Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues: Take Three

August 4, 1965:  Bob Dylan's work on the album Highway 61 Revisited was done.  Dylan recorded "Desolation Row" and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues."
1. Tom Thumb was a character from English folklore who would, in 1621, star in the first fairy tale ever published in English (Project Gutenberg here.)

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2. Rue Morgue Avenue hearkens to Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," been described as the first modern detective story  (pdf here.)
3. Housing Project Hill comes from the Jack Kerouac novel Desolation Angels. Dylan later said he found the lifestyle in Kerouac's books pointless.  "I read On the Road in maybe 1959," Dylan has stated. "It changed my life."

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