Ballad of a Thin Man: Bob Dylan

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4 Comments on “Ballad of a Thin Man: Bob Dylan”

  1. Hedley Says:

    Great post for a Sunday Kat. Sometimes I wonder if there is a Dylan period that I didn’t enjoy ? I guess I would admit that the Christmas album was dodgy as was the Bob sings Dylan trilogy.
    I continue to dig deep in to Fragments and annoy Mrs MDH with my constant Dylan appreciation comments

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Know that this song was dedicated to you. I knew it needed posting as soon as I heard it. Perhaps Mrs. MDH should wear head phones or turn the TV up louder.

  2. Ted Says:

    This is great. I don’t think I’ve seen Dylan at a piano. Lots of energy, something like “Idiot Wind,” which was about the same period.

    Another great video, with great energy, is Dylan singing “Like a Rolling Stone” at Newport, 1965. I think this is a BBC recording. I posted it on my blog a few times, but it kept getting taken down for copyright infringement. It’s back again. In the full version, Peter Yarrow comes out afterward while the crowd is boo-ing Dylan for bringing an electric guitar to a folk festival, Yarrow looking shell-shocked and trying to appease the audience. He says something like, “What do you want? Do you want Bobby to sing any more?” He turns toward backstage and says, “Bobby’s gonna come back. He’s getting an acoustic guitar.” So Dylan comes back with an acoustic guitar and sings “Mr. Tambourine Man” like a good boy. But this is the song that lived in infamy:

    • katry Says:

      My hunt for videos is long and arduous. With YouTube unavailable, I strike out with some songs so I sometimes change the song to one for which I have found a video. I felt so lucky finding this Dylan.

      You have posted one of my favorites. I used to have a cassette of Dylan’s greatest hits. I played it in the car LOUDLY, and I sang along with all the songs. I think I was extra exuberant at red lights. I can only imagine what the other drivers thought with me singing along and keeping rhythm on the steering wheel.

      I remember the upheaval at Newport when Dylan went electric. I figured they booed because they went to hear the Dylan they knew.

      Yarrow’s appearance, I suppose, was meant to quell the boos. His calling Dylan Bobby seemed wrong somehow. As for getting Dylan’s acoustic guitar, I guess he felt people weren’t quite ready for an electric Dylan.

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