Any connections between Bukowski and Bob Dylan?

Discussion in 'All things Bukowski' started by Montana, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. I don't know of any; but this line from one of Bob's little known songs sometimes reminds me of Buk.

    "Oh, the only decent thing I did when I worked as a postal clerk
    Was to haul your picture down off the wall near the cage where I used to work.
    Was I a fool or not to try to protect your identity?
    You looked a little burned out, my friend,
    I thought it might be up to me."

    ....bobdylan.com/moderntimes/songs/uptome.html

    This song would have been written in the mid-70s...a few years after Post Office had come out.
     
  2. cirerita

    cirerita First 9 Redwood Original

    B. wrote a throwaway poem titled "Bob Dylan", putting Dylan down, of course ;)
     
  3. Do you have the poem?

    I've never seen it, would love to read it though.
     
  4. mjp

    mjp Reaper Crew First 9 Men of Mayhem Unholy Ones

    I thought the line was, "Was I a fool or not to protect your real identity?" Maybe I'm remembering it wrong. But I think bobdylan.com has it wrong.

    I know because I'm really old, you see.
     
  5. Father Luke

    Father Luke First 9 Redwood Original

    at least I heard your bluebird sing.

    [​IMG]

    (thanks to mjp for the photo)
     
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  6. mjp

    mjp Reaper Crew First 9 Men of Mayhem Unholy Ones

    Well there's your connection right there.
     
  7. dogdice

    dogdice Prospect

    who's the fat bloke with the beard ?
     
  8. I recall Buk saying he (from faullty memory) that he preferred Donavon over Dylan-felt Dylan was a poser.
    He had that one backwards-at least Dylan never wrote a song call Neutronica or me me me me I love you
     
  9. dogdice

    dogdice Prospect

    more of a sibelius man I think.
     
  10. Purple Stickpin

    Purple Stickpin Redwood Original Unholy Ones

    "Up to Me" was left off of Blood on the Tracks due to time constraints (or corporate greed), and that's a good testament to the strength of that album, as Up to Me is a great song. I've loved it ever since I got Biograph in 1985.

    I never made a connection between the postal clerk reference and Buk, but it could be inspired Post Office. Then again, Dylan used a large number of obscure references to all sorts of things plucked from the ether.
     
  11. Thanks for all the replies. Actually, I recently found out via Google that Dylan read Buk's poem 'A Radio With Guts' on his Theme Time radio show discussing the theme of 'radio'...
     
  12. Erik

    Erik If u don't know the poetry u don't know Bukowski First 9 Redwood Original Unholy Ones

    He also quotes Buk on the jail-theme program, you know the one that goes:
     
  13. I dont think buk really rated BD. He said he only wrote one good poem about a tree or something hehehe
     
  14. cirerita

    cirerita First 9 Redwood Original

  15. In Women, Chinaski gets into a car with Valerie (the jewish women, I think thats her name--I could be wrong) and the radio was blasting a song by Bob Dylan.

    Up until this post, that was the only Bob Dylan reference I heard Buk make.
     
  16. dogdice

    dogdice Prospect

    Bob Dylan said on his "theme hour" radio show tonight that Bukowski was a "fat old bore who couldn't write his way out of a paper bag."

    I thought it was a bit harsh myself.
     
  17. from a man who rates Ginsberg. Case rested
     
  18. Over at the Bob Dylan forum "Expecting Rain" I found some bits form Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour" where he reads Bukowski, an excerpt from "Radio with Guts" and "Some People" in it's entity. Priceless stuff.





    I love how Dylan ends it all:

    "Charles Bukowski, what else?"

    "Charles Bukowski, voice of the madmen."

    That phrasing...
     
  19. Black Swan

    Black Swan Abord the Yorikke! Redwood Original Unholy Ones

    nice find, Ghado!
     
  20. roni

    roni Men of Mayhem Unholy Ones

    thanks, baby.
     
  21. On the right? Alan Ginsberg.

    On the left? Dunno.
     
  22. gbsupbowl

    gbsupbowl Prospect

    i think michael mcclure and robbie robertson
     
  23. Is the Dylan, Ginsberg and Bukowski photo real or not?
     
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  24. hoochmonkey9

    hoochmonkey9 middle classy. Reaper Crew First 9 Men of Mayhem Unholy Ones

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