Dylan at 70

Dylan at 24, on Ginsberg’s typewriter. Happy birthday to a great American poet. I wish I time for more than just providing a few links, but there will be no shortage of Dylan commentary today. Here are a few Dylan-related things we’ve done over the last...

Music Monday

I finally saw Scorsese’s No Direction Home last week. Picked up the incredible soundtrack, too. What took me so long on both counts? There’s no adequate explanation. No time today to say much about the film or the music, either, other than that the clip...

Mighty, mighty Ginsberg

When I first thought of teaching an intensive summer seminar on New York’s downtown scenes — which I just wrapped up last Friday — I planned only to teach the 1970s. Gearing up to write my 33 1/3 volume on Television’s Marquee Moon, I wanted to...

William Zantzinger Is Dead

ABC news and others reported over the weekend the death, at age 69, of William Zantzinger, whose caning to death of “poor Hattie Carroll,” an African-American barmaid, provoked one of Dylan’s most memorable protest songs, released on his 1964 album...

A city like a web too intricate to understand

That’s how Dylan describes New York (recalling his entry into the Greenwich Village scene in the early 60s) in the first volume of his memoirs, Chronicles.Dylan will, no doubt, be a major character when I get around to writing about the downtown scene in the...