Bob Dylan is 75 years old today. Last night the party began and today it continues at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Festivals and celebratory events all around the country (all around the world!). As ever, we draw your attention to the incomparable Expecting Rain (Dylan site) for further details and for all of the Bob news. Happy 75th, Bob!
[Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, Edson Cemetery Lowell, Mass. 1975, photo c.Ken Regan] … Read More
Allen continues with his survey of the English and Scottish ballad tradition
AG: There’s actually just a great mass of delightful material to cover with the ballads. And where we left off was with “the chanering worm doth chide”, I seem to remember, was that it? and Susan [sic] looked up the “channerin’ worm” in the Old English Dictionary (OED) and it was what? muttering? mumbling worm?
Student (SE): Muttering
AG: What else?
AG: Grumbling. Do you remember any more of the words? Muttering, grumbling..
Disc One1. Going To San Diego2. Vomit Express3. Jimmy Berman (Gay Lib Rag)4. Ny Youth Call Annunciation5. Cia Dope Calypso6. Put Down Yr Cigarette Rag7. Sickness Blues8. Broken Bone Blues9. Stay Away From The White House10. Hardon Blues11. Guru Blues
Disc Two1.Everybody Sing2. Gospel Noble Truths3. Bus Ride To Suva4. Prayer Blues5. Love Forgiven6. Father Death Blues7. Dope Fiend Blues8. Tyger9. You Are My Dildo10. Old Pond11. No Reason12. My Pretty Rose Tree13. Capitol Air
AG: So “The Wife of Usher’s Well” – another great classic among them. (It) has.. One thing you can see in this one, which is throughout all the ballads, but one thing I noticed is that.. well, the simplicity of the moral is exemplary clear, for one thing, whatever is being said, in this particular case, the moral point is right there, right up front, but the images, or the life depicted, is really elemental archetypal home-grown bare, so that you have, in this case – “a wealthy wife was she” and “She had three stout and stalwart sons,/ And … Read More
AG: Reed (Bye), I’m sorry?
Reed Bye [sitting in on the class] : This Oxford version [of “Sir Patrick Spens”] has quite a few more verses.
AG: It does?
RB There’s the whole sinking of the ship…
AG: Well, read it, then. Can you read this? You mean they left out verses here? – Yes – How many have they got?, they’ve got eleven
RB: Well, you have to read the whole thing, there’s actually twenty-two. There’s a verse number four, has a note, actually, from the King, saying “To Noroway, to Noroway/To Noroway o’er the faem/The King’s daughter … Read More