Bob Dylan’s amazing live version of Mr. Tambourine Man from 1995

When my brother, Jim, and I saw Dylan in Vegas on May 13, 1995, he sang it just this way during that live performance. … [Read more...]

Great cover of Bob Dylan’s pro-Israel song, “Neighborhood Bully.”

The band is called "Daniel Israel and Blood on the Tracks." The lyrics to the song follow: Neighborhood Bully (music and lyrics by Bob Dylan)Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man His enemies say he’s on their land They got him outnumbered about a million to one He got no place to escape to, no place to run He’s the neighborhood bullyThe neighborhood bully just lives to survive He’s criticized and condemned for being alive He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to … [Read more...]

Stephen H. Webb: In Defense of Dylan’s Voice

Over at First Things, my friend, Steve Webb, offers an apologetic for Bob Dylan's voice. Before you go there, you may want to listen to Zimmy, from a concert in Akron in April:  … [Read more...]

The Rights of Error and the Death of Tolerance

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That's the title of my latest installment over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:Well, George Lewis told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew “You can’t open your mind, boys To every conceivable point of view” – Bob  Dylan, “High Water (For Charley Patton),” 2001Many years ago I was a guest on a national radio show to discuss one of my books. I forget which one, but I vividly remember an encounter I had with a listener who called the program. He was clearly upset that I wa … [Read more...]

Strengthen the Things That Remain (Thoughts on Chick-Fil-A and Religious Liberty)

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"Strengthen the Things That Remain" is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: "Counterfeit philosophies have polluted all of your thoughts Karl Marx has got ya by the throat, Henry Kissinger’s got you tied up in knots When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?" -Bob Dylan  (“When You Gonna Wake Up?,” 1979)Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee dubbed Wednesday August 1, “Chick- … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan, still misunderstood by American liberals

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So says Matthew Schmitz at First Things: Two days ago, Bob Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And once again we saw the tendency of American liberals to misunderstand a man who has refused to be enlisted in their causes.President Obama remarked that “No one ever picks up a guitar, or fights a disease, or starts a movement, thinking: ‘You know what? If I keep this up, in 2012 I could get a medal in the White House from a guy named Barack Obama. That wasn’t in the plan. But tha … [Read more...]

Paul Cella on Sean Wilentz’s “Bob Dylan in America”

Over at What's Wrong With the World, Paul J. Cella reviews the book Bob Dylan in America, authored by Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz. Here's how the review begins: The fact that Bob Dylan became a Christian is still very much controversial among many of his fans. It is not too much to say that when he began recording directly evangelical, even apocalyptic evangelical albums of rock music, beginning in 1979, he delivered a shock comparable to that delivered to the folk movement in … [Read more...]

My top 20 Bob Dylan songs. Today: 4 through 1 – (Dylan turns 70)

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Between May 20 and today, May 24, I am posting my top 20 songs composed by Dylan. Here are the previous installments: 20 through 17 (May 20), 16 through 13 (May 21), 12 through 9 (May 22) and 8 through 5 (May 23)By limiting myself to only 20 Dylan songs, I have, of course, left off many classics including "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," "Just Like a Woman," "The Lonesome Death of Poor Hattie Carroll," "Gotta Serve Somebody," "Masters of War," "Love … [Read more...]

My top 20 Bob Dylan songs. Today: 8 through 5 – (Dylan turns 70)

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Between May 20 and May 24, I am posting my top 20 songs composed by Dylan. Here are the previous installments:20-17 (May 20), 16-13 (May 21), and 12-9 (May 22). For today, May 23, I present 8 through 58. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (1965) 7. Precious Angel (1979) 6. Idiot Wind (1975) 5. Visions of Johanna (1966)What follows is a video of each as well as lyrics.... … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan at 70- My top 20 Dylan songs. Today: 12 through 9

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Between May 20 and May 24, I am posting my top 20 songs composed by Dylan. Here are the previous installments: 20-17 (May 20) and 16-13 (May 21). For today, May 22, I present 12 through 9:12. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1963) 11. Tangled Up in Blue (1974) 10. Desolation Row (1965) 9. Blowin’ in the Wind (1963)What follows is a video of each as well as lyrics.... … [Read more...]


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