Mr. Tambourine Man

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"Mr. Tambourine Man" is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan and featured on his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, produced by Tom Wilson. The Byrds also recorded a version that was their first single on Columbia Records and the title track of their first album, and which reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart.

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  • In the world of music, the Mamas and the Papas, fine singers from the commercial end of the folk movement, had giant hits with "California Dreamin' " in the spring and "Monday, Monday" in the summer. Time reported on July 1 that rock lyrics were "no longer down with the P.T.A. and conformism, but—whee! onward with LSD and lechery." (Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" was supposed to be a pusher.) On July 2, the Saturday Evening Post ran a story called "Daddy Is a Hippy" (sic), probably the first national use of the word. On July 29, Bob Dylan went for a ride on his Triumph motorcycle in Woodstock, New York, dumped it, and reportedly broke his neck. On August 5, John Lennon remarked that the Beatles might be "more popular than Jesus." On the same day, the Beatles released their album Revolver; its last song had a remarkable bond with what the San Francisco bands were doing at the same time. Earlier that summer Lennon had stopped by Indica, a store in London much like the Psychedelic Shop, which sold weird art, Beat writing, and other books, including Leary, Metzner, and Alpert's The Psychedelic Experience, which he purchased. Having tripped once and not enjoyed it much, Lennon put into practice the authors' advice, tried again and had a much better time, and encapsulated it all in "Tomorrow Never Knows," the final song on their new album.

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    2003
    Dennis McNally

  • Girls Like Us

    2008
    Sheila Weller

  • Chronicles

    2004
    Bob Dylan

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    2012
    Lewis MacAdams

  • Pillow Talk

    2011
    Freya North

  • On the Road with Bob Dylan

    2002
    Larry Sloman

  • Fear and Loathing in America

    2011
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • Cheech & Chong

    2008
    Tommy Chong

  • Dream Brother

    2011
    David Browne

  • The Last Werewolf

    2011
    Glen Duncan

  • Close to Home

    2009
    Peter Robinson

  • Green Grass Grace

    2003
    Shawn McBride

  • And on the Surface Die

    2008
    Lou Allin

  • Mad Dash

    2008
    Patricia Gaffney

  • Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone

    2011
    Hunter S. Thompson and Jann Wenner

  • The Last Sultan

    2011
    Robert Greenfield

  • Steve Jobs

    2012
    Walter Isaacson

  • Nica's Dream

    2011
    David Kastin

  • Broken Prey

    #16 of 23 (2005)
    John Sandford

  • The Year We Left Home

    2011
    Jean Thompson

  • Old Gods Almost Dead

    2001
    Stephen Davis


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