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PostPosted: Mon November 17th, 2014, 21:48 GMT 
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One of the funnest most light hearted songs in the Dylan catalogue.

If you'll excuse me, it's hello, goodbye then a push and then a crash. I gotta get myself over to the Million Dollar Bash.


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PostPosted: Sun November 30th, 2014, 10:07 GMT 
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Apparently written about the Summer of Love, according to Bob.


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PostPosted: Sun November 30th, 2014, 13:45 GMT 

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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Apparently written about the Summer of Love, according to Bob.


Makes sense-the lyrics aren't essentially laudatory. He didn't have a very high opinion of hippies, did he?


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PostPosted: Sun November 30th, 2014, 20:10 GMT 
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Mickvet wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Apparently written about the Summer of Love, according to Bob.


Makes sense-the lyrics aren't essentially laudatory. He didn't have a very high opinion of hippies, did he?

Most of the people supporting Barry Goldwater didn't...


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PostPosted: Sun November 30th, 2014, 22:48 GMT 

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Untrodden Path wrote:
Most of the people supporting Barry Goldwater didn't...


No, and they didn't have to suffer the additional provocation of having their privacy continuously invaded by these people.


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Untrodden Path wrote:
Mickvet wrote:

Makes sense-the lyrics aren't essentially laudatory. He didn't have a very high opinion of hippies, did he?

Most of the people supporting Barry Goldwater didn't...


Oh no...Bob was a Barry Goldwater supporter?! Please, say it ain't so... :(


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PostPosted: Mon December 1st, 2014, 03:31 GMT 
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Probably Barry Goldwater vs. Lyndon B Johnson election. There were Democrats and many Independents that supported Goldwater in that election -- my parents among them.


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PostPosted: Mon December 1st, 2014, 03:38 GMT 
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Mickvet wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Apparently written about the Summer of Love, according to Bob.


Makes sense-the lyrics aren't essentially laudatory. He didn't have a very high opinion of hippies, did he?


"Love is all there is, it makes the world go round
Love and only love, it can't be denied..."


Sounds like hippie-speak to me...


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ForeignSun wrote:
Untrodden Path wrote:
Most of the people supporting Barry Goldwater didn't...


Oh no...Bob was a Barry Goldwater supporter?! Please, say it ain't so... :(


Didn't he say so himself in Chronicles?


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yopietro wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Apparently written about the Summer of Love, according to Bob.




"Love is all there is, it makes the world go round
Love and only love, it can't be denied..."


Sounds like hippie-speak to me...


I have this memory, but that can be faulty and if so I'd be happy to stand corrected, of Dylan being very uncomplimentary of hippies in interview at this time. There was his refusal to appear in Woodstock, also, not to mention Robinson's comments that the Basement tape music was in counter of the counter-culture. Regarding those lines you quote, that proves nothing-here's news for you, the hippies weren't the first to discover "love" although they and Dylan might define it differently, and they were generally contemptuous of country music at the time. Your photo simply demonstrates that anyone can be a fashion victim, but fashion hardly represents a complete embrace of a lifestyle or philosophy.


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PostPosted: Mon December 1st, 2014, 12:44 GMT 
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Whenever I think of Million Dollar Bash by Bob Dylan it reminds me of Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin and vice versa. On both songs the sarcasm is splendiferous. 8)


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PostPosted: Mon December 1st, 2014, 14:52 GMT 
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Mickvet wrote:
yopietro wrote:
"Love is all there is, it makes the world go round
Love and only love, it can't be denied..."


Sounds like hippie-speak to me...


I have this memory, but that can be faulty and if so I'd be happy to stand corrected, of Dylan being very uncomplimentary of hippies in interview at this time. There was his refusal to appear in Woodstock, also, not to mention Robinson's comments that the Basement tape music was in counter of the counter-culture. Regarding those lines you quote, that proves nothing-here's news for you, the hippies weren't the first to discover "love" although they and Dylan might define it differently, and they were generally contemptuous of country music at the time. Your photo simply demonstrates that anyone can be a fashion victim, but fashion hardly represents a complete embrace of a lifestyle or philosophy.


Ah I wasn't trying to prove anything here with the photo or quote. Just having a little fun. Obviously Bob wasn't a hippie and was on a different path at the time than the hippie youth counterculture...(not to say that the look cultivated in the photo is not fantastic in its own right though)


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PostPosted: Mon December 1st, 2014, 16:46 GMT 
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The live version was fun. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Mon December 1st, 2014, 18:48 GMT 

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yopietro wrote:

Sounds like hippie-speak to me...


Sorry for being so tetchy. I just remember how refreshing it was when "punk" music, appallingly inept as it was, wiped out all that self-regarding "hippy" music back in the day. It had little effect on Dylan who wasn't one in the first place (that cover of TTTAAC could have easily passed as a "punk").


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PostPosted: Mon December 1st, 2014, 20:18 GMT 
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ForeignSun wrote:
Oh no...Bob was a Barry Goldwater supporter?! Please, say it ain't so... :(


But if you think that I’ll let Barry Goldwater
Move in next door and marry my daughter
You must think I’m crazy!


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PostPosted: Mon December 1st, 2014, 20:40 GMT 

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ForeignSun wrote:
Oh no...Bob was a Barry Goldwater supporter?! Please, say it ain't so... :(


But if you think that I’ll let Barry Goldwater
Move in next door and marry my daughter
You must think I’m crazy!


The target was liberalism (specifically its hypocrisy and double standards not to mention that its premises were incorrect, about which he was more explicit in My Back Pages), not Goldwater.


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Mickvet wrote:
ForeignSun wrote:

Oh no...Bob was a Barry Goldwater supporter?! Please, say it ain't so... :(


Didn't he say so himself in Chronicles?


I don't recall reading that in Chronicles...I must have subconsciously repressed that memory. I did the same thing when I found out what Robert Heinlein's political views were...I just ignored (or "purposefully forgot") them so I could continue to enjoy his books. Of course, I eventually learned to separate art from artist. Do you remember what he said he liked about Goldwater in Chronicles?

blue wrote:
Probably Barry Goldwater vs. Lyndon B Johnson election. There were Democrats and many Independents that supported Goldwater in that election -- my parents among them.


See, my family was the opposite. They all were lifelong Republicans who started voting Democratic once Goldwater was nominated by the GOP.

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I've also just revisited the one-off performance of Million Dollar Bash from Brixton 2005. It's hard to be in a bad mood listening to this...

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10150259798265540


Such a great performance! I'd even call it one of the very best performances of the entire NET. Certainly a personal favorite of mine.


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ForeignSun wrote:

I don't recall reading that in Chronicles...I must have subconsciously repressed that memory. I did the same thing when I found out what Robert Heinlein's political views were...I just ignored (or "purposefully forgot") them so I could continue to enjoy his books. Of course, I eventually learned to separate art from artist. Do you remember what he said he liked about Goldwater in Chronicles?



"My favorite politician was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater"

Bob Dylan, Chronicles, page 283

"There was no point arguing with Dave (Van Ronk), not intellectually anyway. I had a primitive way of looking at things and I liked country fair politics. My favorite politician was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who reminded me of Tom Mix, and there wasn't any way to explain that to anybody. I wasn't that comfortable with all the psycho polemic babble."

[My memory doesn't seem to be as bad as I feared].


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Mickvet wrote:
ForeignSun wrote:

I don't recall reading that in Chronicles...I must have subconsciously repressed that memory. I did the same thing when I found out what Robert Heinlein's political views were...I just ignored (or "purposefully forgot") them so I could continue to enjoy his books. Of course, I eventually learned to separate art from artist. Do you remember what he said he liked about Goldwater in Chronicles?



"My favorite politician was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater"

Bob Dylan, Chronicles, page 283

"There was no point arguing with Dave (Van Ronk), not intellectually anyway. I had a primitive way of looking at things and I liked country fair politics. My favorite politician was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who reminded me of Tom Mix, and there wasn't any way to explain that to anybody. I wasn't that comfortable with all the psycho polemic babble."

[My memory doesn't seem to be as bad as I feared].


That makes sense. Goldwater did have a sort of country charm to him, and I could see how he appealed to Bob personality-wise.


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PostPosted: Wed February 21st, 2018, 06:32 GMT 
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Not sure if that has been posted here, but here's the video for the live performance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOHljR41l4Y

When did this surface? I was unaware there was a video for this.


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Not sure if that has been posted here, but here's the video for the live performance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOHljR41l4Y

When did this surface? I was unaware there was a video for this.



Thanks for that. I was beginning to doubt my sanity when I read earlier in the thread that there was no video, as I'd definitely remembered seeing it!

Was at this show. An absolute jawdropper of a song choice, arrangement (it was almost calypso-like) and performance.

And then after going to all that trouble to arrange and rehearse it, he never played it again. Baffling.

Love the original. The Basement Tapes is probably my favourite of all Dylan's singing styles


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