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I believe in you Bob.
Nov 7

softly-spokenmagicspells:

I believe in you Bob.

Bob Dylan has endorsed Obama!

This is huge. Bob Dylan is probably the best ‘celebrity’ endorsement you can get in that he rarely publicly supports a candidate. Dylan has even predicted Obama will win by a landslide and said he’s not fooled by the media.

On Election Day his team posted the following quote from Bob on Facebook:

Here’s pretty close to what I said last night in Madison. I said from the stage that we had to play better than good tonight, that the president was here today and he’s a hard act to follow. Also, that we’re not fooled by the media and we think it’s going to be a landslide. That’s pretty much all of it.

- Bob Dylan

Obama and Clinton are the only presidential candidates Dylan has publicly endorsed as far as I’m aware. Dylan played at Clinton’s first inauguration. Bob performed 'Chimes of Freedom' on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Dylan seems pretty fond of Obama. He has attended two events at Obama’s White House. The Never Ending Tour was stopped for Obama! The first was a concert celebrating the Civil Rights Movement with Joan Baez et al in 2010. The second was to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama in May this year. Dylan as cool as ever didn’t remove his sunglasses whilst at The White House. Similarly, Joan Baez was barefoot when performing at the White House Civil Rights Celebration Concert.

I have a feeling Dylan is quite fond of Obama. He has been positive in his comments about him. Significantly, he performed with acoustic guitar when singing, 'The Times They Are a-Changin” in the Civil Rights Concert at the White House. As fans know, its extremely rare for Dylan to play an acoustic guitar in concert, usually he plays organ and electric guitar and of course, harmonica.

Bob’s son, Jesse Dylan directed the iconic, 'Yes, We Can' video, widely seen as one of the most effective political ads of all time. The video certainly captured the zeitgeist of the moment; the desire for hope and change.

This political endorsement may seem ironic given Dylan was and is still known as ‘the voice of a generation’ and the symbol of social protest, however Dylan fans know he has always hated this label and being boxed, and was never overtly political.

Dylan rarely attended political events and protests. He did attend the historic March on Washington in 1963 and helped to register voters in the segregated South with Pete Seeger. What makes Dylan’s protest songs the best ever written is they didn’t mention specific conflicts of the day but were about the timeless themes of war and peace and freedom and justice. This is what makes Dylan’s endorsement of Obama so important.

Nov 7
Bob Dylan Endorses Obama!
Oct 24

Bette Davis answering questions at the NTF (National Film Theatre), 1972.

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Fans will often say they love a celebrity. None more so than in the case of Judy Garland. However with Judy, her fans really do love her. Now why is this? If I had to use two words to describe Judy Garland they would be: empathy and real. There was nothing fake about Judy Garland.

When you listen to Judy Garland sing or watch one of her performances, it reaches the very essence of your being. There are no veils, curtains, doors, walls, anything between Judy’s true self and the emotional core of each one of her fans.

Judy Garland revealed her true self, her core essence, in every one of her performances. In doing so she held a mirror to the true core of each individual in her audience. Very few performers do this and very few of us do this in real life. We’re too scared to reveal our true selves as it makes us open to judgment and criticism. Perhaps being so emotionally open is one of the reasons Judy received such crap in both her professional and personal lives.

The Judy phenomenon is best described by Derek Jewell, when reviewing Judy’s 1969 Talk of the Town performance in the Sunday Times; ‘No logic, no analysis, no judgment in the world can explain the phenomenon of Judy Garland’s at Talk of the Town. She walks the rim of the volcano each second. Miraculously she keeps her balance. It is a triumph of utmost improbability.’[1] That Judy put herself so out there in each performance meant she walks the rim of the volcano emotionally creating an atmosphere of thunderous electricity.

Judy Garland is one of the most emotional performers and so listening to her is an emotional experience. She is also the most empathetic of performers. You can listen to Judy if you’re feeling down and it will comfort you or if you’re happy then it will make you even happier. Judy sang ‘the history of my life is in my songs’. This is true. The best way to understand Judy Garland is to listen to her. Even now 39 years after her death, whether you are listening to her on your iPhone or watching a YouTube video, the strength and sincerity of her emotions leap out of the speaker, across the years, to truly reach you.

Judy herself fully understood this. Allegedly, Judy said to her daughter, Liza Minnelli, ‘Liza, sympathy is my business.’[2] More accurately, it is empathy. Judy’s empathy was apparent in real life as well. Brian Glanvill, a member of The International Judy Garland Club, who met Judy on several occasions, said when Judy spoke to you, she had the gift that some very famous people have of making you feel that you were the only person in the world who she cared about.

The best way to appreciate Judy Garland is to listen to ‘Judy At Carnegie Hall’. Listen to the album in full in one go and you will come to the realization that this woman is a genius. I defy you not to be moved.

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[1] Mickey Deans and Ann Pinchot, Weep No More, My Lady (New York: Pyramid Books, 1973), p. 44

[2] George Mair, Under The Rainbow: The Real Liza Minnelli, (London: Aurum Press, 1997), p. 37

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Why We Love Judy.
thebonechurch:

Suzanne

Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen.
Oct 8

thebonechurch:

Suzanne

Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen.

Two of my favourite people: Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen.
Oct 8

Two of my favourite people: Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen.

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sometimesinapril:

Recently acquired LP:Judy Collins — Wildflowers (1967) 

 
Oct 8

sometimesinapril:

Recently acquired LP:
Judy Collins — Wildflowers (1967) 


 

Lauren Bacall Beauty
Oct 7

Lauren Bacall Beauty

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Judy Garland. Love that face.
Oct 7

Judy Garland. Love that face.

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Joan Crawford, 1933

Bring back 1930s Glamour!
Oct 7

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Joan Crawford, 1933

Bring back 1930s Glamour!

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