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Tangled Up In Bob

Before Dylan got the Beatles stoned, recorded country songs with Johnny Cash, crashed his motorcycle, was born-again, or became a satellite radio DJ, he was just a skinny kid from Duluth. Seeing little Bobby in photographs from the early ’60s, it’s hard to believe how that nice looking boy became the gaunt, flinty-skinned grandfather of folk that we still love.

Yet, Dylan’s lyrics remain even more puzzling than his looks. After all these years, only about ten people on the planet actually know what the hell he means; the rest find joy attempting to decipher Bob’s cryptic words. The best way to do this, of course, is to observe the man in action, paying close attention to his lips.

Study your Dylan this Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Lake Worth Playhouse (713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth) where they’re celebrating Bob’s birthday by showing The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1965. Watch footage of Dylan’s Newport performances which culminated in the famous ‘65 gig wherein he went electric, scared the bejeebers out of his dedicated folk following, and made history. Tickets cost $8. Call 561-586-6410, or visit www.lakeworthplayhouse.org.
Sat., May 24, 2008

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