In the midst of a terrifying pandemic, Bob Dylan has released his first original song in eight years. “Murder Most Foul” is a 17 minute long epic about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But as with much of Dylan’s work, a closer look reveals much more.
So what is Bob Dylan’s brand new song “Murder Most Foul” about?
This episode is a reflection not only on this song, but also on what it means to be a Bob Dylan fan in this day and age.
I have tried to put my initial thoughts into words, but unravelling all the cultural references alone could take hours!
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Here’s the Spotify playlist with all the music referenced in “Murder Most Foul”:
Also, here’s the link to the Tom Paine award speech and the apology letter, and you might be interested in these Kennedy poems, which Dylan wrote shortly after the JFK assassination.
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I hope you’re holding up out there and taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. -Laura