Episode 3: Mapping America
Dr. Martin Luther King | "I Have a Dream" (1963)
In an episode on Bob Dylan and mapping America, Dr Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech is the gold standard, the north star, the compass of the company we want to keep.
"I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (1975)
Bob and Joan dreamed they saw St. Augustine alive as you or me, playing with joy one of Dylan's most solemn, spiritual reflections.
John Lennon | "Imagine" (1972) Cracking jokes, cracking gum, and cracking open a couple thousand years of human longing to give peace a chance, to imagine a utopia that America clearly had no path to achieve
Roll On, Bob and John (1965)
Twenty-something years old, on top of the world, sizing each other up, and three sheets to the wide, Bob Dylan and John Lennon enjoy some time together.
Paul Simon | "American Tune" (1975) Half an hour to change his string and tune up, Paul Simon does his thing on Saturday Night Lives, the bicentennial just around the corner and this one of its anthems.
Dylan and Mark Knopfler | "Blind Willie McTell"
It was Knopfler who produced the Infidels, which yielded one of Dylan's most sublime compositions. No one knows why it took almost a decade to see the light of day. He opens for Dylan years later, and they all meet again.