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A wee bit late but Dylan has released an official music video for "Like a Rolling Stone" and it's weird and awesome and weird and awesome:

http://video.bobdylan.com/desktop.html

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That pretty much defines Bob in a nutshell.

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Just saw "Inside Llewyn Davis". Great film. My favorite Coen film so far. And a certain folk singer makes a cameo.


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Voronwë the Faithful wrote:
That pretty much defines Bob in a nutshell.


Out of curiosity, did you know him personally?


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No, I base that purely on many years of listening to his music, reading interviews with him, and reading about him.

I am curious as to why you use the past tense. Bob is, so far as I know (and I would hope that I would know!), still alive and kicking.

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Alive and kicking and recording music and going on tours.

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Voronwë the Faithful wrote:
No, I base that purely on many years of listening to his music, reading interviews with him, and reading about him.

I am curious as to why you use the past tense. Bob is, so far as I know (and I would hope that I would know!), still alive and kicking.


Sorry, I just wondered if you knew him from his earlier days! Didn't mean to suggest that he wasn't around anymore.

I mostly asked because you called him "Bob," not because you seemed to understand him well. :)


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I certainly don't claim to understand Bob well (I doubt even Bob understands Bob well), but I would go so far as to say that a good argument can be made that other than Beth, he has had as much if not more influence on me as any other single individual. For whatever that is worth. I may not understand him, but I certainly appreciate him!

(And may I say that I found that to be a rather odd thing to say?)

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Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall
She sees the bartender in a pool of blood
Cries out, “My God, they killed them all!”
Here comes the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin’ that he never done
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world

Three bodies lyin’ there does Patty see
And another man named Bello, movin’ around mysteriously
“I didn’t do it,” he says, and he throws up his hands
“I was only robbin’ the register, I hope you understand
I saw them leavin’,” he says, and he stops
“One of us had better call up the cops”
And so Patty calls the cops
And they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashin’
In the hot New Jersey night

Meanwhile, far away in another part of town
Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin’ around
Number one contender for the middleweight crown
Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road
Just like the time before and the time before that
In Paterson that’s just the way things go
If you’re black you might as well not show up on the street
’Less you wanna draw the heat

Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops
Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowlin’ around
He said, “I saw two men runnin’ out, they looked like middleweights
They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates”
And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head
Cop said, “Wait a minute, boys, this one’s not dead”
So they took him to the infirmary
And though this man could hardly see
They told him that he could identify the guilty men

Four in the mornin’ and they haul Rubin in
Take him to the hospital and they bring him upstairs
The wounded man looks up through his one dyin’ eye
Says, “Wha’d you bring him in here for? He ain’t the guy!”
Yes, here’s the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin’ that he never done
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world

Four months later, the ghettos are in flame
Rubin’s in South America, fightin’ for his name
While Arthur Dexter Bradley’s still in the robbery game
And the cops are puttin’ the screws to him, lookin’ for somebody to blame
“Remember that murder that happened in a bar?”
“Remember you said you saw the getaway car?”
“You think you’d like to play ball with the law?”
“Think it might-a been that fighter that you saw runnin’ that night?”
“Don’t forget that you are white”

Arthur Dexter Bradley said, “I’m really not sure”
Cops said, “A poor boy like you could use a break
We got you for the motel job and we’re talkin’ to your friend Bello
Now you don’t wanta have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow
You’ll be doin’ society a favor
That sonofabitch is brave and gettin’ braver
We want to put his ass in stir
We want to pin this triple murder on him
He ain’t no Gentleman Jim”

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
But he never did like to talk about it all that much
It’s my work, he’d say, and I do it for pay
And when it’s over I’d just as soon go on my way
Up to some paradise
Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice
And ride a horse along a trail
But then they took him to the jailhouse
Where they try to turn a man into a mouse

All of Rubin’s cards were marked in advance
The trial was a pig-circus, he never had a chance
The judge made Rubin’s witnesses drunkards from the slums
To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum
And to the black folks he was just a crazy n*gger
No one doubted that he pulled the trigger
And though they could not produce the gun
The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed
And the all-white jury agreed

Rubin Carter was falsely tried
The crime was murder “one,” guess who testified?
Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied
And the newspapers, they all went along for the ride
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool’s hand?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game

Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell
An innocent man in a living hell
That’s the story of the Hurricane
But it won’t be over till they clear his name
And give him back the time he’s done
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world


RIP, Rubin Carter

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Voronwë the Faithful wrote:
I certainly don't claim to understand Bob well (I doubt even Bob understands Bob well), but I would go so far as to say that a good argument can be made that other than Beth, he has had as much if not more influence on me as any other single individual. For whatever that is worth. I may not understand him, but I certainly appreciate him!

(And may I say that I found that to be a rather odd thing to say?)


As far as I can tell, you seem to understand him very well - though of course, we will probably never really know what drives him. I only asked if you knew him because you called him "Bob," and I thought it plausible that you might know him. In other words, I said exactly what I meant. :)


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