Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Looking Back At Dylan

Bob Dylan’s “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” was on his “Blonde On Blonde” double album (1966). This video preserves the original vocals while adding a funky horn section laid down by The Dap Kings. Dylanologists will recognize hallmarks from his career: walking through Greenwich Village with former girlfriend Suze Rotolo (author of "A Freewheelin' Time"), seen on the cover of “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan" album (1963); the replacement of his scruffy image for the Carnaby Street mod look, which coincided with “Blonde On Blonde” and more personal, surreal lyrics; the uproar when Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, 1965; the "big brass bed" from the song "Lay Lady Lay"; the signs containing the lyrics of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (1965) from the opening scene of “Don’t Look Back” (1967), directed by D.A. Pennebaker; Dylan's motorcycle accident (1966), which forced him to stop touring and brought about a more subdued musical sound; and the current country-western image with the Dylan character looking toward the Manhattan Bridge as fireworks explode over the East River.

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