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“WELCOME 2 AMERICA” 2010…AND BACK AGAIN

BOB DYLAN HAS A HABIT OF not immediately releasing songs. Another Minnesota legend had a habit of not releasing entire albums upon their  completion.  For reasons known only to the Sphinx from Hibbing, some of…

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BOB DYLAN HAS MADE OFF LIKE A ROUNDER–AGAIN(GOOD FOR HIM)

A 79-YEAR OLD BOB DYLAN TRENDING THESE DAYS, AS HE DID ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020 throws up an immediate red flag. Fortunately the news wasn’t macabre. It was head scratchin,’ perfectly Dylan-esque: it was…

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7 TAKEAWAYS FROM BOB DYLAN ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS(2020)

ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS MAY BE BOB DYLAN‘S MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUM release in decades, the added attention beyond his fan base of Dylanologists. Because of the 2020 pandemic. Because of the current racial strife. Because…

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“HE NOT BEING BUSY BORN IS BEING DYING…” BOB DYLAN AT 79: A BELATED, ECLECTIC PLAYLIST

AS OTHER SOURCES HAVE NOTED, ONLY A PANDEMIC HAS STOPPED BOB DYLAN’S “Never Ending Tour” not the man’s health nor mortality. What more to say about the man, the myth, the masks, the controversies? How…

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BOB DYLAN “MURDER MOST FOUL” PART II: A SELECTIVE PLAYLIST

ACCORDING TO NPR MUSIC FIGUREHEAD BOB BOILEN “MURDER MOST FOUL,” BOB DYLAN‘S surprise 17-minute track inspired by the assasination of President John F. Kennedy boasts 74 references to other songs. Though he neglects to mention…

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BOB DYLAN “MURDER MOST FOUL” PART I

“INSCRUTABLE” IS THE MOST COMMON DESCRIPTION OF BOB DYLAN THEN OR NOW. “Inscrutable,” “sphinxlike,” “unpredictable.” What to make of anything he says or does is beyond any forecast, any exact analysis or interpretation. He’s been…

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“‘SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS…'”: A CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

  THIS IS AN ADAPTATION OF THE FIRST Christmas playlist I made circa 2010. Recently unearthed.  It was never a “mixtape” per se because cassette tapes were disappearing by then and I had become disillusioned…

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“SLOW TROLL COMING, PART 1(THE PREAMBLE): KANYE WEST, JESUS IS KING”

DEARLY BELOVED, ALLOW ME TO TROLL YOU The opening phrase is Biblical. i.e., it refers to the Holy Bible, especially the New Testament. It was a greeting the first Christians used to one another, especially…

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