Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylan  

redmustang91 57M  
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9/27/2005 3:59 am

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Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylan


Watched a two hour biographical home movie of early 60's bob Dylan on PBS last night. Part II tonight. Wonderful to revisit these classic songs at the start of Dylan's genius career. He was 20 and channelling the spirit of the age or zeitgeist as the Germans say. Joan Baez was so beautiful and pure of voice.

Dylan took the folk and traditional English and Scottish folk song, combined it with the Allen Ginsburg and Ferlinghetti imagist poetry derived from Baudelaire and Rimbaud with some country western hints, added Little Richard and combined with his own remarkable talent to make something distinctive and remarkably good.

He was not political or particularly protesting, but this quirky artist wrote the greatest civil rights anthems ever: Blowin' in the Wind:

BLOWIN' IN THE WIND
(Words and Music by Bob Dylan)
1962 Warner Bros. Inc
Renewed 1990 Special Rider Music

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

And this was just the start of his career! True genius is said of many, but actually true of Bob Dylan, the greatest American songwriter of modern music.

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9/28/2005 12:08 am

Thoroughly enjoyed this presentation of American Masters. The look on Dylan's face when a TV reported shouted out "Suck on your glasses" was priceless. I don't think the reporter quite knew what to do when Dylan walked up to him and asked him if he wanted to suck on his glasses as he held them out for the reporter to suck.


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