3 thoughts on “The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #202: Highway 61 Revisited

  1. Just listened to the Highway 61 podcast and enjoyed it.  I’ve no idea what you guys think of Christopher Ricks as a poetry professor/writer but he has written a 500 page book about Dylan titled “Dylan’s Visio of Sin.”  Here’s a link to Rick’s response to Dylan winning the Nobel: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/bob-dylan-is-a-genius–but-reducing-his-songs-to-literature-is-d/.  Ricks is also the editor of the latest edition of Dylan’s collected lyrics.  I love the shows on the Network and I always learn so much; but I think you missed the boat on this one.

    Michael Gore
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  2. My suggestion is to give Blood on the Tracks a listen. It’s one of his most straightforward, personal, and relatable albums.

  3. Some put Blood on the Tracks ahead of Highway 61 (I do, though it’s close). Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is also a good option from early in his career and very well-balanced between personal songs, protest material, and silly stuff. John Wesley Harding has lots of interesting Biblical/literary references and is fairly down-to-earth. 

    Anyway, all that is to say is that even if you don’t like crazy 60s electric Dylan, don’t write him off just yet – he has so many different periods and personas to choose from!

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