Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Bob Dylan - James Dickey - Donald Armstrong Link

What Bob Dylan and James Dickey had in common, it seems, was a fascination with the tragic, mythic death of Donald Armstrong, the reinvented World War II pilot beheaded in the Dickey poem "The Performance":

'James Dickey famously growled in a 1969 symposium about the "debased kind of music Bob Dylan and these people play." If you read the line in context, Dickey was more complaining about the decline of traditional southern country and folk music, an opinion that Dylan would likely have agreed with then and now. But whether James Dickey was a fan of Bob Dylan or not, it's probable that Dylan was a fan of his.'

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