Sunday, June 7, 2009

America's folkie guru has always been a spiritualist

American music's most eccentric hero turns out to be an enduring spiritual realist for unreal times.

From the start, Bob Dylan has been called a troubadour trickster, gypsy prophet, folkie guru, "voice of his generation" (he hated that one). He wrote about war, heartbreak, life's answers blowing in the wind. He warned that "he not busy being born is busy dying." Thirty years ago this summer, he confounded everyone again, releasing a born-again Christian record. People have puzzled over Dylan's religion ever since. CLICK HERE to read more
“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.

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