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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bob Dylan wearin' t'fillin


An easy one!  Bob Dylan, born Robert Zimmerman.

OK, so Dylan converted to Christianity (or perhaps Messianic Judaism) about the time Ronald Reagan became President.  Interesting that many Jews feel his faith in Jesus Christ is a form of Judaism.  I can see that!

This article examines some of Dylan's life and lyrics from an Hebraic mindset: LINK

This article examines some pertinent aspects of Bob's Judaism: LINK 

The following books take a long, and sometimes fun, look at Dylan's Jewishness:

"Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity & Jewish Identity" (I'm not making up this title!) by David Kaufman (2012)

"Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet" by Seth Rogovoy (2009)

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And now, "Highway 61 Revisited" ("G-d said to Abraham, kill me a son"), live, 1984:
 
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Here's "With God on Our Side" performed live in 1966, but with lyrics censored [concerning the German people being forgiven after World War 2]:

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"With God on our Side" complete (audio only):
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And one of my favorites, "Subterranean Homesick Blues":

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