Speechifyin’ — Bob Dylan Meets Tom Paine at the ECLC Civil Rights Dinner

Myth has it that in 1963 a drunk Bob Dylan ad-libbed a speech at the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee (ECLC) “Bill of Rights” fund-raising dinner that didn’t mean much of anything except maybe as one of Dylan’s first steps in distancing himself from the progressive Left and finger-pointin’ songs. Even then, insulting his audience for their age, baldness, and patronization of “Negroes” would probably have been forgotten as a minor pothole on the road of Bob Dylan’s journey through life if not for Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Fred Bals

Fred Bals

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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.