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Friday, January 30, 2009

Pepsi commercial with Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am ...1:53 pm


It’s on YouTube here: (… continue reading …)


Bishop Williamson, Pope Benedict and the un-excommunication ...10:10 am


Received this e-mail from reader Martin in Switzerland:


Knowing of your righteous opposition to all forms of anti-Semitism, I am surprised that you have not mentioned this: [“Dismay as Pope welcomes back Holocaust bishop Richard Williamson”]

Of course, this has nothing to do with Dylan especially (… continue reading …)


Thursday, January 29, 2009

More on Bob and Hank ...10:07 am


Just to comment on that last post, i.e. the story by Bob Wilson: I’d be pretty confident that Dylan would have preserved those Hank Williams-related items. Hank Williams is one (… continue reading …)


Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, and an application for a job ...9:41 am


Thanks very much to reader Bob Wilson for sharing his wonderfully written account — below — of an encounter he had with Bob Dylan, and the intriguing background to it. (… continue reading …)


Every grain ...9:15 am


Thanks to Don for forwarding this YouTube clip of Bob Dylan performing Every Grain of Sand, live Rome in 2003. It is an exceptionally nice vocal performance. Bob sticks with it despite (… continue reading …)


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The day of darkness: February 17th ...9:06 pm


The battle over the changeover date from analog to digital television broadcasts in the U.S. is a crystal clear example of the casual way in which some in government are willing to do the most absurd and wasteful (… continue reading …)


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

14th greatest song of all time to be used in a British TV commercial? ...9:48 pm


That’s the gist of the story from Sky News.

In a decision that may surprise fans, Dylan has agreed the Co-operative Group can use Blowin’ In The Wind in a TV campaign.

A favourite of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam movements, the philosophical lyrics make for the 14th greatest song of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine.


The singer was swayed by the group’s ethical approach to business, according to a spokesman for his record company, Colombia.

The Co-op, who run a string of supermarkets as well as banking, funeral and travel services, operate according to environmental impact, fair trade and social responsibility guidelines.

Although this is the first time a Dylan song has featured in a UK ad, the musician has allowed his music to be used in commercials in the past.

The Bank of Montreal, Cadillac and Apple have all used Dylan tracks, and in 2004 the reclusive singer shocked fans by appearing in an advert for US lingerie firm Victoria’s Secret.

I suppose it was also the “ethical approach to business” of General Motors and Victoria’s Secret that led Dylan to do commercials for them.

I would guess that there’s less to all of this than meets the eye.

Maybe, if the commercial works for them, the Co-operative Group will be able to afford to use the 13th greatest song of all time in their next ad.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Odds and ends (lost time is not found again) ...5:46 pm


Thanks to Jay who e-mails the notification that today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet whom Bob Dylan has recently credited as being such an inspiration to him. And the link to his poem/song, My Heart’s In The Highlands: (… continue reading …)


Saving Grace, again ...4:24 pm


I am lazily revisiting another old post this Sunday. It’s from a little over a year ago, and is on Bob Dylan’s song Saving Grace: (… continue reading …)


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Our new president and his first week: an impressionistic miscellany ...6:15 pm


Dear George: Did we really give you such a hard time about overthrowing that dictator in Iraq? All is forgiven; please come back. The Vatican reacts to the issue addressed previously in this space here and here: (… continue reading …)


Following up on Chabad ...11:50 am


The Chabad-Lubavitchers, as conspicuous human symbols of the Jewish people worldwide, continue to find themselves targeted in the wake of the attack and massacre by jihadists at their center in Mumbai, India. (… continue reading …)


Friday, January 23, 2009

President Obama okays overseas abortion funding ...6:40 pm


Well, so much for the last post. President Obama has chosen not to take my advice. What are the odds that I’ll hear myself saying that a lot over the next four years? (… continue reading …)


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