The Ear Has To Travel #9 – The SmithDylanCohen Special with KitKat
2 February 2017
“What brings about the great shifts in the world of literature? Often it is when someone seizes upon a simple, overlooked form, discounted as art in the higher sense, and makes it mutate.“
Horace Engdahl, presentation speech for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature
Chapter 1 – Leonard Cohen
Take This Waltz
Story of Isaac
Came So Far For Beauty
There Is A War
Chapter 2 – Bob Dylan
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
All Along The Watchtower
Man On The Street
The Times They Are A-Changing
Chapter 3 – Patti Smith
My Blakean Year
All texts read in between songs are taken from Nick Cave’s The Sick Bag Song (Edinburgh: Canongate, 2016).
“And I’ll know my song well before I start singing….“ Read this piece by Patti Smith on her performance at the Nobel ceremony last December.
For more Dylan, you can stay right here: „Visions of Johanna“ has been included in The Ear Has To Travel #2 and Odetta’s version of „Masters of War“ was on The Ear Has To Travel #8. Also on The Ear Has To Travel #8 was a live version of „Horses/Land Of A Thousand Dances/La Mer(de)“ by Patti Smith.
For an overview of Cohen’s poetry and novels go here.
And don’t forget to read Smith’s National Book Award-winning Just Kids about her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe as well as the wonderful M Train.