Sunday, October 02, 2005
bob dylan no direction home
Bob Dylan, the man, the myth, the writer,
folk singer, the rocker, the poet, the beat,
the prose, the hero...........
this single man has done more for music than
one can fathom. In celebration of the release of
his new documentary No Direction Home,
I must share my recollections and inspirations
from the depths of this fellow
musician/singer/songwriter. First off, the new
documentary, which was produced by Martin Scorsese
is great (he did The Bands Last Waltz, Gangs of New York
and Goodfellas) Many of the video clips of Dylan and
The Band on his 1966 European tour were from the
bootleg video EAT THIS DOCUMENT.
This is the classic tour with all of the Europeans
booing him and The Band, calling him a 'sellout'
and even 'JUDAS!" In which he responds "how could you!?"
Perhaps it was because i grew up in a time where heavy metal music flourished and rock music was almost scoffed and folk music was never even considered....perhaps it was the pathological anti-authoritarian in me that caused me fall into his music like the snake to the snake charmer. Though i deeply respected his earlier solo acoustic albums, (probably because i learned to play music on an acoustic guitar) it was his 65-75 albums that were the most powerful. Highway 61, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, Nashville Skyline (w/the late Johnny Cash), Blood On The Tracks and Desire to me was his best decade of musical directions and meanderings. The 1975 Rolling Thunder Review tour (represented on The Bootleg Series Vol. 5) was an extremely powerful tour with a kalidascope of acts such as Joan Baez, Rambling Jack Elliot, Mick Ronson (played with Bowie and The Stones) and a wonderful Scarlet Riviera on electric violin....even Beat poet Allen Ginsberg joined the circus (Allen was also in his old black and white video Subteranean Homesick Blues (to me this is the first RAP song, think about it!) No Direction Home is a wonderful piece of work spanning from his early pilgrimage from North Dakota to NYC searching out Woody Guthrie, to his first appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, to when he plugged in in 1965 to his tour with The Band in 1966 where shortly after his arrival back in the United States, he get into a bad motorcycle accident. It also contains footage from a previous document called Dont Look Back.
Ever since Bob Dylan turned The Beatles on to marijuana, the music world was never the same. Both Dylan and The Beatles were to change the face of music and bring about bold new beginnings to rock and roll. Weather or not you like Dylans love/hate vocals, one cannot deny the power of his songwriting and lyrics and he will still remain one the most covered musicians in society.
Old lady judges watch people in pairs, limited in sex, they dare to push fake morals, insult and stare, while money doesn't talk, it swears obscenity, who really cares propaganda, all is phony. While them that defend what they cannot see with a killer's pride, security It blows their minds most bitterly for them that think death's honesty won't fall upon them naturally life sometimes must get lonely.My eyes collide head-on with stuffed graveyardsFalse gods, I scuff at pettiness which plays so rough walk upside-down inside handcuffs kick my legs to crash it off say okay, I have had enough what else can you show me?And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine but it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only