Ballad of a Thin Man

Bob Dylan’s wonderful “Ballad of a Thin Man” in two delightful versions. First, from the movie, Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There. Dylan is played by (the female) Cate Blanchett. I really like this film, as a film.

Now a Dylan performance,  one of many, from his 1966 tour, this time in Copenhagen. Note Al Kooper’s organ — he’s the signature of this-period Dylan arrangement. (Update: Actually Garth Hudson per comment below by Fred Allen; Kooper-style organ though.)

The original “thin man” was likely a reporter — “You walk into the room, with a pencil in your hand” — but I have a different employee thin-man in mind. Sadly, he doesn’t know what’s happening either.



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