Bob Dylan References and Mentions


Channel 5 news in DC did a segment on Dylan’s diss of people taking photos during his performance. Filled with cheesy jokes and shameful negation of an extreme talent.


New Yorker review of the film Stockholm, by Anthony Lane

“We learn, as the movie begins, that it is “based on an absurd but true story,” and Budreau keeps the bones of that story intact, although he fools around with the flesh—reducing the number of hostages, and stuffing the film with as much Bob Dylan as possible. At one point, a policeman enters the bank and gets shot in the hand by Kaj, who sits him down and orders him to sing along to Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You” on the radio. “What kind of cop doesn’t like Dylan? What kind of person doesn’t like Dylan?” Kaj asks. In real life, although a cop was indeed compelled to sing, he was allowed to pick his own tune. He chose Elvis’s “Lonesome Cowboy.” Talk about absurd.”


Bob on Jimmy Fallon hawking his whiskey at Lincoln Center during The Big Apple Circus!


Charleston Conference of acquisition librarians. Presentation on electronic rights management. Uses image of Bob’s new Blood on the Tracks Bootleg.

Thursday, November 8 • 3:40pm – 4:20pm



Western Governors University from Utah commercial seen in South Carolina. Cover of  Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin‘.


Dirty Blvd: The Life and Music of Lou Reed, by Aiden Levy. Quotes about Dylan, about six mentions.



Common Thread podcast from BU interview with Christopher Ricks about his book, Dylan’s Visions of Sin.


NPR Fresh Air interview with Anthony DeCurtis on his book, Lou Reed: A Life. In the opening segment Terry Gross says, De Curtis says, “Other than Bob Dylan, the Beatles and James Brown, no one has exerted as great an influence on popular music as Reed has.”


Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen interview with Juliette Lewis. She describes her fan struck experience with Dylan in an elevator. What happened when Bob Dylan recognized her in an elevator in NYC? She said “You’re Bob Dylan” and he said, “You’re Juliette Lewis.” “He knew my name and when I got out of the elevator I cried.” ~19min in.


WTF podcast with Marc Maron interview with Sissy Spacek.

Marc discussing Levon Helm in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Great guitarist and first role in film. Marc was just listening to Planet Waves. What a great band, what a great album.

See previous post.


WTF podcast with Marc Maron. Discussing his buying habits. He has five copies of Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves. “Why? I don’t know. ‘Cause I like the record. You only need one, but I got back ups.”


Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris. Interview with Bill Maher and Larry Charles.

In the beginning of the interview Larry Charles mentions he met Bob Dylan. And went on to direct Masked and Anonymous.


The Daily Show with Trevor Noah interview with M.I.A.

“M.I.A. talked about Bob Dylan and about her whole idea that pop music can be a force for cultural change. She also talked about the idea of reconciling the versions of her that grew up in Sri Lanka and in the UK, as well as the pop-star version of herself. ”

Talking about her music as conflict. Listening to Bob Dylan in her documentary and how music can be political. Will be going to see Matangi/Maya/MIA, Oct. 5, 2018. Just back from viewing. Mozambique plays in the background in 2001 when M.I.A. goes to Sri Lanka to film her family’s reaction to the war.


The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon interview with Kevin Hart about Jerry Seinfeld.

Jimmy says to Kevin that his impression of Jerry is more like Bob Dylan.


The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon interview with Lenny Kravitz. Kravitz lets Jimmy play his Bob Dylan harmonica!


Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square Sept 29, 2018 – “a live concert in the shadow of the Arch in celebration of the legendary and influential music heritage of Greenwich Village.”


RRStar movie review, Life Itself.

“The film is already hilarious and emotional wrenching even before Chapter Two, about 8-year-old Dylan (Kya Kruse), sets out on a twisty-turny road that looks at the close relationship between her and her loving grandfather Irwin (Mandy Patinkin). The young girl’s first name figures prominently in the story as does the music of late-’90s Bob Dylan. And aspects of Chapter Two have direct correlations to Chapter One.”


NYTimes write up about Girl From the North Country play at Public Theater.

Plunder my song Book, Bob Dylan said. So I did posted 9.11.18

Mare Winningham (with Colton Ryan) portrays a wife and mother who turns the chorus of “Like a Rolling Stone” into a sympathetic litany. CreditVincent Tullo for The New York Times


WTF podcast with Marc Maron. Discussing his buying habits. He has five copies of Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves. “Why? I don’t know. ‘Cause I like the record. You only need one, but I got back ups.”


Everyone Knows…Elizabeth Murray. American Masters on PBS

Plays Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues while discussing Murray’s move to NYC in the 60s.


The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of the Beatles, by Peter Brown ad Steven Gaines. (1983) Made famous the quote:

“On August 28 (1964) a small but auspicious event occurred at the Delmonico Hotel in New York that would grow to affect the consciousness of the world: Bob Dylan turned the Beatles on to marijuana for the first them in their lives.” p. 148

Freaky that I would find this book in my work library on Aug 29, 54 years later!


Washington Post opinion piece by Andre Leon Talley, “The historic blackness of Tyler Mitchell and Beyoncé’s Vogue cover” writing “When I saw Beyoncé on the cover of Vogue’s September issue, a different excellent black woman came to mind. “The times, they are a-changin’,” Nina Simone sang in 1969. The song was written by Bob Dylan, but no one sang it so well as Simone.” Ending with “We have delivered ourselves into a new era, too, for the times, they are a-changin’.”


Political Beats 3-part podcast analysis of all Bob Dylan albums.


Z Nation Season 3, Episode 8, Election Day

Doc “somebody needs to tell Miss Kaya to play some Jimmy Hendrix or Bob Dylan or Hank Williams, Jr.” about 3min in.


WTF podcast with Marc Maron interview with Andy Kindler and J. Elvis Weinstein

J. Elvis’s grandmother and Dylan’s mother were friends in Minneapolis. Was at his Bar Mitzva and his Dad was a pledge brother and tutor to Dylan at College in Freshman Comp.


The Walking Dead Season 7, Episode 2, The Kingdom; plays Georgia State University Choir cover of Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright.



Deadwood Season 2 Episode 1; plays It’s Not Dark Yet during ending credits.


Library Journal, DVD review of Gotta Serve Somebody: the Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan Documentary.



Don’t totally agree with the last statement that this won’t win over Dylan fans who deride this period! We love Dylan no matter and this documentary adds insights into how others perceive these songs as spiritual and connected to the universe!

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CinemaSins YouTube video. Everything Wrong with…Coco

2:09 “Ha ha ha ha. That he or anyone, including Jesus and Bob Dylan, could ever properly tune a busted-ass house made beater guitar like that.”


SummerStage Concert NYC, Aug 12

Hosted by Richard Barone: Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960s. From his album Sorrows and Promises. Does a cover of Dylan’s I’ll Keep it With Mine.


Girl from the North Country production to premier at the Public Theater in NYC Sept. 11, 2018.



Gordon Lightfoot playing at Paramount Theater, Aug 12, upstate NY. Includes a quote from Dylan.



Washington Post YouTube interview with Seth Meyers. He has a pic of Dylan on his office wall.


““Bob Dylan refused to go back onstage unless I came to see him immediately,” Françoise Hardy recalled in a recent interview. On the evening of May 24, 1966, Mr. Dylan’s 25th birthday, he was playing his first concert in Paris and wanted nothing more than to see the then 22-year-old French singer, whom he had dedicated a song to but never met. “I went and he agreed to go back on stage,” she said.”

See also: (Nice photo of them in 1966).



Vanity Fair article about Getty kidnapping in 1973. In print article there is a picture of Dylan with among others Robert DeNiro, Sally Kirkland, Ronee Blakley and Gisela Getty at the Roxy in Hollywood, 1976. Similar to the pic below.

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Song to Song 2017 movie with Patti Smith. Dylan’s Rollin’ and Tumblin’ plays in first half hour.


Le Conversazioni: An Evening with Patti Smith at the New York Historical Society


Patti discussed the Nobel Prize event. They had asked her to do this before she even knew Dylan won the prize. She was going to sing her own song but changed to a Hard Rain is Gonna Fall when she heard Dylan would win. She also mentioned that Dylan was a shy guy and it would have been difficult for him to adhere to the social pressure of the Nobel committee. The King and Queen were there with other Nobel laureates and the Prize was there. She just froze, it was more than that she couldn’t remember the words, she wanted to run away. She had all these emotions swirling up and just stopped. Everyone was encouraging her to continue. They all seemed happy about the error and to see someone like her…it was a real human moment. Learned to be human and honest and not perfect!


Here’s The Thing podcast with Alec Baldwin interview with David Crosby

Crosby: Roger McGuinn was good at taking Bob Dylan songs and turning them into pop records. The Byrds covered Tambourine Man. ~13 min.

Buffalo Springfield/Byrds broke up because they wanted to do Dylan songs. Crosby stole Graham Nash from them because they didn’t understand his songs.

Alec: Who’d you like to work with?

Crosby: Joni Mitchell is best singer/songwriter. She’s a better musician than Bob. Bob could write. One time, Bob sings him this song one way and then a completely different way the next day. He’s a piece of work.

Alec: who’s a good singer?

Crosby: Morrison was a poser. Jimi, Joanie, Joplin, Dylan!


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Dweezil Zappa at Tarrytown Music Hall.

He always plays Flakes and I love it.


Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World. Netflix Documentary.

Contains footage of interviews. In one interview, Bowie mentions he has 10 songs to choose from but Dylan has like a hundred!


David Bowie Is…exhibit at Brooklyn Museum of Art.



WTF podcast with Marc Maron interview with Duncan Jones.

Marc discusses the ubiquitousness of Dylan with Bowie’s son. Talks about his interview with Jakob not wanting to talk about Bob. Dylan’s character in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett movie. Being the sons of famous people!


Grammy Museum, Cleveland, MS

Lots of Dylan references. They even have one of his guitars!

Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, MS

James “Son” Thomas song — Highway 61 Blues

John Lee Hooker album — Don’t Look Back

Don't Look Back

Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class, by Eric Lott published 1993.

Similar to Dylan’s album title of the same name released in 2001. Pays tribute to Charley Patton and Mississippi.


The Ground Beneath Her Feet, by Salman Rushdie

Dylan references throughout the book. See Dr. Rollason’s blog.


Here’s The Thing podcast with Alec Baldwin interview with Jann Wenner.

Founded Rolling Stone; living in San Francisco. 1967…Mick Jagger, Lennon, Dylan was doing Highway 61..Publishing stuff people wanted to know about; cultural issues. 1st Anniversary issue of Yoko and John’s nude photo. Trial and Error. An after thought, we were isolated. SNL and Rolling Stone a block away from each other….Heriojacks. Beatles, Stones, Dylan all on the stage. hasn’t happened since, then you have what you listen to from 18-22 is the music you will always love and listen to, and the evolution of music itself. 1972 sent Hunter Thompson out. He was a crazy person but responsible and thoughtful. Then, singing Dylan songs with Mick Jagger around the campfire. 20min.

Bob is another case, Bob I consider a friend and colleague. We’ve been friends for years. Bob, came out to Idaho/Iowa, spent the day at his house playing guitar with his son. His job was to present Bob to their audience. Whether they liked his work or not, Self Portrait, not. Considers Dylan, the most important writer of our times. Talented song writer. Always to be presenting Bob to our Audience. He’s done 14 major interviews with them. Without Bob Dylan nothing. There’s no Rolling Stone or Rock and Roll, nothing. 25min.


WTF Podcast with Marc Maron interview with Ezra Furman

Bob Dylan took him by surprise, around 15. Maron: Lots of Dylan in Furman’s early stuff? Furman: Some of us are born with the nasal sound. I’m a writer. Maron: you definitely write the shit out of songs…take on big themes….very Dylanesque; turns of phrase and long narratives, and then you filter in this bee-bop stuff or Buddy Holly rock. ~42min.

First Dylan experience:

He got a guitar and was going to learn songs that his parents liked and got a book of Bob Dylan chords. I went to the first song Absolutely Sweet Marie.  And then Blonde and Blonde became his thing. That’s what started him wanting to be a writer. Visions of Johanna it’s all in here. Dylan’s a special guy. he built this world where he could do anything. On Blonde on Blonde He’s moved all the a parameters and broke down all the fences and now he’s got this playground to make this giant record on. Taking that Dylan song book and changing the words and messing with the chords, there I wrote a song. No one writes songs like him. Dylan is an amazing singer, he’s got control, he’s got an unusual voice. ~47min.


The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe.

Tom Wolfe describing hanging out with Kesey and the psychedelic trip:

“From out the black hole of the garage comes the sound of a record by Bob Dylan with his raunchy harmonica and Ernest Tubb voice raunching and rheuming in the old jacket-legged chants—” p.12

“Bob Dylan’s voice is raunching and rheuming and people are moving around, and babies are crying.” p.13

“And Dylan raunched and rheumed away in the sphenoids or some damned place–” p.139

Hells’ Angels arrival and “Dylan’s voice is raunching and rheuming in the old jack-legged chants in huge volume from out the speakers up in the redwood tops up on the dirt cliff across the highway—He-e-e-ey Mis-ter Tam-bou-rine Man—as part of Sandy Lehmann-Haupt’s Non-Station KLSD program…and winding up, and the locomotive sound got louder and louder until you couldn’t hear yourself talk any more or Bob Dylan rheumy and–thraaaaaaagggghhh–here they come around the lest curve, the Hell’s Angels, with the bikes, the beards, the long hair;” p.171

Pranksters paint up the bus for the anti-war rally.  “Bob Dylan and the Beatles and Joan Baez and Roland Kirk and Mississippi John Hunt were droning and clattering over the big speakers from over the way atop the dirt cliff. Then Allen Ginsberg turned up from Big Sur, with his companion Peter Orlovsky and an entourage of pale Chester A. Arthur High School hindus.” p.218


WTF podcast with Marc Maron. Interview with Don Was. 51 min.

Don Was (Was Not Was) loved Dylan. Dylan was super important to him. Bob’s my hero. “We were woefully unprepared for the album Under the Red Sky. Not one of his masterpieces. I went in thinking let’s make Blonde on Blonde Part 2 that was the furthest thing from Bob’s mind, repeating himself. He wanted to do something else.” Dylan was telling him something to do, I was telling him how it wasn’t going to work, I waited all my life to work with him but I didn’t listen. It was a good lesson. It was the beginnings of rootsy american music based in blues…Maron chimes in: “the weird ghost troubardor time traveller of Americana music.” “He was trying to get there, but I wasn’t helping him to get there. We just did something fairly recently that I can’t talk about. I Follow his tours on YouTube. He’s a great singer you have to really listen he’s inhabiting every word of those songs with a beginner’s mind fresh mind every night. And they ring true. He’s a deep guy and He’s really a great singer.” Maron again: “He was doing something up there out of spite or exhaustion. I don’t know what song is that.” “I love the Sinatra records. He’s found a really totally original way to inhabit those songs and be himself, it’s brilliant, man.”  Maron about why Dylan tours: it’s like a performance piece it’s interesting and timeless.” Was loved desert storm and this tour he’s on now. “He’s delivering a hundred percent every night.”


The Ringer article on the 20th anniversary of the “Soy Bomb” at the 1998 Grammy’s.


New York Public Library Remembering the 60s event.

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Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation. 2012 documentary

Lots of Dylan footage from the 60s. Documents Dylan’s influence early in the movie. Susan Sarandon reads passages from Suzy Rotolo’s biography throughout the movie.


I Am Not Your Negro. Film of James Baldwin’s perspective on race. Amazing. Dylan sings Only A Pawn In Their Game from Don’t Look Back at min 38.


WTF podcast with Marc Maron interview with Neal Preston rock photog. Last 5 min. about Dylan.

Preston’s new book, Exhilarated and Exhausted, discusses how Dylan called him a Leach and wrote a story about the pic in the book and why Dylan called him that.


The Voice finale Red Marlow sings Make you Feel My Love aired 12/18/17


The Simpsons Gone Boy Season 29 Episode 9 aired 12/10/17

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Bart in record shop searching records:  Sinatra ruins Dylan!


Ride with Norman Reedus Season 2, Episode 6 New York 35 min in.

Riding out to Bear Mountain talking about music’s greatest mystery. Dylan’s motorcycle accident! A new level of fame he disappeared to recover, or did he? There are no records of the accident.  Old Dylan song playing in the background. Honey, Come Home to Me? I can’t find this song anywhere!


Modern Family Season 5, Episode 12 Under Pressure aired Jan 15, 2014

Manny on a double date with Luke. In middle of conversation says “If Bob Dylan was in it, he’d be voted out in the first round.”


Madhouse on Castle Street. London TV show/Play with Dylan. 1962. IMDb.

Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Herb Gardner movie with Dustin Hoffman playing a Dylan-esque character. 1971.

Canadian Bacon. Michael Moore movie with Alan Alda’s character quoting Blowin’ in the Wind lyrics as if they were his! 1995.

The Mighty Quinn. Carl Schenkel movie with Denzel Washington as a Caribbean Cop. 1989.

The One Thing by Gary Keller book mentions Dylan. 2013.

David Bowie song, I Have Not Been to Oxford Town. 1995.

Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. Podcast interview with Mickey Rourke saying Dylan told him on the set of “Masked and Anonymous” that his favorite movie was Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. 2016.

Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin. Podcast interview with David Remnick. 2016.

Jimmy Fallon sings Drake’s Hotline Bling as a 1975 Dylan. 2016Jerry Seinfeld Beacon Theater review, from Vulture, comments on Steve Martin appearance. 2016.”Watching Steve Martin tell that joke was like if, in the middle of a modern-day Bob Dylan set of gurgles and growls, he brought out a time machine, turned the dial to 1965, and had young Bob Dylan come out to sing “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Adam McKay movie. Narrator says: Bob Dylan wrote The Times They are a Changing. Ron never heard that song. 2004.

Super Bowl XLI. Prince Halftime Super Bowl show played: All Along the Watchtower. 2007.


WTF. Marc Maron podcast. Cindy Crawford mentions the first time she met Dylan at a party sitting in a chair.

Simpsons episode, Gal of Constant Sorrow. Dylan pops up from the trap door in the floor and says, “It’s Pretty Dirty Down There.”


Richard Farina: Lost genius who bridged the gap between beats and hippies, The Guardian.

Michael Kramer Folk Revival TimeLine 

Nerdist, Podcast interview with Iggy Pop who talks about doing the Great American Song Book

Catchfire. Dennis Hopper movie. Dylan cameo. 1990.

Jack & Amanda Palmer – You Got Me Singing CD

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. 2015.

“…bearing the fingerprints of memory. I had no room for Elvis or Dylan, Faulkner or Twain, and while I could replace them my spirit was still heavy…”

Real Time with Bill Maher Overtime. Michael Moynihan says “I think they yelled Judas like the Bob Dylan concert.” 2016.

Watch What Crappens — Stephanie Wilder-Taylor says “what is it Bob Dylan?”

Nerdist. Podcast interview with Chuck Lorre who says, “There was no hope of being Lennon, Dylan, or McCartney but I could be Gary Marshall.”

Fresh off the Boat — Miracle on Dead Street. For Halloween kid wants to go as the Traveling Wilbury’s Bob Dylan, Tom Petty…Actually dresses like Tom Petty and has 4 pics of the others attached to his shoulders.

WTF. Marc Maron podcast. Interview with Neil Young says “Gordon Lightfoot wrote a lot of great songs. Dylan thinks he’s the very best ever.”

The Walking Dead Season 1 Episode 6, TS-19; Ends with an early Dylan acoustic song from 1960s, Tomorrow is a Long Time Come.

Harper’s Bazaar Interview with Kayne West and Kim K. Interview asks what’s his favorite song of all time? “All Along the Watchtower. The Jimi Hendrix cover.”

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Miley Cyrus does Dylan’s Baby I’m in the Mood For You.

WTF. Marc Maron podcast interview with Chris Garcia. He had a band Love Minus Zero in high school.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Jokes about the Freewheelin’ Donald Trump

WTF. Marc Maron podcast interview with John Prine. He met Dylan at Carly Simon’s house with Kris Kristofferson. Maybe 1968, after “the accident.” Dylan was given a copy of John’s album before it was released!

Here’s the Thing. Alec Baldwin podcast interview with Gordon Lightfoot. (see WTF interview with Neil Young)


Life in Pieces. plays Dylan Shelter From the Storm at end of show.


Watch What happens Live with David Crosby on Dylan’s reluctance to accept awards!


The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Robbie Robertson on big pink days!

Charlie Rose Bon Jovi Interview on Bob Dylan’s influence.

NYPL Live. Robbie Robertson and Steve Van Zandt.

Saturday Night Live with host Lin Manuel Miranda. Campfire singing Blowin’ in the Wind.

WTF podcast with Marc Maron. Casey Affleck up for role in Inside Llewyn Davis.

Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin podcast interview with Robbie Robertson.

Mercedes Benz commercial “Snow Date” features a cover of “Make You Feel My Love” by Sleeping At Last. Ad link.

WTF. Marc Maron podcast interview with Robbie Robertson.

Black-ish: God episode. During montage of slavery scenes plays old Dylan version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

Future Shock. by Alvin Toffler. 1970

“Rather than idolizing an uncle, they idolize Bob Dylan or Donovan or whomever else the peer groups holds up for a life style model.”

They ranged from Che Guevara to William Buckley, from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to Robert Kennedy. “The American youth bag,” wrote [John] Speicher, lapsing into hippie jargon, “is overcrowded with heroes.”

Soundbreaking. PBS special on music history. Includes “the story of Bob Dylan’s recording of Like a Rolling Stone.”

WTF. Marc Maron podcast. Ryan Adams loved early Dylan and used one of his studio guitarists.

Gothamist. Article on the History of NYC Protest Songs.

Central Market. Murray’s Cheese Tote, The Rinds They are A-Changin’.


WTF Podcast interview with Nora Jones…talking about how Dylan changes and after hearing a song for a few minutes you’re like “what song was that?”…he’s a performance artist.

You are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier.

“Would we have had a Mark Twain or a Bob Dylan if the Facebook dopplegangers of Samuel Clemens and Robert Zimmerman dogged them at every step?”

Literary Hub — Camille Paglia on Patti Smith’s Horses photo.

“In Mapplethorpe’s half-transvestite picture, she invokes her primary influences, from Charles Baudelaire and Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan and Keith Richards, the tormented genius of the Rolling Stones who was her idol and mine.”

Nowness — My Place: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. Has Dylan Album, The Times They Are A-Changin’ on his table. The album cover has Dylan with a gold beard!

Late Night with Seth Meyers — Scarlett Johansson on being in a Dylan music video…

Washington Post article on Second Story Books.

“The longtime owner of D.C.’s iconic Second Story Books has amassed a large collection of items such as Cary Grant’s suitcase, original recordings of Bob Dylan, Civil War photos, Asian masks … and, yes, rare books.”

NYMag…The Strategist. Linda Rodin has a pic of Dylan in her kitchen.

Nellie’s Free Range Eggs — Hens are Friends. Commercial featuring Dylan’s “All I Want to Do.”

WBUR — On Point. Hearing the Poetry of Pop.

“Pop music is irresistible. That’s what makes it popular. My guest today says it’s also poetry. Not every time. Not every song. But the lyrics within the music work on us. Sometimes powerfully. Sometimes subtly. And often in a tradition of poetic rhythm that stretches from Beowulf to Biggie Smalls. From Cole Porter to Bob Dylan and Taylor Swift and Pharrell. This hour On Point, the poetry of pop music. — Tom Ashbrook”

WTF Podcast interview with Paul Schaffer…talking about Dylan’s David Letterman performance. Maron going to the rehearsal and Paul saying Dylan played a million different songs. Paul played on Forever Young.

The Voice UK and US Dylan Covers. 5.42  Make you Feel My Love, by Adele??

Fidelity High Podcast Ep 36 : John Doe on Music From Big Pink by The Band.

Late Night with Seth Meyers. Bob Dylan persuaded John Mellencamp to sell his paintings.

Here’s the Thing Podcast with Alec Baldwin speaking with Carly Simon

Carly met with Dylan the day before his motorcycle accident in 1966, at the request of Albert Grossman. He was high on drugs and wrote a song for her to sing Baby Let Me Follow You Down. He kept telling her ya gotta go to Nashville.

Library of Congress Webcast. Dylan Goes Electric, by Elijah Wald

Dirty Dancing remake 2017. Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright cover


BuzzFeed 23 Things You Forgot You Used To Do 10 Years Ago. #22 Downloading a bunch of Starbucks “Song of the Day” songs on iTunes and never listening to them (but hey, they were free). Showing a picture of the Dylan Starbucks Jokerman Song of the Day card. I think I still have one or two.


Jimmy Fallon Talks About Seeing Bob Dylan in Concert at Capitol Theater. I saw one of those shows!!


The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong. Avett Brothers played with Bob at the Grammy’s. Lance: “Can you help me get Bob Dylan on the show?” The Avett Brothers were invited and got nominated…generational folk thing. Went to a party after. He’s like Jesus Christ…he appeared…moved the stone apart and he came in. Dylan in the corner and walk towards him and within 5 feet and his bodyguard moves in front of me. He looked like a martial arts specialist, he looked like stop! Dylan saw us and stood up and talked for a moment. he says that was great we should do it again sometime. That was great. Got distracted within 30 seconds he ducked out. This man is at a party with the most famous people. he had to sneak out. He has to be alienating. He does whatever he needs to do. Lance, says he will never understand how he blew off the Nobel prize. They didn’t know they were performing with him. Dylan was working on a painting so maybe he wasn’t gonna show up. He’s a baller! Bob Dylan is a baller.


The Journal News article on Dylan’s Harlem apartment.


Thrive Global podcast with Glennon Doyle Melton. A caricature of Bob behind her couch.

The 42nd Parallel, by John Dos Passos, 1930

Mac: “So you’re from Duluth, are you?” “Well, what’s the big joke about Duluth?” “It’s no joke, it’s a misfortune.” p. 48

Duluth; girderwork along the waterfront, and the shack-covered hills and the tall chimneys and the huddle of hunch-shouldered grain elevators under the smoke from the mills scrolled out dark against a huge salmon-colored sunset. p. 51


Fresh Air podcast interview with Billy Bragg. Heard about Woody through Dylan fans. When Nora Guthrie asked him to record Woody’s songs he thought, “This is a job for Bob Dylan.”

Huffington Post. Celebrity Child Models. Pablo Dylan.


The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Kevin Bacon. Sing a spoof on Blowin’ in the Wind.

BuzzFeed article


WTF podcast with Marc Maron interview with David Remnick. Heard Bob Dylan at 7. When Dylan mentions Ezra Pound and he went out and bought it without understanding it. Same with Ginsberg. Remnick went to Paris as a busker singing Dylan, Young, etc. Came back and interviewed Ginsberg.

Craig Ferguson show at Town Hall 7/22/17. New Deal Tour. Opening act. Peter, Porn and Mary, should do Blowin’ in the Wind.


Politically Re-Active podcast with Kwame and Hari. Hold Up, Wait a Minute: Twitter Feuds & Threat Models

Interview uses one second of “Hurricane” by Dylan to bring the point home that it’s nothing new that blacks have a history of being convicted of killing cops without evidence.


New Yorker Radio Hour podcast with Ariel Levy talking with Lucinda Williams. Williams says she started taking guitar lessons at 12, in 1965, after hearing Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited.


The Nerdist podcast with Chris Hardwick and Damon Lindelorf. Audience questions: Does Damon believe in heaven or purgatory seems to be a theme. Is there more? and Hardwick starts singing…Daddy’s in the basement mixing up the…


Revisionist History podcast with Malcolm Gladwell. The King of Tears about country music evoking emotion and rock and roll lacking in emotion. Gladwell uses Rolling Stones 100 best songs. Bob’s Like A Rolling Stone is number 1.

Mystic Chords: Mysticism and Psychology in Popular Music, by Manish Soni

“Rock and roll, and archetypal symbolism? Citing baby-boomer favorites including Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, the Beatles and other Rock greats, the author shows that they have drawn on the same primal source from which mythology, dreams, and poetic insight arise. Does today’s music of the masses deserve a place in the pantheon of traditional art forms, next to classical music…” — From


Ultimate Classic Rock magazine. Dylan and Gene Simmons collaboration.

“The track in question is probably “Waiting for the Morning Light,” which appeared on Simmons’s 2004 album, Asshole, but was recorded several years earlier. “Bob came up with the chords, most of them, and then I took it and wrote lyrics, melody, the rest of it,” Simmons told Billboard in 2003.

Read More: Tommy Thayer Says Gene Simmons ‘Was Like a Kid’ Working With Bob Dylan |


Pitchfork article on 200 of the best albums of the 1960s.

#55 Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, #38 Bringing it all Back Home, #14 Highway ’61 Revisited, #6 Blonde on Blonde


WPKN interview with author Bruce Pollock, Bob Dylan FAQ. One Too Many Mornings was a turning point for Dylan. Start at about 1 hour in.

WTF Podcast with Marc Maron interview with Alice Cooper. Marc to Alice “You play Golf?” Alice, “Yeah, Dylan plays golf…” Last 5 min of cast.


The Sixth Borough, article in City Journal.

“Not long after Brackman arrived, his friend Rudy Wurlitzer followed. Wurlitzer, a novelist (The Drop Edge of Yonder, Nog) and scriptwriter (the cult classic Two Lane Blacktop, Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha, Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid), had pals like Philip Glass, Bob Dylan (who played a part in Pat Garrett), Patti Smith, and other postmodern moderns. When friends visited, they spread the word about the interesting town.”

WTF Podcast with Marc Maron. Interview with Steve Jordan. Chuck Berry was essential to Bob Dylan. The turn of the phrase. You Can’t Catch Me and Too Much Monkey Business influenced Subterranean Homesick Blues and Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat. Eric Clapton turned Keith Richards onto guitarist Robert Cray. Jordan played with Dylan in the late 80s early 90s when he was searching. Dylan wanted him to put a band together for the record Down in the Groove. He put together a hot shot studio band that would follow Dylan around like a SWAT team. But Jordan figured this wasn’t going to work out and left before tour. GE Smith then became the band!


Under the Skin podcast with Russell Brand interview with Bill Bragg talking about Punk, Folk, Hip Hop and socialism. Grime music, folk revival creative means reclaiming space voices that are not being heard, language that has not been written. Music is a universal social medium. Pop music the vanguard of that in the 1960s. Not just Bob Dylan type stuff but Marvin Gaye and the city stuff.


Hollywood Game Night “Keep It Unreal” Episode 510.  Musical Pillow Game…Dylan won Oscar, uses a stage name, didn’t record a song when he was 12, it was Stevie Wonder.


HHHappy article on Patti Smith

“For Smith, before there was rock ‘n’ roll there was poetry and a intense love of literature. As she puts it, she got “sidetracked” by music, and wandered down a path through which she could fuse her love of Rimbaud and the Beats with her adoration for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Jim Morrison.”


WTF podcast with Marc Maron. Interview with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Talking about the 60s best music ever, including Dylan in their documentary about Vietnam.


Book Forum review of Joni Mitchell biography, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, by David Yaffe.

“Even on her earliest, overly demure albums, she’d taken Bob Dylan’s cue that pop songs could say anything (she often named “Positively Fourth Street” as her bat signal) and was using it to dismantle the pedestal she was placed on: The ingenue was gazing back and seeing through her watchers, keeping charts of power plays in a fine calligraphic hand. The girl all the pop songs were about was stepping up to tell them what they got wrong.”

“In 1971, Blue (which includes “A Case of You,” a song about Cohen, as it happens) kicked off a six- or seven-album streak that stands beside Stevie Wonder’s of the same time or Dylan’s mid-’60s run.”

“While shelves buckle with Beatles and Dylan studies, and Young and Cohen have gotten solid book-length treatments, the few books on Mitchell have been limited, either too hagiographic or subsuming her under second-wave feminism or California lifestyle-ism.”

“One problem for writers may be that unlike the work of Dylan or the Beatles, which was full of disguise and mystique and offered critics a surfeit to speculate about, Mitchell’s art was staked on a radical honesty, no matter how enhanced by metaphor.”

Twitter feed comment on Louis CK movie about Woody Allen.



NPR Tiny Desk performance


“And in the way Bob Dylan took his guitar and harmonica to accompany his rarely repeating ramblings, L.A Salami embraces a similar aesthetic, albeit as a black Englishman instead of a white Minnesotan.”


Under the Skin podcast with Russell Brand interview with Brad Evans.

Russell introduces “Brad Evans the Dylan of emergent new consciousness.”


Fresh Air podcast with Terry Gross interview with Bruce Springsteen.

Severe motorcycle accident in 1967.

“Terry Gross: And that’s one of the things that really interests me in comparing you to Dylan. Because when you first started, people were comparing you to Dylan, one of the “new Dylans,” and everything.

In some ways, persona-wise, you’re the opposite. Because he’s always — he changed his name. He surrounded himself in mystery. His lyrics are very obscure.

And your lyrics tell stories. You’re all about a place. You reveal so much about yourself and the world around you in your songs. You know what I mean? I know that you’re more than what you literally tell us about in the songs, but still, you have an identity and tried to tell us something of who you are in your songs.

Bruce: You just go where your psychology leads you, I think. You know, I’ve always loved the fact that Bob’s been able to sustain his mystery over 50 or 60 years. In this day and age, that’s quite a feat in itself and, you know, the things that I loved about Bob’s music — and I describe him in the book as a father of my country, which he really is — were things that just didn’t fit when I went to do my job, you know? I had come out of a somewhat different circumstance and the clothes just didn’t fit.”

Vietnam War documentary 

“Vietnam was a sideshow in 1962, under the broader foreboding of the Cold War, when Bob Dylan wrote “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” his chilling prophecy at the start of this album and the film.” See earlier post WTF podcast with Marc Maron.


WTF podcast with Marc Maron interview with Harry Dean Stanton from 2014.

Did you know Peckinpah? That’s where I met Dylan, Bob Dylan, he was crazy too, Yeah but I love him. That was crazy times. Maron: What was the scene with Dylan? We were jogging in a scene in the background. Peckinpah said you fuckers walking through the shot. I was running out for Dylan to get him out of the shot. Maron: When you hang out with Dylan what’s that conversation like? He’s awesome, he wanted me to be in a movie he was directing with Joan Baez (Renaldo and Clara), We came back to LA and he asked me to record a song in Santa Monica. He was singing with the Band then. I was 2 hours late he was with the band but he was there waiting for me and we sang and made a tape but I didn’t take a copy of the tape, I could kick myself. We sang a Mexican song…


See Billboard Harry Dean Stanton best singing moments, including with Dylan on Jewish Telethon.

“Thanks to the treasure trove that is YouTube, there is (somewhat fuzzy) footage of Bob Dylan performing alongside his son-in-law Peter Himmelman and Stanton at a 1989 Chabad telethon. The trio took on spirited versions of ​”Hava Nagila” and “Adelita,” the latter on which Dylan appears to be playing the recorder while Stanton covers harmonica.”

Speakeasy Warren Zanes interview with Robbie Robertson, Oct 2016.


Centerway Square in Corning, NY. Band playing Knocking’ on Heaven’s Door.



Here’s the Thing podcast with Alec Baldwin. Interview with Burton Cummings.

Writing their own songs.


The Voice, S3 E1

Blind auditions 15 year old Destiny Hope singing Don’t Think Twice it’s Alright, badly! at about 54.13.


Consequence of Sound article via Twitter.

“For our latest Origins feature, Rob McVey and Sivert Høyem help explain the creation of “Goodbye 21st Century” by naming R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and more as influences.”


“Rob McVey: I’ve often marvelled at the lyrics of this Dylan song, “The Times They are A-Changin’,” managing to sweep up the atmosphere of a particular time whilst remaining on the periphery. I loved the way Dylan dismantles the established and critical so effortlessly, and it made me feel cool at the same time. I guess in our song I liked the way Sivert was just saying what he was seeing. “21st Century” was the first time I had felt comfortable addressing what was going on out there, just felt right and of the moment.”


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Beyond the Trope podcast episode 162 interview with Crystal Skillman.

Crystal: Don’t remember who won the Pulitzer 2 years ago. Interviewer: Wasn’t that Bob Dylan? Crystal: If you’re Bob Dylan it’s a little different cause you’re embedded in the culture already.

Went to see Twyla Tharp dance at Joyce Theater. Dylan Love Songs. Excellent!

John Selya, center, and fellow members of Twyla Tharp Dance. CreditAndrea Mohin/The New York Times

Reviews: NYTimes, Observer, Financial Times, Village Voice

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie, novel about McDougall Street family.

“They had excellent taste, excellent clothes, excellent English, and they were no more eccentric than, say, Bob Dylan, or any other sometime local resident.” p. 12-13

“My parents didn’t have the doomed heroism of properly Operatic-Realist leads; nor did our other neighbors. (Bob Dylan was long gone.)” p. 28

“I was the one who dug in this dirt for longest, seeing myself, almost, as a latter-day A.J. Weberman–Weberman the soi-disant Village “garbologer” of the 1970s, who rooted around in Bob Dylan’s trash to discover the secret meanings of his lyrics and the details of his private life, and although I never went that far, I thought about it…” p. 36

“That night he (son Petya) talked and drank without stopping, and all of us who were there could carry fragments of that talk in our memories for the rest of our lives. What crazy, extraordinary talk it was! No limits to the subjects…;the hysterics of Bob Dylan (he recited the whole of “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” as reverently as if it were a composition piece to “La Belle Dame sans Merci”);


New Yorker article on Joni Mitchell

“She got another chance at camaraderie in 1975, when she joined Bob Dylan’s cocaine-dusted Rolling Thunder Revue, partly to get to know “Bobby,” who acted, she said, like a “perverse little brat,” forgoing actual conversations for Delphic, leering remarks. Dylan’s childishness is the subject of “Talk to Me,” a song on “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter”:
We could talk about Martha
We could talk about landscapes
I’m not above gossip
But I’ll sit on a secret where honor is at stake!
Or we could talk about power
About Jesus and Hitler and Howard Hughes
Or Charlie Chaplin’s movies
Or Bergman’s Nordic blues
Please just talk to me
Any old theme you choose
Just come and talk to me
Mr. Mystery, talk to me.”

“The musicians she respects the most, Dylan and Leonard Cohen, are both notoriously limited singers, a fact that Mitchell reports frequently, and with evident joy.”

“Her inspirations, she said, were the crooners of the pre-rock era, and Dylan, who could string lyrics together without the promise, or the threat, of an impending tune. (Dylan’s harmonica passages sometimes act as the only punctuation for his long musical sentences.)”

“The principle of delay works also with Mitchell’s rhymes, which are often the off-the-rack, Tin Pan Alley pairings that Dylan would adopt and, in songs like “Desolation Row,” deconstruct into prophetic nonsense. ”


Big Bang Theory, S11 E3

Sheldon dreaming aspects of himself, Counsel of Sheldon’s. Laid back Sheldon says “I’m just chillin’ like Bob Dylan.” Last 5 minutes of show.

WTF podcast with Marc Maron. Interview with Jeff Bridges. At about 1:00 hr.

Beau playing Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Jeff feels fortunate to have Dylan and the Beatles but Beau had Buddy Holly. Jeff turned Beau on to the Beatles and Dylan.


Shaky Ground: The ’60s and Its Aftershocks

“San Francisco’s 1965 transformation from the home of folk to the home of acid rock happened just as dramatically. Acid hit, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival and British Rockers kept pushing the envelope…”

“Like everyone else, Bob Dylan was mesmerized by the Brits. By 1966 he was claiming folk had just been a “substitute” for rock….The English had changed all that, he said, by revitalizing rock music. Dylan had loved the Animals’ 1964 rock version of “House of the Rising Sun…”

“American prosperity, acid, the British Invasion, and Dylan’s plugging in were the catalysts that sparked the hippie revolution, and San Francisco was uniquely poised to respond to the shift.” p. 24-27

Nerdist podcast with Chris Hardwick. Interview with Ron Perlman. At about 45 min

Chris: People need boundaries. Perlman discussing Marlon Brando: He was brilliant. When you’re Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, or Bob Dylan who, to the world are inhuman because they are in such a vaulted position…Who around them can they trust?…What is your process why can you do things that no one else can do…Why are you Bob Dylan?


WTF podcast with Marc Maron. Interview with Marilyn Manson. 15min. in.

Marilyn talking about his guitar, Excalibur. It’s really heavy. It wrote great songs. The guitar is part of the process of writing songs. Marc says: Everything has a ritualistic, a status. Someone told him, Randy Newman’s son, told him Bob Dylan gave Neil Young Hank Williams’ guitar. That’s important. That’s gotta be a magic guitar.


The Voice, S13 E7

Team Miley Battle – Brooke Simpson vs. Sophia Bollman: “You’re a Big Girl Now”.


WTF podcast with Marc Maron interview with Willem DaFoe. 25 min in.

Dafoe says, He’s the seventh son! Sister going off to college when he was six. Siblings went to University of Wisconsin and hung out there when he was a teenager. The early sixties were blowing up with creativity, questioning and protest. Made his start in avant-garde theater. Left high school early, in 1972-1973, wanted to find a new world. Went to Milwaukee. Wanted to be with smart, inspiring, cool people. Thinks about the Bob Dylan line, “Little boy lost; he takes himself so seriously; brags about his misery; loves to live dangerously.” That’s me (DaFoe)!


Jeopardy question, 7pm

“Joyce Carol Oates dedicated “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” to Bob Dylan, and she has claimed that the story was influenced by Dylan’s haunting song “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”” from SparkNotes


The Voice 2017 Knockout – Dennis Drummond: “All Along the Watchtower”


University of Chicago Press, free monthly ebook.

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He was one of the great blues guitarists and shaped the blues and folk revivals. Bob Dylan called him “one of the wizards of modern music.” This influential, but underappreciated, musician is the subject of our free e-bookSay No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by Ian Zack. Also see a list of the students of Rev. Gary Davis, with many links to his and their recordings.
“Bob Dylan, who rubbed elbows with Davis in Greenwich Village in the early sixties and recorded a number of his songs, considered him “one of the wizards of modern music.” Intro. p.


WTF podcast with Marc Maron interview with John Hammond.

John was good friends will Dylan in 1961-62. He introduced The Band to him. Bob did talking blues, that guy could really grab you. John played coffee houses like the Fat Black Pussy Cat. Him, Dylan, Van Ronk, Ritchie Havens, Peter Cohen hung out at the Folklore Center. John moved to LA in 1962, ready to be someone else. Opened for the Staples Sisters, Mavis!!! John met Levon, Rich Emanuel, etc. in Canada and played with them. He introduced them to Dylan. Bob really respected where John came from. Bob broke the folk thing/scene by going electric!


Vulture article on Cate Blanchett roles in movies

“9. I’m Not There (2007)
Fine, it’s just a Bob Dylan impression — but it’s a really funny Bob Dylan impression. As one of the Dylan personas in Todd Haynes’s unconventional biopic, Blanchett was handed a plum part: the singer-songwriter of the Don’t Look Back era, a bratty, witty young man happy to conquer the planet while on tour in England. She’s a total hoot in the role, channeling the artist’s quicksilver wit, burnt-out weariness, and nervous patter. It’s a perfect mimic, but there’s also deep compassion in the performance. After all, Dylan is one of our greatest chameleons, shape-shifting from style to style over his long career, and so it figures that a master impressionist would understand that need to reinvent better than just about anyone.”

Tweet from Playbill.


Sticky Fingers, by Joe Hagan

“Lennon. Dylan. Jagger. Belushi. Leibovitz. The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s founder, editor, and publisher, is an insider’s trip through the backstages of storied concert venues, rock-star hotel rooms, and the political ups and downs of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, right up through the digital age: connecting the counterculture of Haight Ashbury to the “straight world.”” Goodreads summary.

Wenner is not happy with it. The DailyBeast


Facebook post

UpRoxx blog. How To Make ‘The Last Waltz’ Part Of Your Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

“The guest list at this party is truly a mixed bag. There is a wise old man from Mississippi. There is a beautiful blonde poet from the Hollywood hills. There is a jive-talking hipster from New Orleans. There is a coked-up Canadian hippie. There is a portly, purple-suited Irishman who mistakenly believes that he knows karate. And then there’s the Jewish rock star for Minnesota who can’t decide if he really wants to be there.”

VillageVoice article by Greil Marcus. Top 10 Real Life Rock

“2. Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota (October 25).
Overheard in Row 7: “Have you guys seen Bob Dylan before?” “No, but we never miss Mavis.””

“7. Joe Hagan, Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine(Knopf). That Hagan names as inspirations The Lives of John Lennon, Albert Goldman’s attempt to destroy John Lennon, and Positively 4th Street, David Hadju’s attempt to discredit Bob Dylan, means that his book is one more proof that a biography grounded in its author’s contemptuous distaste for his or her subject is not a good idea. There’s a huge amount of information here, but if what Hagan did with what I told him is remotely typical then it can’t be trusted.” See 11/3 post.














































“Matthew Denny, a social network analysis researcher at Penn State University, explains the stylistic pattern behind these numbers: “A high betweenness centrality suggests you were more important in passing on traditions. Also, someone who created their own branch of music would score higher by this metric.””

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Bob Dylan and Minstrelsy!

This is an examination of the merging of two seemingly disparate works; one scholarly and one musical.

Love and Theft: Black Face Minstrelsy and the American Working Class, by Eric Lott. (1995).

“Lott exposes minstrelsy as a signifier for multiple breaches: the rift between high and low cultures, the commodification of the dispossessed by the empowered, the attraction mixed with guilt of whites caught in the act of cultural thievery.” — Book jacket.

Lott quotes historian Sean Wilentz, about how minstrelsy connected “workingmen’s pride, resentments, and simple pleasures to the language of republican politics.” p. 72.

Love and Theft,” Bob Dylan. (2001).

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
Summer Days
Bye and Bye
Lonesome Day Blues
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Honest with Me
Cry A While
Sugar Baby

Rolling Stone article (2016) on the making of “Love and Theft”.

“When it was wrapped up, the album – its title inspired by historian Eric Lott’s 1993 study Love & Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class – could be as somber and austere as Time Out of Mind, with Dylan’s increasingly gnarled voice now the equivalent of a weathered oak tree. ‘Basically, the songs deal with what many of my songs deal with – which is business, politics and war, and maybe love interest on the side,’ Dylan said at the time. ‘The whole album deals with power. If life teaches us anything, it’s that there’s nothing that men and women won’t do to get power. The album deals with power, wealth, knowledge and salvation – the way I look at it.'”

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Dylan “Love and Theft” lyrics word cloud

In the above lyrics analysis it is surprising that Tweedledee and Dee and Dum are prominent. There are 12 songs on the album and the first is Tweedledee and Tweedledum. The songs importance is not missed here.

According to legend, from, Tweedledum and Tweedledee originated with John Byrom in the 18th century and later immortalized by Lewis Caroll:

“Byrom took his cue from the world of music. In particular, Byrom invented Tweedledum and Tweedledee in a poem that satirised and mocked two rivalling schools of music at the time. (‘Tweedle’ from twiddle, as in to tweak an instrument.) Byrom’s poem runs:

Some say, compar’d to Bononcini
That Mynheer Handel’s but a Ninny
Others aver, that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a Candle
Strange all this Difference should be
‘Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee!


[The pair show up after Through the Looking-Glass] in an anti-war nursery rhyme ‘Tweedledum and Tweedledee’ published in Extraordinary Nursery Rhymes (1876):

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Had a mighty battle,
And what was it all about, think ye?
About a penny rattle.
So nations foolishly make wars,
And loud their cannons rattle;
When oft they have as little cause,
As Tweedledum for battle.”

Bob Dylan in America, by Sean Wilentz (2010).

Perhaps Wilentz’s vision of “Love and Theft” stuck in my mind. He describes it as a minstrel show!

“While I was preparing to write [web notes] about “Love and Theft” in late summer 2001, I thought I perceived (and it turned out to be a pretty obvious observation) that the album was a kind of minstrel show, in which Dylan had assembled bits and pieces of older American music and literature (and not just American music and literature) and recombined them in new ways.” p. 8.

A Glance at New York, 1848 play discussed in Lott’s work.

“A Glance at New York and sketches like it were riotously egalitarian, offering a kind of plebeian heroism against the dangers of downtown New York.” p. 83.

Audio excerpt of the play from 2004 revival via WNYC.

A review of A Glance at New York describes this minstrelsy as a musical farce.

“Condemned for its “vulgarity,” the musical farce, A Glance at New York in 1848, was a sensational blockbuster, one of the greatest successes of the New York stage up to that time. Its hackneyed plot of the Bowery fireman Mose, the original b’hoy, to save his new found friend George, a country greenhorn, from scrapes with city sharpers, proved to be irresistibly popular. Credited with being one of the first American “musical farces,” and long out of print, Theatre Arts Press is proud to bring the libretto of this important American musical back from the past.”

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American History or What I Learned from Reading the Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction

Ninety-plus books and 6 years later, I accomplished a feat so outrageous I can hardly believe it. I read, in reverse chronological order, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction list. Encouraged by a friend and avid reader, I worked my way through the list from 1918 to 2017. It was not easy, some of the books were not available through my public library, some had to be bought through Amazon or loaned from a friend, a few were found at used book stores. When you read these stories in this order you get a tremendous sense of the expanse and growth of the USA and it’s rootedness in property protection and gun ownership. That is the American psyche.

The earliest stories center on the intersection of family life and the natural environment before Federal infrastructure development. People traveled the country on horseback, wagon, and foot. There were no roads. From 1918 through to the 1930s. Most of the books take place in rural country, a few are set in NYC. Most delve into the transition between family legacies, out with the old in with the new. If not a cliche, a true sense of progressive living/livelihood. Cars begin showing up, motor carriages, dangerous for sure! Racism is pervasive throughout these decades. Women writers are well represented and so is the woman’s voice. The years leading up to war and the dawning of the Industrial Age are predominate genres. A surprising amount of these works were made into movies and have even won Oscars! Think Gone with the Wind.

The 1940s and 1950s set of classics, is a trying time in the United States. They almost all represent some struggle with authority, trying to find a place in the new world. Not being a slave to the past and at the same time making the future all their own. Just as in life this period can be considered the beginning of the great American Dream. The Grapes of Wrath, Dragon’s Teeth, All the King’s Men, The Way West, The Town are just some of the more poignant works.

The 1960s to 1980s works are much more focused on the moral makeup of events past. Atoning for gluttony, racism, and searching for the meaning of life. Many of these revolve around middle aged men seemingly going through midlife transitions. Definitely had enough of Updike’s Rabbit and Stegner’s Angel of Repose. A few explore the Black experience with the The Confessions of Nat Turner and The Color Purple dominating the landscape.

The 90s and 2000s bring much more diversity of experiences and peoples. Many of these focus on the immigrant population showing a different perspective on the American Dream or the ending of it. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao provide Latin American  and Vietnamese voices. American Pastoral and The Road explore the destruction of what we believed the American Dream to be.

The 2010s so far are reflective of years gone and years to come with a variety of redemption and sympathy. We’ll see what the rest of the 10s have to offer.

One interesting book and series on the whole, that caught my attention the most was the 1940s Dragon’s Teeth, which is the third novel in the eleventh novel Lanny Budd series by Upton Sinclair. Watch for a future post. I recently finished all eleven novels! Each 600 page novel was filled with European and American history. It was an amazing representation of the early 1900s to the later 1940s as the world swelled with wealth and at the same time full of repression.

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The Origins of Automated Ice

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Books, Health and History

By Danielle Aloia. Special Projects Librarian

This August, for most of us, ice is a second thought:  easily obtained for cooling drinks and chilling food, and usually only a few steps away.   An 1844 title in our collections offers an intriguing snapshot of a time when this was not always the case.

In 1844, a Londoner with a shop on Regents’ Street and an inventive mind published The Ice Book: Being a Compendious and Concise History of Everything Connected with Ice.  His name was Thomas Masters.   In this publication, Masters enumerates the practical uses–both culinary and medical– of his own patented ice machine.  In his introduction, Masters describes his obsession with the process of freezing:

The transformations narrated in the “Arabian Nights,” those gorgeous repositories of Eastern legendary lore, are not more marvelous or more speedy than the change of a liquid body to a block of solid…

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Uncooked Foods and How to Use Them: A History of the Raw Food Diet

New post published….

Books, Health and History

By Danielle Aloia, Special Projects Librarian

There are endless diets, ways to prepare foods, and types of foods to eat in the world. One of these is the Raw Food Diet or Raw Foodism. While this may seem like a new age, trendy diet, it has been around for more than a hundred years. As defined in a 1923 American Raw Food, Health and Psychological Club publication, raw food has not “been subjected to the devastating heat of the flame and the consequent devitalizing changes which destroy its freshness and render it so much waste when taken into the human system.”1 Depending on whom you followed in the field, raw food diets could include eggs, milk, vegetables, fruit, and even meat.

Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Christian, authors of the 1904 book Uncooked Foods and How to Use Them, claimed to have cured all their stomach ailments with complete…

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Prescription for Healthy Aging

A short view to healthy aging….

Books, Health and History

By Danielle Aloia, Special Projects Librarian

September marks Healthy Aging® Month, a good time to evaluate your health. In the 1899 Good Health article “The Road from Life to Death,” Dr. David Paulson suggests that “the velocity with which men travel down grade toward ill health and death is largely regulated by themselves.” At any time a person can change deleterious habits and return to the road toward health. The worse your habits the harder it is to change course.1

From: Paulson D. The road from life to death. Good Health. 1899;34(8):481-482. From: Paulson D. The road from life to death. Good Health. 1899;34(8):481-482. Click to enlarge.

In the diagram above Paulson describes certain stations as turning points. The “Business Pressure” station is marked by mental worry and sedentary habits. “Wretched Sanitation” refers to lack of fresh air and abundance of germs. The “Unnatural Demands of Modern Society” places blame on late hours and evening entertainment. The final station…

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Zen in the City

Buddhists Temples:

Eastern States Buddhist Temple

New York Buddhist Church

Zen Mountain Monastery


GreenAcre Park

Elizabeth Street Garden

Central Park Conservatory Garden

Six best secret gardens — Gothamist

FDR Freedom Park

Privately-owned public spaces


Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Asia Society

Rubin Museum of Art

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The Long Road to Medicare

My latest post from The New York Academy of Medicine

Books, Health and History

By Danielle Aloia, Special Projects Librarian

July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Medicare. But getting to the signing of the Social Security Amendment of 1965, which created Medicare, was a long road.

In the 1910s and 1920s, numerous reports, recommendations, and programs advocated the development of a national health system, especially after the United Kingdom adopted National Health Insurance in 1911. Due to opposition from the American Medical Association (AMA), labor unions, and insurance companies these recommendations were never fully accepted. However, there was consensus that something needed to do be done to protect the poor from the burden of healthcare costs.

As the charts below show, in 1929 citizens spent over three billion dollars on health care. The next chart shows where that money was spent. As noted by William Foster, chairman of the Committee on Public Health of the National Advisory Council on…

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Tuning in to Tuberculosis

My latest post from the New York Academy of Medicine Library

Books, Health and History

By Danielle Aloia, Special Projects Librarian

WNYC-LogoTo mark World TB Day, we are going to tune in to the 1950s radio series “For Doctors Only.” Selections from this series and several others produced by The New York Academy of Medicine and WNYC were recently digitized and cataloged by the Academy and the New York Public Radio (NYPR) Archives.

The program “The Biological and Social Aspects of Tuberculosis” was the 26th Hermann M. Biggs Memorial Lecture, held at the Academy in 1951.The lecture was given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author René Jules Dubos in honor of physician and public health champion Hermann Biggs and his contribution to the control and elimination of tuberculosis (TB).

At the beginning of his career, Dubos focused on developing antibiotics. But after his first wife, Marie-Louise, died of pulmonary TB in 1942, he changed the focus of his research. His…

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