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Dylan notes

Don’t ever suppose that Bob Dylan wrote or recorded inferior music in the era immediately after the famed mid-60s explosion. What Dylan wrote in the late 60s and early 70s was more country than rock, more Southern than Yankee, and...

“If I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free”

Are readers familiar with Darius Rucker’s current country hit “Wagon Wheel”? Lady Antebellum backs him up. Here’s the video: No points for guessing who wrote the tune originally....

I pay in blood, but not my own

Two-timing Slim / Who’s ever heard of him? / I’ll drag his corpse through the mud When you reflect that the corpse in all human history most infamously dragged through the mud is Hector, and that Bob Dylan here in...

King Bond Approximately

Below the fold is a bit of bosh by me. I read this story about Bob Dylan’s music being securitized in order to capture the royalties in a fixed-income chimera; I laughed and my mind just naturally drifted in idle...

Justin Townes Earle

If any reader is interested in hearing some good country-blues, he should get himself a copy of either Midnight at the Movies or Harlem River Blues, by Justin Townes Earle. Memorable albums, both of them; charming in sound and...

Review of Dylan in America

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,...

Fragment on Revolution

I have said (in what is probably an appropriation but I’ve forgotten the source) that a plutocracy is an aristocracy of wealth. It is a society where, martial valor having once been the source of rulership, wealth is now substituted...

Short notices

In the current issue of Houston Baptist University’s The City, your humble scribe contributes to a “Discourse on Bob Dylan & America,” along with several writers of renown including Frank Beckwith, formerly of What’s Wrong with the World. But if,...

Positively Wall Street

Francis Cianfrocca lays it out bluntly: 2009 was one of the very best years in history for the financial industry, with over $50 billion in profits for the top half-dozen firms alone. Forget for a moment about the fact that...

Bob Dylan wars

Andrew Ferguson of The Weekly Standard takes a run at Bob Dylan and his fans here, on the occasion of the singer’s recently-released Christmas album. He calls us fans, “the battered wives of the music industry,” and, in an even...

Ireland approves Lisbon Treaty

It appears Ireland has sold her sovereignty to the EU. The arrangement known as the Lisbon Treaty, despite its predecessor treaty having been rejected in 2007, met with the approval of Irish voters in a referendum today. Why has Ireland...

Bob Dylan Christmas album

Bob Dylan is releasing a Christmas album entitled Christmas in the Heart (Sean at RightWingBob has some brief but interesting comments on the title). All of the royalties, “in perpetuity,” from this disc will go to providing food for...

Dylan notes

Keith Pavlischek, writing at First Things, highlights a portion of an interview with Bob Dylan that you just gotta love: Flanagan: In [your new song] IF YOU EVER GO TO HOUSTON the character sends messages to three sisters in Dallas;...

Notes on the crisis.

I'm standin' in the shadows with an aching heart I'm lookin' at the world, tear itself apart — Bob Dylan, “Mississippi” Here Dylan has given us a brilliant summation of the condition of the simple citizen in the face of...

Review of Modern Times

Bob Dylan has just released a new album, but I’m behind the times, and have only recently completed my review of his previous album, Modern Times (2006). Two years late, but here it is. Flippantly, I might merely set down...

Our link to the Troubador.

It turns out, friends, that this here website — yes indeed none other than What’s Wrong with the World itself —, has a connection to Paul Butterfield of the eponymous band which backed Bob Dylan in the mid-1960s. ‘Tis true....

Just Like Tony Kennedy's Blues

On Tuesday, the buzz from the Supreme Court was Chief Justice John Roberts’ quotation of Bob Dylan in a dissenting opinion (page 36). On Wednesday, that amusing fact was instantly overshadowed by Justice Kennedy’s latest usurpation of legislative authority. I...

The irony of Bob Dylan.

Mr. J. H. Kunstler, of the Peak Oil theory fame, reviewed Bob Dylan’s first volume of memoirs some time ago. Dylan fans (of whom I doubt this website has in abundance) will find in it some insight and interest, though...

A mattress on a bottle of WHINE

Here’s the story, in brief: Bob Dylan appears in an ad campaign for Cadillac. A “multiplatform” campaign, they call this — TV, print, Internet, etc. In the first series, he utters a couple of terse, jocular remarks. The ads end....

Bleachers in the sun.

Sometimes the stubbornness of the Iraq war promoters, in the face of the perplexing troubles we face there, wanders into the category of absurd. We are urged fervently to support a war effort that has no strategy for victory. I...

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