Here is a 1977 recording by the Tom Robinson Band of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”
The recording was the B-side of Robinson’s first single, which reached #5 on the British charts.
During one interview Robinson said of his own political songs:
I never wanted it to become a fossilised museum piece about ancient injustices, it was always intended more as journalism than poetry. But to be honest it seemed a natural thing to do anyway. Bob Dylan was a big role model for me, and he constantly updates and changes lyrics when performing live. Part of the fascination of being a Dylan fan is hearing the different versions of “Tangled Up In Blue.” It’s fascinating to constantly get new angles on that dense and intriguing story.
[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.
Or watch an arty video with audio of me reading from the novel here.
Of just buy the damn thing:
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