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."

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


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