Bob Dylan


Joan Baez was part of the white political conscience in the civil rights movement supporting Dr. Martin Luther King. Maybe it was wrong, that she put so much energy into Bob Dylan. He was not loyal to her or to a political concept, even not continuously loyal to an unplugged acoustic guitar style. He liked surrealism – and that means the maniac escape from everything. He was selfish, robbed some songs (The House of the Rising Sun), utilized fully the people around him: But nevertheless, the film document “NO DIRECTION HOME” by Martin Scorsese (2005) featured him unforgettable cool. Maybe cooler than Joan Baez or Buffy Saint-MarieJohn Lennon or Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti or Andy Warhol and all the others, who crossed his path to the top of fame. He was adorable strong with his capability to ignore press or pop music fans. And he gives me hope and optimism: that my own fingerstyle blues guitar is not the worst method to treat a guitar.

When I wrote today about Bob Dylan, I remembered, that the anti-war song UNIVERSAL SOLDIER at first was performed not by Donovan or Bob Dylan but by the female Canadian singer / songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie!!! I sat down in my garden and fingered it out on my Dobro guitar

“Buffy was blacklisted by the Johnson and Nixon administrations for her involvement in the Vietnam anti-war movement and her fight for native people’s rights, which continues to this day…”: more about Buffy Sainte-Marie, a native Canadian Cree Indian, at Buffy_Sainte-Marie
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11 responses to “Bob Dylan

  1. Indeed, I have to say that you got a great guitar style. Very expressive. As far as Dylan, I can say that I liked the movie and his compositions and style. May be he was cooler than many…As the time went on, as it goes by to me Leonard Cohen is a much more accomplished model of artistry and phylosophy of life. Nice reading your thoughts, and listening to your playing the guitar. Thanks.


  2. I learned a lot.I didn’t know that.


  3. Bob is and always has been deeply flawed. I am much closer (in empathy) to Baez, Buffy, and Cohen, however, Bob’s muse has no second and together with Bob the two will be remembered and cherished in the same light as Gershwin, Ellington, Porter, Sinatra,Holiday, …etc For the creator of lyrics like the one’s below how could it not be that way!

    “Take me disappear-in
    down the smoke rings of my mind,
    through the foggy ruins of time,
    down past the frightened leaves
    and the lifeless frozen trees,
    way down to the windy beach,
    far from the twisted reach
    of crazy sorrow.”–Mr. Tambourine Man


  4. related:
    Subterranean Homesick Blues – von Bob Dylan

    Johnny’s in the basement
    Mixing up the medicine
    I’m on the pavement
    Thinking about the government

    The man in the trench coat
    Badge out, laid off
    Says he’s got a bad cough
    Wants to get it paid off

    Look out kid
    It’s somethin’ you did
    God knows when
    But you’re doin’ it again

    You better duck down the alley way
    Lookin’ for a new friend

    The man in the coon-skin cap
    In the big pen
    Wants eleven dollar bills
    You only got ten

    Maggie comes fleet foot
    Face full of black soot
    Talkin’ that the heat put
    Plants in the bed but

    The phone’s tapped anyway
    Maggie says that many say
    They must bust in early May
    Orders from the D. A.

    Look out kid
    Don’t matter what you did
    Walk on your tip toes
    Don’t try “No Doz”

    Better stay away from those
    That carry around a fire hose
    Keep a clean nose
    Watch the plain clothes
    You don’t need a weather man
    To know which way the wind blows

    Get sick, get well
    Hang around a ink well
    Ring bell, hard to tell
    If anything is goin’ to sell

    Try hard, get barred
    Get back, write braille
    Get jailed, jump bail
    Join the army, if you fail

    Look out kid
    You’re gonna get hit
    But users, cheaters
    Six-time losers

    Hang around the theaters
    Girl by the whirlpool
    Lookin’ for a new fool
    Don’t follow leaders

    Watch the parkin’ meters
    Ah get born, keep warm
    Short pants, romance, learn to dance
    Get dressed, get blessed

    Try to be a success
    Please her, please him, buy gifts
    Don’t steal, don’t lift
    Twenty years of schoolin’

    And they put you on the day shift
    Look out kid
    They keep it all hid

    Better jump down a manhole
    Light yourself a candle

    Don’t wear sandals
    Try to avoid the scandals
    Don’t wanna be a bum
    You better chew gum

    The pump don’t work
    ‘Cause the vandals took the handles


  5. I think one of the best comments on Dylan was made by David Bowie
    “his words of truthful vengeance
    They could pin us to the floor
    Brought a few more people on
    And put the fear in a whole lot more”
    In his “song for bob dylan”


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