Hung as a Thief: The First Bob Dylan Appropriations — “The Drunkard’s Son” and “Little Buddy”

Fred Bals
8 min readAug 24, 2018

“Do you think there will ever be a time when you’ll be hung as a thief?”
“You weren’t supposed to say that.” ~
Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, 1965

Whether you call it quoting, borrowing, sampling, reworking, or the dreaded P-word, preparing to write about Bob Dylan’s many appropriations is akin to grabbing your testicles when stepping into a mine field.

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Fred Bals

Corporate Storyteller. Tech enthusiast. Mini Cooper fanboy. One-time chronicler of Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour. Husband of Peggy. Human of Lily Rose.