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Apr 26Liked by Graley Herren

Graley, this is brilliant! It feels spot on, and I will come back to it again to take it in more fully. As before, I feel you must have made a deal at the crossroads to pull off this mind meld with Bob. (Both young and old)! I read this as news of Mr Pecker's testimony blares from the TV (my husband's CNN addiction), which perhaps further testifies to the energies pulsating through the ether these days, ready to be caught and put to the page. This is so fully in the spirit of Bob.

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Thanks, Robin! I'm so glad you're enjoying this series, and I really appreciate your encouragement. This is a side of Dylan I haven't really explored before, so I'm learning a lot as I write my way deeper inside it.

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Apr 26Liked by Graley Herren

Keep up the fearless spelunking! You are surfacing gems.

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Ok wait, I honestly never noticed the double entendre in the Poor Little Fool riff! That's so funny! I loved learning about Sharon Sheeley and Eddie Cochran as well, I didn't know he was from Minnesota! This whole piece was wonderful, thank you Graley!

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Thanks, Laura! That raunchy reading of "Poor Little Fool" had never occurred to me either until I was rereading it for this piece. I'm glad I'm not the only one who hears it now!

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Apr 29Liked by Graley Herren

Great essay, Graley. The passage in Chronicles about Mike Seeger has always stuck in my brain. I've known musicians and even me (!) Who at times are crowded out of a niche but a superior player. One then contemplates what can I do that others can't. It reminds me too of the young Dylan in Last Thoughts on Wood Guthrie coming to a point of realizing what he is and isnt--good God almighty that stuff ain't real. Dl

Dylan not finding but making himself.

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I will never view good ol’ Charlie Brown the same way again.

I love how you use Ricky Nelson and Mike Seeger to frame Dylan’s masculinity and status. Great stuff, as always, but I wish you brought up the accentuated passage on “Poor Little Fool”during our roundtable discussion yesterday. It would have gone hand-in-glove.

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