Category Archives: Bob Dylan

Electric Dylan controversy

It’s been 50 years since Bob Dylan strolled on stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and infuriated his flock. “By 1965, Bob Dylan was the leading songwriter of the American folk music revival. The response … Continue reading

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“Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” – Bob Dylan (1962)

“‘Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues’, also known as ‘Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues’ and ‘Talkin’ John Birch Blues’, is a protest song and talking blues song written by singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 1962. It is a satirical song, in which … Continue reading

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San Francisco Renaissance

“The term San Francisco Renaissance is used as a global designation for a range of poetic activity centered on San Francisco, which brought it to prominence as a hub of the American poetry avant-garde. However, others (e.g., Alan Watts, Ralph … Continue reading

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Not talkin’ bout a revolution: where are all the protest songs?

Joan Baez performs at an anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Trafalgar Square in 1965. “… In a year that marked the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta and 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament, the four celebrated … Continue reading

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Poetry, Proto-Rap and Soul: The Sounds of the Black Power Revolution

Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised “The word ‘revolution’ has lost its edge in the 21st century. Advertisements inform us there’s a revolution in hair care or a revolutionary new driverless car. But when young Americans … Continue reading

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The Gaslight Cafe

“The Gaslight Cafe was a coffeehouse in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. Also known as The Village Gaslight, it opened in 1958 and became notable as a venue for folk music and other musical acts. It closed … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan – Drifter’s Escape / John Wesley Harding (1967)

Wikipedia – “‘Drifter’s Escape‘ is a song written by Bob Dylan that he recorded for his 1967 album John Wesley Harding. Columbia Records released it as a single in the US and the UK in 1969 as the B-side to … Continue reading

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