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Bob Dylan - His Music, Lyrics & Poetry
"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do." - Bob Dylan
"Dylan was born in Duluth, on May 24, 1941 and grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota, a mining town near the Canadian border. "You can stand at one end of Hibbing on the main drag an' see clear past the city limits on the other end," Dylan once noted in a poem, "My Life in a Stolen Moment," printed in the program of a 1963 Town Hall concert he gave. Like Dylan's parents, it appears, the town was neither rich nor poor, but it was, Dylan has said, "a dyin' town."
Dylan ran away from home 7 times: at 10, at 12, at 13, at 15, at 15 and a half, at 17 and at 18. His travels included South Dakota, New Mexico, Kansas and California. In between fights, he taught himself the guitar, which he had begun playing at the age of 10. At 15, he was also playing the harmonica and the autoharp, and in addition, had written his first song, a ballad dedicated to Brigitte Bardot. In the spring of 1960, Dylan entered the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, which he attended for something under six months".
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Bob Dylan - UNPLUGGED
Great version of "Love minus zero/no limit"
intimate good acoustic version like in his mid 60's performances
The best line in this song is one of the best eg. of Dylanist imagery:
"My love she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing"
Bob Dylan - his first album - bluesy roots here
"Song to Woody" is one of his best pieces of poetry.
"Hey, hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song
'Bout a funny ol' world that's a-comin' along.
Seems sick an' it's hungry, it's tired an' it's torn,
It looks like it's a-dyin' an' it's hardly been born."
All I can say is such poetry is timeless.
Nashville Skyline - good laid back country feel.
Bob's voice was not too bad on this album. Very smooth.
"Lay Lady Lay" - what a great song and sound
"Girl from the North Country" with Johnny Cash
Bob Dyan - The 30th Anniversay Concert Celebration.
Which other artist in history has been given this honour by his fellow artists who happen to be the musical cream of the crop in our lifetime?
Blood on the Tracks - One of his best
The songs are all excellent on this album. It's the only album I can honestly say this about. Most of my favourite songs are on here:
Tangled up in Blue
Simple Twist of Fate
Idiot Wind - the most vicious of all his songs
Shelter from the Storm - Oh god what a concept!
"I offered up my innocence,
I got repaid with scorn,
Come in she said I'll give ya,
Shelter from the Storm".
One could never cover the subject matter which is Bob Dylan. It would take a lifetime. Suffice to say that I love many of his albums and do admit that some are better than others. That's why I like the Greatest Hits Vol 3 and the Masterpiece set. They contain the best versions of his songs.
"HE WHO'S NOT BUSY BEING BORN IS BUSY DYING." - Bob Dylan
"Everybody has to find his own way to be free. There isn't anybody who can help you in that sense. Nobody was able to help me. Like seeing Woody Guthrie was one of the main reasons I came East. He was an idol to me. A couple of years ago, after I'd gotten to know him, I was going through some very bd changes and I went to see Woody, like I'd go to somebody to confess to. But I couldn't confess to him. It was silly. I did go and talk to with him - as much as he could talk - and the talking helped. But basically he wasn't able to help me at all. I finally realized that. So Woody was my last idol."
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When Bob Dylan (formerly Robert Zimmerman) arrived in New York from Minnesota in 1960, he was little more than the latest in the line of Woody Guthrie imitators.
At the Newport Folk Festival in the summer of 1965, Dylan made history when he unveiled a new, electric approach, appearing onstage with members of the highly amplified Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Folk purists were enraged that Dylan had "sold out" to commercial rock & roll.