Gambler’s Passion & His Slave By Bob Dylan

Gambler’s Passion & His Slave

The above line is taken from the book “Tarantula” written by Bob Dylan.

(Tarantula By Bob Dylan, New York:Simon And Schuster, 2008, Guns, the Falcon’s Mouthbook & Gashcat Unpunished, P. 6) source

This world renowned folk poet laureate wrote this collection of poems, lyrics and prose back in 1965 and 1966.

It is what they call his stream of consciousness (aka interior monologue).

The profusion of his random thoughts and feelings which pass through his mind.

gambler's passion & his slave

Bob Dylan’s angry, funny, and strange written works in this book reflects his sense of protest, a verbal playfulness and spontaneity and chronicling everyday life and eccentricity on the street during the turbulent Sixties.

This experimental prose poetry book was listed among the “Top Five Unintelligible Sentences from Books Written by Rock Stars”  in Spin Magazine.

(The List Issue, Spin Magazine Vol. 19, No. 4, April 2003, Spin Media LLC, P. 86) source

Here is another  zany line which reads:

“…now’s not the time to act silly, so wear your big boots & jump on the garbage clowns…” 

(Tarantula By Bob Dylan, New York:Simon And Schuster, 2008, Guns, the Falcon’s Mouthbook & Gashcat Unpunished, P. 3) source

You can read the free e-book “Tarantula” over here.

Anyway, here is a short write-up about Bob Dylan.

He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941.

His classic songs “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’“, became anthems of both the civil rights movements and of those anti-Vietnam War.

Dylan’s early lyrics defied conventional pop music. He incorporated political, social, philosophical, and literary influences in his lyrics.

Gambler’s Passion & His Slave

According to the Associated Press reporter Jeff Baenen’s 1986 article “Minnesota Native Son, Hometown Memories“, before Dylan’s protest songs became the sound-track of the 60s,  he was a shy, small-town Minnesota boy who wrote poetry and pounded rock ‘n’ roll on the piano.

His godfather, George Berman, Dylan was writing poetry when he was 10 or 12 years old.

His first studio album “Bob Dylan” featured folk songs  done in the style a la of his idol, Woody Guthrie back in 1962.

Because of his obsession with Guthrie, he even wrote a tune called “Song to Woody“.

Legendary Bob Dylan has been hailed as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, musically and culturally.

In addition, Dylan or is also known as the master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation, was included in the “Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century“.

On October 13th,  2016, Bob Dylan, the only musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.