Episode 115: We’re Trying to Hammer the Wind

Matt and Ryan listen to and discuss Bob Dylan’s “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” and “Highway 61 Revisited.”

Matt and Ryan listen to and discuss Bob Dylan’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan and Highway 61 Revisited.


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3 Comments on “Episode 115: We’re Trying to Hammer the Wind”

  1. Chris Morgan #

    There is indeed a version of “Girl From North Country” with both Dylan and Johnny Cash on it. They did it live on Johnny Cash’s TV show once and it was great because that is a great song and the Dylan/Cash version is fantastic. Also, it is in the movie Silver Linings Playbook and that movie has great music in it.

    Anywho, I used to listen to a lot of Dylan, unsurprisingly I was in college at the time, but that sort of tapered off, although I still appreciate the music. Not as interested in the folk stuff, though. I’d have been more interested in talk of Blonde on Blonde or Blood on the Tracks, but it was likely the right call to include his early folk stuff for this conversation. Maybe it could have been served well to discuss the fact that he, like Neil Young, is still releasing music. I think he even did a Christmas album.

    Also, fittingly enough, the notion of Bob Dylan being “for real” is a fairly interesting question, what with that not even being his real name and also the fact that he used to make up biographical information about himself, and there was the aura he would put on for interviews, as seen in the documentary on him called, I believe, Don’t Look Back. This notion is also sort of considered in the very good film I’m Not There.


    • Chris Morgan #

      Also, indeed the version of “Girl from the North Country” with Cash is on Nashville Skyline, which is also the “Bob Dylan stopped smoking and has a new voice” record. I think it works quite well on this song, and it counters Cash’s voice better than Dylan’s vocals in other eras would have.


  2. Coughin' Ed #

    Certainly from Dylan’s view hwy 61 might run southward. In very limited music-historical knowledge my first thoughts run in the opposite direction, namely viewing 61 as running from the Jim Crow south to the more urban Chicago. Fred McDowell wrote of the road from this geographical perspective.

    just wanted to throw this up as it’s an amazing song



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