For over fifty-years a devouted band of Americans have been on a quest to understand the meaning of Bob Dylan and his highly influential body of music. For some a game, for many a passion, Dylanologists this week were thrilled with the news that a collection of over 6000 items, including working drafts of songs from all phases of his career, have found a permanent home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Other items include a notebook of early versions of songs for his 1975 album "Blood On the Tracks", a wallet containing Johnny Cash's phone number, and a telegram from Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper on the use of "It's Alright, Ma" in "Easy Rider".
Dylan's music has been subjected to scrutiny and interpretation since he first gained popularity in the early to mid 1960's. His songs were topical and relevant while the lyrics of most popular music formualically exploited the passions and purchasing power of young teens. Dylan was also one of the first popular songrwriters who employed imagery and allusion in his lyrics, almost demanding analysis by listeners. Furthermore, Dylan has steadfastly sidestepped questions about his songs throughout his career, creating an enigmatic persona which only fueled the search for greater meaning.
For more about the new Dylan collection, I recommend the New York Times article "Bob Dylan's Secret Archive".
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