Saturday, January 10, 2009

Riffs: A Sixties Footnote


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The New York Times reports the death of William Zantzinger, the villain of Bob Dylan’s editorial ballad, “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” from the album The Times They Are A-Changin’.

Click here to see and hear Dylan performing this song live, when it was current, in one of his rare early network television appearances. Fellow sixties survivors, and TV history buffs, will recognize emcee Steve Allen at the beginning of the clip. We could use more personalities with the brains and class of Steve Allen on television today. Unfortunately, our world is more likely to harbor a remnant the W. D. Zantzingers.

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