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From: Bertram Marshall

Why is it that my two favorite singers Bob Dylan and Lou Reed are Jews,         
and the Velvet Underground's first CD of the box set to be released is so       
Dylanease with mouth harp and all? He was the first rapper,                     
country-western singer, who has yet to do House, but there is still time.       

Dear Mr. Dylan: I recently purchased a ticket to see you in concert in Charleston, SC on Oct. 7, 1995. I am really looking forward to it, but I need to ask a favor -- Do you think you could ask the SOUND manager to hold it down a little bit particularily on the bass. That kicker bass can be too much for anyone in the audience. I AM getting older (early 40's) but it seems that the SOUND management people have read things wrong in thinking that people like that "SERIOUS SLAM".

Bob Ginsky@AOL.COM

From: Shaun Day

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 95

Hey, I don't think you should make fun of Bob. It's people like you that made   
Kurt kill himself. Go find something better to do. I quote from "Tombstone Blues
" THE SUN IS NOT YELLOW, IT'S CHICKEN!"                                         

From: C.S.

Date: Mon, 18 Sep 95

Subject: Re: Tangled Up In Black

I'm confused.  What's going on here?  not just the song, but                    
HERE... as in this web site                                                     
i've been told that i'm a little odd, but this is...                            

From: Rich Klein

Whew! It sure is nice to find your Web pages!  The only mentions I've           
found about Judaism on the internet 'til now have been anti-Semitic.            
Thanks, also, for the Hebrew translation of All Along The Watchtower.           
Feel free to check out my home page at  I haven't        
really found a direction for it yet, but...  um...  it's there.                 

On July 10, 1995, wrote:

Could be Dylan tried both the Lubavitch and Christian traditions for
their common yearning for the messiah.  The Lubavitch Rabbi publicly
spoke of their common waiting and the pain in all of us as we yearn
for the comming of the messiah.  That Christians believe it to be a
return does not deminish this.  I think Dylan needs to hope in this,
but falls too quickly to the despair of his namesake, Dylan Thomas,
who drank himself into the dark night.

On June 25, 1995, Elliot Feldman wrote:

As far as I'm concerned, the most Jewish of Dylan songs is "DON'T PIN           
THIS BADGE ON ME" from Pat Garret And Billy The Kid. This song hits the         
strongest personal resonance for me. Jews have always had to wear badges        
under penalty of death.                                                         

Editor's note: The line (from Knockin' on Heaven's Door) is actually "take this badge off of me."

Rich Robinson with Jews for Jesus had this to say:

An interesting Dylan site. I put a bookmark in. But you're too cynical about his Christian years. And the interpretations of Jokerman are, well, purely midrashic. What does the man say? That's the key. You know, there's a lot about the sinfulness of man in Dylan's lyrics. Esp. on Oh Mercy.

Forward to a collection of anecdotes about Dylan's Jewish experiences.
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