Monthly Archives: January 2009

Bishop Williamson, Pope Benedict and the un-excommunication

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 “Bishop Williamson, Pope Benedict and the un-excommunication” »

14th greatest song of all time to be used in a British TV commercial?

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.