All Things Reconsidered:

The 35th Anniversary of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks

By PopMatters Staff

9 May 2010

Afterword: Rhymes of a Rolling Stone

Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is a superb work of theater, a classic, albeit cryptic, tale of triumph over adversity.

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Will the Real Bob Dylan Fan, Please Stand Up?

While stalwarts vie for who's the real Bob Dylan fan, 20-something hipsters and teenyboppers going ballistic to lyrics meant for another era have a more prescient say. They portend in Dylanesque wit, they were his fans before he was Bob Dylan.

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Blood on the Tracks: The Movie

Blood on the Tracks gets the Hollywood pitch treatment.

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Blood on the Stage

Over the course of more than 2,000 live renditions, Bob Dylan has inserted new lyrics and rhythms in Blood on the Tracks standards that reinvent the original narratives.

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Like a Revelation: Interacting with ‘Blood on the Tracks’

Blood on the Tracks can be viewed as an early example of the potential for a record to be a piece of interactive media.

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Every One of Them Words Rang True: The Defiance of Time in “Tangled Up in Blue”

The Bob Dylan who emerged from seclusion after a 1966 motorcycle crash was even more of an enigma than the one who had vanished.

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Listening to Our Parents Talking: ‘Blood on the Tracks’ and the End of Dylan’s Pastoral Fantasy

For all of Dylan's old world mythology, Blood on the Tracks sounds like a familiar account of marriage breakdown in the era of our parents.

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An Ugly Album Cover at a Career and Cultural Crossroads

The Blood on the Tracks album cover is torpor masquerading as cool and a photograph disguised as a painting.

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Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’: Outgrowing the Grown-Up Album

A mature, self-indulgent album can make or break a career, drawing the line between over-indulgence and critical re-discovery.

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Dylan, Mary Lee, and the Jack of Hearts: Completing the Break-Up in Blood on the Tracks

Blood on the Tracks progresses through a Kubler-Ross model of grief but the last stage never seems achieved within the confines of the album.

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Alias Bob Dylan: Billy the Kid, the Jack of Hearts and the Return of Dylan

Dylan’s experience with Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid would prove to be a persistent influence in his ensuing mid-‘70s revival.

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Bob Dylan, The Voice

Blood on the Tracks is an intensely emotional album that involves itself with the politics of the personal, transforming the ‘voice of a generation’ into something entirely new.

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Blood on the Tracks: Place and Displacement

Dylan’s work has been characterized by the poetics of place and displacement and a refutation of a fixed identity.

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Bargaining for Salvation

Dylan’s journey has been that of a seeker, and Blood on the Tracks stands as a document underscoring the core spiritual search of the artist.

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Between the Grooves

Between the Grooves offers our writers' individual, incisive insights into the cloaked, mercurial music and history that permeates the mysterious and allegorical littered world of Blood on the Tracks.

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One of Toil and Blood

The persistent presence of rain and storms may provide the most useful clue in unlocking the collective mystery of Dylan’s compositions for Blood on the Tracks.

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