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I Was So Much Older Then

by Sophie Taylor

On music legend Bob Dylan’s birthday, take a look back at his origins withMoment’s “Unauthorized Spiritual Biography” of the singer. Seventy years ago today, Robert Zimmerman was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, a middle-of-nowhere town whose other claim to fame is its six-by-three mile open-air mine shaft. He grew up in a small but deeply Jewish community, studying for his bar mitzvah at a rock-‘n’-roll café and practicing in his garage. Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein chronicles Dylan’s small-town life, his arrival in Greenwich Village, and his early rise to fame, and explores the Jewish, then Christian, themes in his music. Dylan’s religiously inspired lyrics range from:

Oh God said to Abraham, ‘Kill me a son’/Abe says, ‘Man, you must be puttin’ me on’/God say ‘No.’ Abe say, ‘What?’/God say, ‘You can do what you want Abe, but/The next time you see me comin’ you better run’/‘Well,’ Abe says, ‘Where do you want this killin’ done?’/ God says, ‘Out on Highway 61.

To the much more New Testament-y:

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed/You’re gonna have to serve somebody/Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord/But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

References aside, Dylan’s lyrics and their meanings remain ever-elusive.

Read the full story here.

This Week’s Links

dylanBy Michelle Albert

  • Jewish singer Bob Dylan is working on an album of Christmas music. Puns such as “Sleigh Lady Sleigh” and “A Hard Reindeer’s A-Gonna Fall” are already making the rounds. [Reuters] (PS: read Moment’s article about Bob Dylan here.)
  • A swastika was painted outside Georgia congressman David Scott’s door following a particularly heated health care debate. [NYTimes]
  • A Dutch journalist claims that the swine flu was created by Jews as a plot to control the world’s population. Where is James Bond when you need him? [Haaretz]
  • David Mamet, author of The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred and the Jews, is going to write and direct the new film version of The Diary of Anne Frank for Disney. [ArtsBeat]
  • Former Hadassah CFO Sheryl Weinstein claims she had an affair with Bernie Madoff. Expect all the sordid details in her book Madoff’s Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me, due out August 25. [Forward]
  • Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Israel announced that, in order to prevent spreading the H1N1 virus (swine flu), mezuzahs in public places should be air-kissed. [ynet]
  • Hitler is advertisement fodder. [Heeb]