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BOB DYLAN: Mississippi (Part 2)
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BOB DYLAN: Mississippi (Part 2)

        In the first verse Dylan begins with a simple statement of his intention to pursue his faith in his muse, combined with clear intimations of mortality which seem to motivate him. From the beginning the use of the pronoun ‘we’ involves the listener intimately in this process. …Every step of the...

BOB DYLAN: Mississippi (Part One)
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BOB DYLAN: Mississippi (Part One)

    Despite his difficult relationship with the recording process and his focus on live performance, Bob Dylan has always conceived his albums as expressive units – groups of songs arranged in a particular order for specific effects. This is obvious in the case of albums as diverse as Blood On The Tracks, Nashville Skyline or...

BOB DYLAN: ‘Cross The Green Mountain
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BOB DYLAN: ‘Cross The Green Mountain

…All must yield To the Avenging God…         In the mud and the blood of the makeshift trench, the soldier boy from Belvedere, South Carolina, is about to breathe his last. The Yankee bullet which had pierced his groin had come from some anonymous source, from the other side of the swirling...

MUSIC BOOK REVIEW: Million Dollar Bash by Sid Griffin
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MUSIC BOOK REVIEW: Million Dollar Bash by Sid Griffin

Year by year the legend of The Basement Tapes grows. Here’s a few personal memories. I remember reading about the legendary Great White Wonder when I was at school in the late ‘60s. A little later, as a spotty teenager, I acquired a copy of The Little White Wonder, a white pressed bootleg album, in...

BOB DYLAN: Waiting For You
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BOB DYLAN: Waiting For You

Happiness is but a state of mind. Anytime you want, you can cross the state line….   Waiting For You was written for the soundtrack of Callie Khouri’s 2002 movie, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a wryly bittersweet and avowedly feminist tale centred around the complex relationship between a mother and daughter. As with...

BOB DYLAN: Things Have Changed
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BOB DYLAN: Things Have Changed

…I’m in the wrong town…. I should be in Hollywood…. If you strain your eyes hard enough at a Dylan performance, you will spot a small gold figurine wobbling on top of one of his band’s amplifiers. It’s there at virtually every gig. Dylan has even been known to grasp it and hold it aloof...

BOB DYLAN: Ain’t Talkin’
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BOB DYLAN: Ain’t Talkin’

There’s no-one here, the gardener has gone… The hooded pilgrim advances along a thin, dusty dirt track. There is no moon. All along the skyline the fires rage. His hidden face contorts in shaded darkness. He burns inside. In front of him he seems to see the whole world, billions of outstretched hands calling for...

BOB DYLAN: The Levee’s Gonna Break
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BOB DYLAN: The Levee’s Gonna Break

…I look in your eyes, I see nobody other than me, I see all that I am and all I hope to be… The secret language of the blues has always enthralled Bob Dylan. From his earliest days as a performer he has been irresistibly attracted to its sly, lascivious poetic sensibility, its subtle use...

BOB DYLAN: Nettie Moore
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BOB DYLAN: Nettie Moore

The world has gone black before my eyes… Across the courtroom the judge reaches for his black cap. Now he is poised to settle it on his head. In that moment, for Lost John, time freezes. It is as if he has stepped out of himself, like he’s an actor in some projection of his...

BOB DYLAN: Beyond The Horizon
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BOB DYLAN: Beyond The Horizon

There’s always a reason Why someone’s life has been spared… Beyond The Horizon underlines the irony of Bob Dylan calling his latest album Modern Times. Once Dylan was one of the leaders of a musical movement which seemed to be aiming to sweep away the detritus of the past: now he celebrates the musical values...