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 Post subject: John Wesley Harding
PostPosted: Wed December 7th, 2005, 05:11 GMT 

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What was this album based on? I know it wasn't based on the actual person but did Bob make up these stories on his own or did he incorporate other sources into it. When he was in the hospital I know Allen Ginsberg brought him books to read. Do you think Bob used those books to make that album?


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
PostPosted: Thu December 27th, 2012, 15:13 GMT 
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probably, and then some


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
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3 parts Bible, 1 part Kafka, and a whole heap of 1966 weariness and regret. That's what I hear anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
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According to Ginsberg, William Blake's poetry, including Songs of Innocence and Experience, was high on Dylan's reading list at the time, as well as the King James Bible. Those two texts, as well as Dylan's knowledge of American folksong, are the essential keys to the album.


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
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I thought the key was Frank


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
PostPosted: Thu December 27th, 2012, 20:00 GMT 

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Tedham wrote:
I thought the key was Frank


A superb reply!!! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
PostPosted: Thu December 27th, 2012, 20:29 GMT 
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I always thought the little neighbor boy was the key.


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
PostPosted: Fri December 28th, 2012, 02:06 GMT 
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harmonica albert wrote:
According to Ginsberg, William Blake's poetry, including Songs of Innocence and Experience, was high on Dylan's reading list at the time, as well as the King James Bible. Those two texts, as well as Dylan's knowledge of American folksong, are the essential keys to the album.


Good to know. Must read that William Blake title some time.


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
PostPosted: Fri December 28th, 2012, 15:44 GMT 
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You haven't read it? Incredible.


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
PostPosted: Fri December 28th, 2012, 17:17 GMT 

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I'm shocked . . . shocked!


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 Post subject: Re: John Wesley Harding
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brilliant art as well

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