The River

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"Gonna raise me an army, some tough sons-of-bitches

I'll recruit my army from the orphanages"

-- Thunder on the Mountain, Bob Dylan, Modern Times

The estimable Chris Floyd has penned a great review of a recent Dylan concert in London.

Of the concert, Floyd concluded, "A better judgement on the modern times of the Bush Imperium is hard to imagine." Same is true for Chris's work at Empire Burlesque.

Mike, I hope you are able to catch this one.

London's one too many mornings and six thousand miles from home, Bruce; I'll have to give this gig a miss. But Chris Floyd -- who, with Mike Whitney, I seem to enjoy reading as much as do you, gives a remarkable review, capturing some of Dylan's newfound vocal strength.

Yup; I have a strange relationship with old Bob. I regard him as the most articulate voice of the 20th and 21st Centuries, a minstrel completely in tune with the times. He has never not protested, loved, embraced, sworn, raged, cared, laughed or hurt more at one time in his career than at any other. He's always told it like it is, was, and will be.

Yet Dylan's career is and will remain a 'now' thing. He is the sum of his work and his work speaks for itself. It's a pity so few listen.
well, we can all catch the concert vicariously through Chris, at least.

I dearly hope someone is recording Dylan's shows and he will release a live album soon.
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