It Rhymes with Doom: Bob Dylan’s Problems with the Space Program

Fred Bals
6 min readJul 19, 2022
Black Light Series #10 Flag for the Moon: Die N*****r, 1969 Faith Ringgold. Although difficult to see, the title phrase is spelled out in the flag, with “Die” used in the stars, and the N-word spelled out with the stripes.

The anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20 1969 had me thinking again about Bob Dylan’s 1983 album Infidels and specifically about the song “License to Kill” expressing Dylan’s distaste towards space exploration. There’s also a line about the moon in “Union Sundown” — “they used to grow food in Kansas / Now they grow it on the moon and eat it raw” — but that one…

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.