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MASTERS OF WAR AND WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE: DYLAN AS PUBLIC POET
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MASTERS OF WAR AND WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE: DYLAN AS PUBLIC POET

                   Masters of War and With God on Our Side can be considered to be the most didactic and moralistic examples of Bob Dylan’s early ‘protest’ material. Jesus and Judas are mentioned in both songs. Dylan’s uses these two figures to represent polar moral opposites – good and evil, faith and...

FAREWELL ANGELINA: THE SKY IS ON FIRE
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FAREWELL ANGELINA: THE SKY IS ON FIRE

    Farewell Angelina is one of Bob Dylan’s most remarkable ‘unreleased songs’. Dylan’s own rather uncertain take was recorded during the Bringing It All Back Home sessions in 1965 but not released until The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (1991). The song was then passed to Joan Baez, who recorded it as the title track...

Live intro and reading from Determined to Stand
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Live intro and reading from Determined to Stand

This was recorded at the DOCKYARD CLUB, PORTSMOUTH on 28th November 2021. This is a slightly wonky recording of my talk at a fabulous ‘Dylan and the Dead’ weekend, organised by John Roberts. In between the bands I entertained the gathered multitudes with an intro to my book DETERMINED TO STAND: THE REINVENTION OF BOB...

SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES: DIG YOURSELF
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SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES: DIG YOURSELF

  Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965) is Bob Dylan’s coolest, most laconic creation. Perhaps no other example of his work expresses so much in so few words. Dylan is most well known for long songs full of complex word play, but here he demonstrates most eloquently that he is very capable of ‘stripping down’ his use...

HURRICANE  AND JOEY:  TWO CINEMATIC NARRATIVES FROM ‘DESIRE’
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HURRICANE AND JOEY: TWO CINEMATIC NARRATIVES FROM ‘DESIRE’

HURRICANE  AND JOEY:  TWO CINEMATIC NARRATIVES FROM DESIRE     When the album Desire was released in early 1976, many Dylan fans were delighted that, in two of the songs, Dylan appeared to have reverted to the role that made him famous – that of a ‘protest singer’. Both songs were based around the lives...

‘MY POETRY WAS LOUSY YOU SAID’ : SONGS ABOUT DYLAN
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‘MY POETRY WAS LOUSY YOU SAID’ : SONGS ABOUT DYLAN

   It is a commonplace that Bob Dylan made possible the emergence of a whole generation of singer-songwriters. It is not surprising, therefore, that a number of them have chosen to pay ‘tribute’ to him in song. Not all of the references to Dylan have been complimentary, however. Writing a song about the greatness of...

PODCAST: A Headful of Ideas Season 1 Episode 11: Nothing Here Now To Hold Them
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PODCAST: A Headful of Ideas Season 1 Episode 11: Nothing Here Now To Hold Them

      Episode 11: an exploration of ‘North Country Blues’   ———————- DAILY DYLAN NEWS at the wonderful EXPECTING RAIN THE BOB DYLAN PROJECT- COMPREHENSIVE LISTINGS THE OFFICIAL SITE BOB DYLAN ARCHIVE STILL ON THE ROAD – ALL DYLAN’S GIGS WIKIPEDIA MICHAEL GRAY BOB DYLAN CONCORDANCE ISIS – DYLAN MAGAZINE DEFINITELY DYLAN BORN TO...

GOLIATH THE SECOND: TWO DYLAN CONCERTS FROM 1963
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GOLIATH THE SECOND: TWO DYLAN CONCERTS FROM 1963

1963 was the year Bob Dylan ‘made it’. At the beginning of the year he was still a little-known folk singer with one album to his name – a rather startling collection of blues and folk covers with a couple of derivative originals – which had sold very poorly. By the end of the year...

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