Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Bob Dylan on Woody Guthrie

For those of us who go back that far, both of these musicians were giants of folk music of their time. I ran across this wonderful recording (enhanced into pictograph video by an enterprising individual LymanChandler)

One may ask what has this to do with this blog? My answer is that this poem is a tribute from one man to another. Among men these are important, perhaps difficult displays of emotion. Praise, even faint praise between men is not easily given or sometimes received. In any event, I feel this particular performance is a study in genre to the "Beat Generation" that Woody was part of. It speaks to men and most importantly the journey of manhood. "Robert Zimmerman we never knew ye".

Here is the poem, transcribed.

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