Plader af Bob Dylan
Plader af Bob Dylan
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Bob Dylan blev født den 24. maj 1941 i Duluth, Minnesota, USA, som Robert Allen Zimmerman. Som sangskriver fik han uvurdelig betydning for 1960’erne og kampen for borgerrettigheder. Nobelprisen i litteratur 2016.

Bob Dylan – Nobel Lecture. Recorded 4 June, 2017. Los Angeles, CA. (27:07 min.; online at
Academy secretary Danius commented: “The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent. Now that the lecture has been delivered, the Dylan adventure is coming to a close.” In his essay, Dylan writes about the impact that three important books made on him … He concludes: “Our songs are alive in the land of the living. But songs are unlike literature. They’re meant to be sung, not read. The words in Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be acted on the stage … I return once again to Homer, who says, ‘Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story’.” Alan Pasqua provided the uncredited piano accompaniment for the recorded speech. (Source:


Blowing In The Wind (Live On TV, March 1963)

Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind Lyrics


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Artikler på dansk (og norsk):

Bob Dylan har brugt Bibelen som kilde helt fra starten. Af Anne Lise Stranden (, 3. juli 2019). “Den amerikanske sanger og sangskrivers karismatisk-kristne periode har overrasket mange. Men poeten har ladet sig inspirere af kristendommen igennem hele sin karriere; selv i sine protestsange, ifølge norsk professor.”

Bob Dylans radikale politik. Af Frederik B. Ohsten (Socialisten, 11. december 2016). “Da Bob Dylan fik Nobelprisen i litteratur, gik prisen til et livsværk, der er dybt forankret i både den amerikanske tradition for folkemusik og kampen for social retfærdighed.”

En nobelpris som splitter. Av Mari Brenna Vollan, Morten S. Smedsrud og Jonas Brække (, 14. oktober 2016). “Bob Dylan tildeles Nobels litteraturpris for å ha utvidet den store amerikanske sangtradisjonen.”

Bob Dylan som bibellæser og fortolker. Af Jakob Brønnum (Kristeligt Dagblad,12. december 2014). Forfatteren til bogen ”Sange ved himlens port – Bob Dylans bibelske inspirationskilder” har pløjet bibelreferencer frem i Dylans albums.

Gid jeg var på en australsk bjergfarm... Af Elizabeth Japsen (, Blog, 23. maj 2011). “For mig, der voksede op med Dylan fra barnsben var han det største der fandtes.”

Bob-Way Revisited på Statens MK. Af Mikkeline Gudmand-Høyer (Modkraft, 20. september 2010). Anmeldelse af Bob Dylan som billedkunstner, på baggrund af udstilling på Statens Museum for Kunst.

Bob Dylan – den politiske radikalismes supernova! Af Asta Land Olesen (Socialistisk Arbejderavis, nr. 239, marts 2005). Om Mike Marqusee’s Chimes of Freedom (2003).

Sites in English: [Officlal site] Incl.: News, Tour, Albums, Songs, Media (photos & videos!), Fine ArtFeatures – Bob Dylan: Official site = BobDylanTV – Channel

Expecting Rain: Bob Dylan News

Incl. tour dates, Who’s Who (lists information about people relevant to Bob Dylan’s work), exhibtion, atlas (lists information about places mentioned in Dylan song)

The Bob Dylan Archive: 6,000 items illuminating nearly 60 years of writings, recordings, memorabilia, film and more (Housed at The University of Tulsa’s Helmerich Center for American Research)

Bob Dylan at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, introduced by Pete Seeger:

Mr. Tambourine Man (YouTube, 5:55 min.). Lyrics (The Official Dylan Site).

Bob Dylan goes electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival:

Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival Maggie’s Farm (YouTube, 5:09 min.). Lyrics (The Official Dylan Site)

See also:

25 July 1965: Dylan goes electric at the …

Electric Dylan controversy (

Bob Dylan – Live at the Newport Folk Festival. (Videoclips from “The Other Side of the Mirror, Live at the Newport Folk Festival”)

YouTube video, 2:18 min. (“Allen Ginsberg makes a cameo appearance during this episod”)

Subterranean homesick Blues (song & video) (

Articles in English:

Rolling Thunder review: a Bob Dylan story by Martin Scorsese. By Martin Hall (Counterfire, June 14, 2019). “Scorsese’s new documentary shows Dylan grasping at the truth of an America that was figuring out what it wanted to be.”

Does Bob Dylan deserve to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature? By David Walsh (World Socialist Web Site, 21 October 2016). “In reality the prize is handed out by affluent 60- and 70-year-olds who, like Dylan himself, have been thoroughly integrated into the establishment … for decades.”

Saint Bob’s bauble. By Harley Filben (Weekly Worker, Issue 1127, 20 October 2016). “Dylan’s Nobel prize has little to do with him, and more to do with the flagging artistic establishment.”

Dylan as Poet. By Bill Crane (Red Wedge, October 17, 2016). “Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature … I think this is a fortunate choice.”

No, Bob Dylan isn’t the first lyricist to win the Nobel. By Alex Lubet (The Conservation, October 14, 2016). “… remembering that he’s not the first can only pave the way for more musicians to win in years to come.”

Dylan, the American Left, and what we have lost. By Juan Cole (Informed Comment), October 14, 2016). “The mass media won’t tell you Dylan was in his youth a leftist …” Incl. video “The Answeer i Blowing ind the Wind” (Peter, Paul & Mary).

The legendary Bob Dylan turns 70: Democracy Now! airs rare interviews and songs from Pacifica Radio Archive (Democracy Now, May 24, 2011) + video (59:05 min.).

Section: Bob Dylan. By Humphrey McQueen (Blog: Servethepeople: Marxism-Leninism, blues music, Bob Dylan and more)

He’s like a rolling stone (, June 1, 2011). “Eamonn McCann celebrates the ever-shifting life and music of Bob Dylan, at age 70.”

Bob Dylan and the Communist Party. By Frank Riley (Socialism Today, Issue 144, Dec-Jan 2010). “The role of the ‘Communist’ Party (CP) – in the US and, later, Britain – in, first, building him up, and then trying to knock him down, has not been explained adequately.”

Did Bob Dylan sell out? A talk by Mike Short at the AWL London Forum on 8 December, 2005 (AWL discussion meetings) (Workers’ Liberty, 2007). “Unless you live in the world of pigeon-holes and mass over-simplifications, then the answer has to be no.”

Stalinism, the folk revival and Bob Dylan. By Matt Cooper (Solidarity, 3/94, 1 June 2006). “In the early 1960s, when Dylan came on the folk scene in Greenwich Village, he consciously modelled himself on Woody Guthrie – sang his songs, mimicked his clothes and his political engagement.”

Chimes of Freedom: The politics of Bob Dylan’s art. By Stefan Schindler (Socialism & Democracy, Issue 35, January-February 2004). Review of Mike Marqusee, Chimes of Freedom: The Politics of Bob Dylan’s Art (New Press, 2003, 282 p.).

The politics of Bob Dylan. By Mike Marqusee (Red Pepper, November 2003). “The protest songs for which Bob Dylan is most famous were written in a 20-month burst in the early 1960s. Within a year Dylan had turned his back on them – not in renunciation of politics, but to pursue a deeper kind of radicalism.”

Dylan’s rightful place. By Mike Marqusee (, 9 September 2007; online at Internet Archive). “But Dylan is – or should be – in the curriculum on merit. Whether or not his lyrics work as poetry, in the narrower sense of the term, on the printed page (an old and arid discussion), he remains a great writer.”

Bob Dylan The Times They Are A Changin’ 1964 (Youtube, 2:37 min.)

Lyrics: – Songs

Litteratur på dansk:

Bob Dylan: Krøniker. Bind 1 (Gyldendal, 2005, 281 sider). Første bind af Bob Dylans selvbiografi. Anmeldelse af Pat Stack: Dylan’s back pages (International Socialism, Issue 105, Winter 2005)

Bob Dylan: En guide til hans plader. 3. udgave. Af Christian Braad Thomsen og Asger Schnack (Tiderne Skifter, 2008, 400 sider). Se anmeldelse af Bjarne Nielsen: En guide til Bob Dylan (Arbejderen, 6. januar 2009)

Dylan: Myten, mennesket, musikeren. Af John Christensen (Forlaget Emil, 2009, 240 sider). Se anmeldelse af Bjarne Nielsen: Bob Dylan for alle (Arbejderen, 26. september 2009)

Dylan på dansk. Femogtres sange af Bob Dylan. Oversat af Jep Loft. (Books On Demand, 195 sider. Bemærkninger og noer, side 173-).


Bob Dylan ved rødderne / Bob Dylan at the roots

Performing Woody Guthrie’s song, Do Re Mi, at the Malibu Performing Arts Center in January 2009, YouTube, 3:20 min.

Text: “Do Re Mi” lyrics (Woody Guthrie)

Bob Dylans beundring for den sociale folkesanger Woody Guthrie var medvirkende til at han flyttede fra Minnesota til New York.
I forbindelse med Howard Zinn-projektet “The Peoples History” sang Dylan Woody Guthries “Do Re Mi”.


Se også / See also (Socialistisk Bibliotek):

“This Mashine kills Fascism” – Woody Guthrie 100 år

Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

Howard Zinn (1922-2010). Incl. “The Peoples History” project.



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