Saturday, December 29, 2007

JOKERMAN

To call Bob Dylan the greatest Christian poet of the 20th Century (and the 21st Century so far) is probably to damn him with faint praise. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Caroling with Bob Dylan

On the nice new collection of holiday songs organized by E Street Band member Garry Tallent, Texas rocker Joe Ely chooses one from Bob Dylan. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, December 24, 2007

BOB DYLAN- MODERN TIMES

At 65, Dylan has seen and done it all, musically, and definitely the last three albums are more reflective especially about his own mortality and on Modern Times, the music is less visceral and less melancholic with one eye firmly focused on God. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bob Dylan Podcast - Episode 10

“Gotta Serve Somebody” - In the late 1970’s, Bob Dylan changed again by declaring that he was a born-again Christian. Much of his music from this time reflects his new religious awakening. In this podcast, we’ll hear how Bob Dylan incorporated gospel and more explicit religious ideas into his music. CLICK HERE to hear

Thursday, December 13, 2007

my favorite Christian singer - Bob Dylan

I found this album after listening to 3rd Day's "Offerings" album which played "Saved".

I havent listened to the other songs yet - just bought Slow Train Coming, but feel compelled to review... The lyrics of Saved alone contain as much theology as the great hymns of old - every line is profound and taken from the Bible. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ron Rosenbaum: Calling All Dylan Fans

I know. there are Dylan fans and there are Dylan fanatics and there are “Dylanologists” and there are what I call “Bobolators”, like Shakespeare’s “Bardolators”, who believe he can do no wrong and that every song, every line, every moment in every movie is a gem.

Well I have a question for any or all of you. It grew out of a conversation I had with a genuinely knowledgeable and thoughtful Dylan enthusiast I met with last week. He was interviewing me about journalism in general not Dylan, but happened to mention that he had my Playboy interview with the Bobster on his iPod! CLICK HERE to read more

Opening the Gates of Eden: Bob Dylan and the Bible

I never read the Bible until I heard Bob Dylan. CLICK HERE to read more

The Sojourning Wayfarer: Gotta Serve Somebody

"Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. CLICK HERE to read more

All Three Alpha Band LP's in their entirety on two CD's

Springing in July of 1976 from Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, the Alpha Band appeared on the music scene with high expectations. The Alpha Band's sound, which drew from a grab-bag of American roots styles, as well as pop and rock, was centered around singer-songwriters J. Henry "T-Bone" Burnett and Steven Soles, and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, December 10, 2007

John Lennon?

Later in the year Bob Dylan recorded Slow Train Coming, a gospel album born out of personal experience. Dylan told Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times that he'd recently accepted that "Jesus was real … I had this feeling, this vision and feeling. I truly had a born-again experience, if you want to call it that. It's an over-used term. But it's something that people can relate to." Hilburn asked him what "born again" meant. "Born once," he answered, "is born from the spirit below, which is when you're born. It's the spirit you're born with. Born again is born with the Spirit from above, which is a little bit different." CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, December 7, 2007

John Lennon's Born-Again Phase

His private feelings about the conversion were expressed in his songwriting. He was particularly incensed by the track "Gotta Serve Somebody" because it opposed his view that there was no single truth. CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

COVER STORY: The Real Bob Dylan: What if his Christian phase wasn't a phase?

Bob Dylan’s lyrics have often included biblical allusions and obvious spiritual angles, but when he decided to place his faith in Christ in 1979, many of his fans and the music industry alike were shocked. Scott M. Marshall writes about the progression of Dylan’s faith following the timeline of his life. With at look interviews, career choices and songwriting themes, Marshall examines the question, "What if his Christian phase wasn't a phase? CLICK HERE to read more

Bob Dylan

Most people who know me know I am a huge Bob Dylan fan. Even though I am old enough to have been around during a big part of his career, I really became interested in the 90's while I lived in West Virginia. A guy in my church told me about Bob's Christian albums, and made me some tapes. I was hooked. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

These songs represent each and every descendant of humanity

Gotta Serve Somebody is a well-produced music documentary that showcases highly-skilled and creative artists in studio recording sessions. Individually, and inter-dependently, they attempt to reach personal pinnacles of expression in their interpretations of some well-chosen Dylan `gospel' songs. Opportunities to view musicians recording in a studio are rare; recording sessions produced with such attention to technical details of filming are even rarer and Gotta Serve Somebody may be in a class all its own. Some of the vocalists are well-known; others are probably known to followers of gospel music; their performances are strong and triumphant - even delicate and powerful, at the same time - as they react to the lyrics and the other musicians. Each and every musician, not only the vocalists, is emotionally invested in this music; their collaboration during recordings is a focus, in itself. The interviews with musicians are enlightening but the film is mostly about Bob Dylan's music. Dylan obviously chose gospel as the most easily identifiable and naturally adaptive style to express his words and sentiments in these songs. The music, lyrics excluded, is worthy of reflection to anyone who is interested in what constitutes `great artists' - their development through time and their exploration of nearly every possible genre as a means of personal expression. The lyrics reflect Dylan's personal longing for salvation and joy in the mystery of his own transformation, in contemporary Christian religious vernacular. For those who think that his gospel songs are best left to people with similar religious beliefs, adjust your attitudes. These songs represent each and every descendant of humanity who thinks, wonders, stumbles and falls, and seeks direction outside of what is only obvious and potentially disappointing. It isn't the target of salvation, but the act of seeking it that is, in itself, redemptive. CLICK HERE to read more

Bob Dylan: Still Christian after all these years? (1997)

THE CHRISTIAN community has not always been kind to high-profile musicians who have espoused Christian beliefs. A prime example is Bob Dylan: although he did some superb Christian albums and a phenomenal gospel tour, and continues to perform faith-affirming songs in concert, I've encountered church musicians who have told me Dylan has "left the Lord." Because of this assumption, they refuse to play his songs, thus depriving congregations of some of the best Christian lyrics ever written. CLICK HERE to read more

HARVARD CRIMSON The Gospel According to Bob Slow Train Coming Columbia Records (1979)

LIKING THIS ALBUM depends on whether or not you like Jesus Christ.

Liking it also depends on how much you are willing to take from Bob Dylan. For years loyal fans have followed Dylan through mediocre efforts like Planet Waves and political gaffs like Hurricane "Indict Me Twice" Carter. But few love Dylan enough not to question his new and curious turn to Christianity. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Every Grain of Sand A Perfect Finished Plan by Paul Thomas

I don't usually respond to other contributors' articles but John Stokes' well researched and scholarly essay Dylan and The Sick Rose (Dignity 3) on Dylan's Every Grain Of Sand prompted me to write on this song. From the beginning I could accept the research that John Stokes had put in and appreciate the connections he was making but I could not accept his assertion that Every Grain of Sand is not a religious song (in the sense of being biblically inspired or rooted in an orthodox religious tradition). CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It's alright, ma. I'm only preaching

The latest study of Bob Dylan's work could have Christian scholars singing in the aisles CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, November 17, 2007

"Please Pray For Bob Dylan" Asks His Former Pastor (1999)

ANAHEIM, CA (April 25, 1999) - Bob Dylan's former pastor, Kenn Gulliksen, has asked Christians around the world to pray for Bob Dylan. He also said that Dylan has never renounced his faith in Jesus Christ and that "God is not through with him yet." CLICK HERE to read more

You Gotta Serve Somebody

I like Bob Dylan. Sometimes, approximately 18% of the time, I actually understand what he is saying. In 1979, he said "You gotta serve somebody." He was right. The question is not whether we will serve. We all do, and we all will. The questions are 1) whom and/or what we will serve, and 2) whether we will serve as free people or as slaves. These are fundamental questions, and the Bible offers profound answers. CLICK HERE to read more

Gotta Serve Somebody Sermon preached by by Dave Skidmore, 26 Aug 2007

Some months back I heard that song -- I think it was background music on a Sopranos re-run -- and I had an immediate, indignant reaction. I thought, “What do you mean? I gotta serve somebody? I don’t have to serve nobody. I serve myself -- buddy.” Then I asked myself, “Why the pique?” CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Relationship Between 90&9 and.... Bob Dylan

Many posts the last few months have thrown around ideas as to what makes good music, how to musically get out of a stale box, how to play effectively, how to lyrically make something spiritually legitimate, etc. I would have never imagined finding a music project that, for me, congealed many of the above elements in the most unlikely of characters…Bob Dylan. CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Local Church Celebrates 'U2charist'

RALEIGH, N.C.--People gathered to take communion at the Church of the Good Shepherd. But Bishop Michael Curry says this is no ordinary Sunday service. CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Valdemar: Saving Grace - TBR 11/28

To be released November 28 by Zebra Art Records in Sweden, Norway and Finland is Saving Grace: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

America's Music: The Worship Rock Scene

NEW YORK TIMES VIDEO- The worship rock scene at High Desert Church in Victorville, Ca. CLICK HERE to watch

Suffering, Evil and the Existence of God

In Book 10 of Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” Adam asks the question so many of his descendants have asked: why should the lives of billions be blighted because of a sin he, not they, committed? (“Ah, why should all mankind / For one man’s fault… be condemned?”) He answers himself immediately: “But from me what can proceed, / But all corrupt, both Mind and Will depraved?” Adam’s Original Sin is like an inherited virus. Although those who are born with it are technically innocent of the crime – they did not eat of the forbidden tree – its effects rage in their blood and disorder their actions. CLICK HERE to read more

Plugging in to Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Mike Day, singer and guitarist, gathered his rock band around him. Dressed in a faded black T-shirt, jeans and skateboard sneakers, he bent his shaved head. “God,” he said, “I hope these songs we sing will be much more than the music. CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Dylan lyrics show religious themes

Steven Heine stops short of calling Bob Dylan a master of Zen Buddhism. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Bread, Wine and U2

Band's songs fuel Eucharist services. CLICK HERE to read more WHY NOT BOB DYLAN?

Jerry Wexler Talks Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming (1 of 3)

Legendary music producer talks about meeting Bob Dylan and how he came to produce Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming. CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube Video

Jerry Wexler Talks Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming (2 of 3)

Legendary music producer Jerry Wexler talks about being in the studio and the recording of Slow Train Coming with Bob Dylan. CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube Video

Jerry Wexler Talks Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming (3 of 3)

Legendary producer Jerry Wexler talks about producing Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming album and what it means to him. CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube Video

Simple Gifts, Complex Spirituality

The Jewish head of the Boston Camerata collaborates with an acclaimed Finnish choreographer to shine a light on Shaker worship. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Author Examines Link Between Dylan and Zen

In addition to being a folk music visionary, Bob Dylan may also be a modern-day Zen master, said Steven Heine in a lecture given as part of a new series presented by the USU religious studies program Friday. CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

GMC Airing of the documentary Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan.

Screens: TV the week of October 21
Rock and Soul Night (8 p.m. Sunday, Gospel Music Channel) -- Five hours showcasing the churchy roots of rock and soul music, including concerts by such artists as Calvin Cooke, Mike Farris and the Blind Boys of Alabama. To top it off there's an airing of the documentary Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan.

My Backstroke

Times change, and we are called as the church to reach the sheep of this fold, (generation) while ministering to all. The first step may be found with my old friend Bob Dylan: CLICK HERE to read more

Sam Cooke says, “a change is gonna come”

“A change is gonna come.” By itself, a great statement, and one that has gotten me through rough times along with faith, but in 1963 Sam Cooke gave these words so much meaning, not just for the civil rights movement but for anyone who would ever find themselves wanting to move forward for whatever reasons or needs. The song and it’s creation is tightly woven with that of two Bob Dylan songs. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, October 22, 2007

"...You Gotta Serve Somebody...but How?"

The point, of course, is that all of us seek to find meaning, seek to find a purpose for our lives by giving ourselves to some cause or some power or some institution that�s bigger than ourselves, through which we find some kind of purpose and some kind of way to give and to make a contribution. CLICK HERE to read more

Devotional Dylan?

Dylan hints, alludes, and perplexes us with his spirituality and lyricism. CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Right Wing Bob: Q & A with Robert Spencer

SPENCER: When I went to college in 1979, I had only heard the Bob songs that made it to the radio now and again — Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Like A Rolling Stone, etc. But I was aware of Dylan, as he was still a major pop culture figure — everyone in my dorm had a copy of Street Legal, and many had the Budokan live album also. But when Slow Train Coming came out, all his fans were knocked back. CLICK HERE to read more

The Rise of Mailerism

Norman Mailer’s God, not surprisingly, is a great artist, who created mankind and all the plants and other animals, and could reincarnate them according to his whim. But he was not all-powerful. Because there was the Devil—and the Devil had technology. And lately, the Devil seems to be winning… CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dylan Devotional: The sun keeps shinin’

It was a beautiful drive into the office this morning. I was rockin’ to Dylan and holding a cup of coffee in a styrofoam cup. I was listening to “Thunder on the Mountain” CLICK HERE to read more

An essay, "Is Dylan Still?" by Bill Parr (from 2000)

Some thoughts on questions about Dylan, regarding whether "He is still a Christian": Is he still a Christian?

Lots of folks would argue against. Some would agree that he is. My sense is that, for many, their answer reveals more about their preconceptions and biases than about Dylan.

My answer, based on the lyrics of his songs over the last roughly 20 years (since the end of the 1979 - 1981 period), as well as his comments during concerts, and his song choice, is: CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Bob Dylan Reaffirms His Place in the Tribe

Sorry, Christians: It’s looking less and less likely that Bob Dylan is going to... CLICK HERE to read more

FAVORITE SONGS: Bob Dylan, Gotta Serve Somebody (1979)

The “Poet of This Generation” caused quite a stir in the late 70s when he announced he had become a born-again Christian. CLICK HERE to read more

Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind

‘Goodness me!’ is the gold bar in the currency of superlatives that my students use and it aptly describes Bob Dylan's first album of new songs... CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, October 1, 2007

Michelle Shocked 'went for the singing, and stayed for the song'

“Probably the only real template we have for people like myself in terms of their career – getting saved – is the path that Bob Dylan laid out. And if he was Judas for going electric…” Dylan’s audience grew significantly when he challenged the status quo and plugged in. It took a declaration of Christian faith to finally loose his exalted standing. “The same people that embraced him for his creativity and his willingness to evolve [dropped him].” CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Singer/Songwriter Bob Dylan Joins Yom Kippur Services in Atlanta

Recording legend Bob Dylan joined Chabad-Lubavitch of Georgia for Yom Kippur services over the weekend. CLICK HERE to read more

September 23, 2007 Sermon, a Call to Serve

Intro: Bob Dylan lyrics, you can’t escape those lyrics, they call at you, they call you, and what’s Bob’s conclusion: you gotta serve somebody. God or something else. Scripture seems to have this way of pinning us down, holding up a mirror that we cannot escape, it convicts, it doesn’t leave room to wriggle out! CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Gospel According to Bob Dylan

As you might have noticed, if you are regular readers, that I've been posting the gospel songs written by Bob Dylan and performed in a concert in 1980. Of all the songs Dylan ever wrote, these are my very favorites. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

THE BRUCE HEIMAN INTERVIEW, TUSCON, DECEMBER 7, 1979

OK, my name is Bruce Heiman. I'm with KMEX radio here in Tuscon. We got a press release from the Tuscon chapter of the American Atheists and they said in response to your recent embrace of the born-again Christian movement they plan to leaflet your upcoming concert. CLICK HERE to read more

Bob Dylan: Troubadour with a message

Bob Dylan’s songs were written over four decades filled with intense cultural change. By speaking to the deeper issues, he addressed the primary concerns of the day without producing lyrics that become dated. “Like a Rolling Stone,” for example, punctures the idolatrous pretensions of cultural “success” today as effectively as it did in 1965. CLICK HERE to read more

Podcast: Advent Sunday with Bob Dylan

In celebration of Advent Sunday, I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan’s extraordinary gospel song, When he Returns (1979) : Click Here to read more

Gotta Serve Somebody cover in church last Sunday

Bob's "Gotta Serve Somebody" was covered last Sunday at a large church
in Duluth, GA a few miles from the location that Bob will play on
September 22nd. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Friday, August 31, 2007

Jamaican church defends reggae hymns

The Anglican church in Jamaica has been defending its plans to include lyrics from renowned singers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh in its hymnal. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Monday, June 25, 2007

O'Connor Returns With Songs of Faith

Sinead O'Connor is not your typical Christian music diva. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, June 22, 2007

John Lennon's Born-Again Phase

Dylan's transformation took John completely by surprise. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, June 15, 2007

Slow Train Coming is my favourite album of all time

Sinead O'Connor marks the release of her ninth album, Theology, with a retrospective account of the music that has influenced and impressed her over her life. CLICK HERE to read more

"Gonna Change My Way of Thinking": Bob Dylan on the Bible, Sin & Virtue

This course proposes to look at how Dylan used Biblical references in his lyrics as an artist, his vision of sin, and his understanding of virtue. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Pope and the Pop Star

On Saturday, September 27, 1997, during the Twenty-third Eucharistic Congress and as part of pope John Paul II’s pastoral visit to Bologna, there took place an outdoor event attended by some 300,000 people, featuring musical performances by Bob Dylan... CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, May 7, 2007

'Gotta' Serve Somebody' music documentary makes Dylan Days debut, joins new spiritual breakfast event - (Dylan Days)

HIBBING, Minn. – The documentary “Gotta’ Serve Somebody: the Gospel Music of Bob Dylan” will make its Midwestern premiere at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 at the Hibbing Community College Theatre. There will be an encore performance at 5 p.m on Friday, May 25. CLICK HERE to read more

Mass with Dylan gospel

Swedish: Saving Grace - Dylanmässa Mass with Dylan gospel at 1103 CEST - Click "Gudtstjänst" - (Sveriges Radio) from Monika Klingspor

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bob Dylan’s Gospel Music

If you aren’ta fan of Dylan’s nasal singing, I suggest that you check out Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan. My favorite track from that album is currently Aaron Neville singing Saving Grace... CLICK HERE to read more

Class studies spiritual Dylan

Gonna change my way of thinking
Make myself a different set of rules
CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, April 23, 2007

Where Is God?

There's a dyin' voice within me reaching out somewhere
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair
Don't have the inclination to look back on any mistake
Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break
In the fury of the moment I can see the Master's hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand.

- Bob Dylan, Every Grain of Sand 1981 CLICK HERE to read more

Rolling Stone’s State of the Union

God bless Jann Wenner — who did not recognize the word agape when Bono used it in a Q&A in 2005 — for trying so hard to coax Bob Dylan out of his fiercely guarded privacy on spiritual matters. [I am including links where possible, and these pages include embedded MP3s of the interviews’ best moments. Rolling Stone assures its readers that more are on the way.] CLICK HERE and scroll down to read more

Monday, April 16, 2007

Stop Doubting and Believe

Bob Dylan sings I Am The Man, Thomas in 2002. CLICK HERE to read more and listen

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Tangled Up in Bob

A LITTLE PR ADVICE FROM ONE CATHOLIC TO ANOTHER. CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Multilingual Seder Bridges Gaps

The seder is not only about the traditional text. It's also about how to liberate ourselves from modern slavery, as we are all slaves of one thing or another," Cohen said, adding the Bob Dylan line, "You have to serve somebody." CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Don’t think twice, He's Alright: Benedict on Bob Dylan

"Judas!" the voice cried out from somewhere in the darkened seating area of Free Trade Hall in Manchester. It was 17 May, 1966, and on stage, Bob Dylan was coming to the end of another concert on a turbulent tour. CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Why Pope tried to stop Dylan knockin’ on heaven’s door

Bob Dylan and the Pope were an unlikely double act for a rendition of the 1970s anthem Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.

But even the crowd of pop fans who were brought to their knees by the appearance of Pope John Paul II alongside Dylan could scarcely have imagined the rift that it caused. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

"For the love of God, you ought to take pity on yourself"

"For the love of God, you ought to take pity on yourself" [sang Bob Dylan]..As such, it's a strange argument on the ears. Firstly, "self-pity" is more commonly put on the vice side of the ledger, rather than in the virtue column. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, March 5, 2007

Bob Dylan Sings for San Francisco January 1, 1980

Perhaps you've never cared for Bob Dylan's music but he does seem to be saying something new through his latest album. Recently, he held a series of concerts here, and we thought that he might be trying to say something about Christ. CLICK HERE to read more

Bob Dylan: American Adam (Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly) by David E. Anderson

"Folk songs are evasive -- the truth about life, and life is more or less a lie, but then again that's exactly the way we want it to be."
-- Bob Dylan, CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE

How many personas does Bob Dylan have? CLICK HERE to read more

Gotta Serve Somebody, Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan

I stumbled across this video on YouTube. It’s from the DVD documentary called “Gotta Serve Somebody“, an in depth film on the gospel songs written by Bob Dylan. CLICK HERE to read more

Highway 61 Revisited: Dylan’s

Symposium dates: Saturday, March 24–Tuesday,
March 27, 2007

Gotta Serve Somebody: Dylan’s Religious Identities 3/27 1:30 PM


+ “Einstein Disguised as Robin Hood”: The Enigmatic Jewishness of Bob Dylan, David E. Kaufman , Department of American Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College
+ Dylan as Avatar, Darcey Steinke , Novelist,
+ Bargainin’ for Salvation: Bob Dylan, A Zen Master, Steven Heine, Institute for Asian Studies, Florida International University
+ The Category of “Religion” in the Critical Reception of Bob Dylan’s Music, Mark Hulsether , Departments of Religious Studies and American Studies, University of Tennessee

New Jesus Ideas Are Dead in the Tomb

The sensationalistic publicity would have you believe that there is a good chance that the bones of Jesus and his family were found. As somebody is supposed to have once remarked, if Jesus' family were alive today, they'd be turning over in their graves. CLICK HERE to read more

Was Dylan Among the Most Succesful Popularizers of Jewish Philosophy? by Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

The world of Bob Dylan's songs bring to life a dynamic array of characters, themes, and melodies. But the one constant throughout Bob Dylan's career, is G-d. CLICK HERE to read more

"Gonna Change My Way of Thinking": Bob Dylan on the Bible, Sin & Virtue

Memphis Theological Seminary course proposes to look at how Dylan used Biblical references in his lyrics as an artist, his vision of sin, and his understanding of virtue. Special consideration will be given to his "Christian albums" for their soteriological content. CLICK HERE to read more

"Why Bob Dylan?"

People from time to time ask me (including Bishop Lee, who asked me this question over dinner one time), "Why Bob Dylan?" CLICK HERE to read more

Dylan’s Gospel

Heresy, blasphemy, etc.—I just never liked Bob Dylan. CLICK HERE to read more

When Dylan Leads Worship

Lately I’ve been listening to alot of the music that Bob Dylan wrote immediately following his conversion to Christianity in the late-1970’s. CLICK HERE to read more

BOB DYLAN & HIS SONGS OF DOOM

I thought of Dylan immediately when I read this in the latest edition of that most interesting weekly newsletter World Wide Words: CLICK MORE to read here

A Jewish Angle to Bob Dylan

My favorite memory of my father was created at my sister's Bat Mitzvah. At the Friday-night dinner before the Saturday service, his intentions unbeknownst to anyone, my father rose and announced that although he was very proud of my sister and pleased to see us all there celebrating, he didn't want to make a speech. He wanted to sing a song instead — CLICK HERE to read more

Why Bob Dylan Probably Wouldn’t Attend a Messianic Congregation

First, a word about FFOZ (First Fruits of Zion). This is a Hebrew roots organization whose vision differs somewhat from the UMJC (what I see as normative Messianic Judiasm, umjc.net). CLICK HERE to read more

Bob Dylan: A Messianic Jew

The background (or “wallpaper”) on my computer’s desktop screen is a blurry picture of a man in desperate need of a haircut, wearing tefillin. CLICK HERE to read more

Weekend YouTube

Despite my atheism, one of my favourite CDs is Gotta serve somebody: The gospel songs of Bob Dylan. CLICK HERE to read Jason Soon's blog post

Dylan Devotional: The sun keeps shinin’

It was a beautiful drive into the office this morning. I was rockin’ to Dylan and holding a cup of coffee in a styrofoam cup. CLICK here to read Derek Vreeland's Blog post


“The highest form of song is prayer.”
-Bob Dylan

STOCKHOLM 04.05.2002


Just a few days after performing at the 2002 Grammy's, Bob Dylan recorded a new re-write of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" for "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" with longtime friend Mavis Staples. One month later he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in 20 years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003.



Sinead O'Connor - Property Of Jesus