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Morning Song – Tombstone Blues

September 10, 2015

It’s not just that Dylan “went electric” 50 years ago at Newport.  It’s that he went electric and went gleefully, deliriously and utterly wild.

Exhibit A: “Tombstone Blues”, the second cut off Dylan’s first fully electric/rock album, Highway 61 Revisited.

It’s one thing to sing about Paul Revere’s horse, Belle Starr, Jezebel, Jack the Ripper, John the Baptist, the king of the Philistines, Gypsy Davey and his slave Pedro, Galileo’s math book, Delilah, Brother Bill, Cecil B. DeMille, Ma Rainey and Beethoven*, set to the slow and solemn pace of a softly strummed acoustic guitar (a la “Masters Of War”).

But to set those lyrics to a double-time electrified country blues that owes more to the influence of good moonshine and high-speed midnight chases down old country roads than it does to the earnest and rarefied doctrines of the folk music “movement”…well…now you’ve got a musical revolution.

*There’s a special prize for the first person to figure out what they all have in common.


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  1. Patrick Dober permalink

    Beatles, Stones, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bob Marley, Aretha, Springsteen, U2, etc.- all Hall of Famers but can anyone deny that Dylan is the king, the boss, the singular talent of the rock music era? Thanks for yet another great Morning Song Luke.

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