How the Middle East Shaped Bob Dylan

Published May 26th, 2021 - 06:29 GMT
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Bob Dylan (AFP/FILE)
“I live on a street named after a Saint / ... Where the Jews and the Catholics and the Muslims all pray,” Bob Dylan sings in a song dedicated to the memory of American blues guitarist Jimmy Reed, released last year on Rough and Rowdy Winds. “Give me that old time religion,” he continues.  The mythic image of Jerusalem and the wider Middle East in Dylan’s output over the past six decades has, as many have pointed out, been central. From the reimagining of Abraham’s sacrific

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