Another side of Bob and more!
You know you can make a name for yourself,
You can hear them tires squeal,
You can be known as the most beautiful woman
Who ever crawled across cut glass to make a deal.
Who am I and what is this site about?
Short answer: My
name is Sean Curnyn and I maintain this website in
order to challenge persistent fallacies regarding the
Left's ownership of Bob Dylan and his work, in
addition to making more general commentary on Dylan's
work, and also making commentary at whim on events in
the world at large. See below for my more wordy
No, I am not Bob Dylan.
Neither do I speak for Bob Dylan, or represent him in
any way, shape or capacity. The references to Dylan
on this site, and to his songs, writings and
statements, are by way of an attempt to broaden and
vary the context in which these words are heard.
Hopefully the critical analyses on this site give
pause to some and succor to others, and go some way
towards demonstrating the degree to which Bob Dylan's
work transcends time, place and the politics of any
I also seek to redress the balance
a little bit. Leftists have had it too much to
themselves in co-opting this great American
songwriter's work for their purposes. Through all the
occasions on which Bob has riled and offended them
(e.g. when he asserted his artistic independence in 1964; when he declined to write songs
about Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam
protest era; and worst of
all when he sang directly about his
love of God), the leftists
have always let some time pass, and then posited that
Dylan had just gone through a phase of some kind but
essentially still belonged to them. Well, I'd suggest
that he doesn't belong to anybody on this earth - and
that his work belongs to all of us.
All political opinions expressed are my own. I do
not attempt to maintain that Bob Dylan shares my
views on anything. One of the many reasons I admire
Bob Dylan is that he has resisted the temptations and
entreaties that have surely swamped him through the
years, to throw his weight into a partisan political
context. At a gig in Tempe AZ in 1979, he has been quoted as saying from the
stage: "I don't think I've ever said anything
that's been a lie. Never told you to vote for nobody.
Never told you to follow nobody." Correct (if
not grammatical), and considerable credit is due to
him for that fact.*
I have been listening closely to Bob Dylan's music
since I was 16 years old ... and I'm older than that
now. His songs seemed intensely relevant then, and
have continued to seem so, through a misspent youth
that included my working for Greenpeace, and voting for Jesse Jackson in 1988. The prism
of the passing years has only sharpened the light
that emanates from Dylan's astounding body of work.
My own politics began to change for the better when I
purchased, as a joke, a bargain-bin copy of a book
called The Tempting of America written by Robert
Bork. The arguments which I read, in expectancy of
laughing at them, turned out to be persuasive, and I
found myself instead questioning the critics
who had previously formed my opinion of Judge Bork,
and who had ruthlessly skewered him in Senate
hearings on his nomination to the Supreme Court, with
allegations they had to know were disingenuous. I
moved on to question the other ways in which I had
been misled, and I have found it to be a never-ending
process. While I like to think that my outlook was
destined to mature in any case, I will always be
grateful to that other Bob.
My advice to anyone is to listen to Bob Dylan's
songs with an open mind. Be entertained and moved and
And never let anyone convince you that Dylan's art
promotes an ideology that you cannot abide.
* Actually it's correct whether you interpret it
straightforwardly or even accept the double negative. He has
genuinely never told anyone to "vote for nobody,"
i.e. not to vote at all. (This is why Bob is a genius.)
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