmerman)

The RAZ (Robert Allen Zimmerman) By Larry Fyffe Now look at all you jugglers, and you clowns Carrying Siamese cats on your shoulders, jumping up and down Sucking up all that juice, thinking you got it made And patting each … Continue reading

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