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Some lies about where Dylan came from. ...

Some lies about where Dylan came from.

Building a myth: making deals with the "chief commander" and going to the crossroads.

Growing up in Hibbing, MN. Rehearsing for Newport in the school auditorium, with volume complaints and all.

Dinkytown, University of Minnesota, encounters with the Anthology and Woody Guthrie.

Driving East to pay respects to Woody; playing nightclubs in the Village; getting discovered by the NYT and Columbia Records, a first album.

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Origins: The "North Country," "New York Town," and the Folk Revival Origins: The "North Country," "New York Town," and the Folk Revival Presentation Transcript

  • ORIGINS:THE “NORTH COUNTRY,”“NEW YORK TOWN,” AND THEFOLK REVIVAL
  • HOMEWORK;ENROLLMENT
  • TALL TALES[Some lies to interviewers about his origins]
  • THE “CHIEF COMMANDER” [VIDEO: On 60 Minutes, Dylan describes his career as motivated by a “bargain” he made with “the, uh, chief commander,” in “this world as well as the world we can’t see.”]
  • THE “CROSSROADS” [VIDEO: In an interview, Bob Dylan recalls “goin’ down to the crossroads and makin’ that deal, you know, whoosh!”]
  • MINNESOTA,THE “NORTH COUNTRY”★ Duluth★ Hibbing★ Dinkytown
  • BOY FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY:ROBERTALLENZIMMERMAN
  • THE TALENT SHOW
  • DINKYTOWN, MN
  • THE ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC★ Dock Boggs, “Country Blues” - a taste of the old, weird America
  • WOODY GUTHRIE★ Bound For Glory★ The Dust Bowl★ “Song To Woody”
  • “NEW YORK TOWN” ★ Guthrie’s Text deathbed ★ Greenwich Village, 1961 ★ First album deal
  • GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLK SCENE★ Dave Van Ronk★ Joan Baez★ Robert Shelton
  • BOB DYLAN (1962)★ Two original songs: ★ “Talkin’ New York” ★ “Song to Woody”★ 11 covers
  • “FIXIN’ TO DIE” (lyrics by Bukka White)
  • I’m out here a thousand miles from my homeWalkin’ a road other men have gone downI’m seein’ your world of people and things “SONG TO WOODY”Your paupers and peasants and princes and kingsHey, hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song’Bout a funny ol’ world that’s a-comin’ alongSeems sick an’ it’s hungry, it’s tired an’ it’s tornIt looks like it’s a-dyin’ an’ it’s hardly been bornHey, Woody Guthrie, but I know that you knowAll the things that I’m a-sayin’ an’ a-many times moreI’m a-singin’ you the song, but I can’t sing enough’Cause there’s not many men that done the thingsthat you’ve doneHere’s to Cisco an’ Sonny an’ Leadbelly tooAn’ to all the good people that traveled with youHere’s to the hearts and the hands of the menThat come with the dust and are gone with the windI’m a-leavin’ tomorrow, but I could leave todaySomewhere down the road somedayThe very last thing that I’d want to doIs to say I’ve been hittin’ some hard travelin’ too
  • “YOU’RE INVISIBLE NOW, YOUGOT NO SECRETS TO CONCEAL” ★ The “Dylanologists” ★ Robert Shelton ★ B. J. Rolfzen and Hibbing High School
  • NEXT WEEK: Now that we know who he is, where he’s from... What is Bob Dylan doing at the March on Washington?