The other night at the tile factory, I had a sudden urge to listen to old Bob Dylan songs. In particular, Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands, Visions of Johanna, and Leopard-Skin Pill-box Hat. All songs from Blonde on Blonde
So here I am, right now, listening to them, reminiscing and thinking "What damn fine songs"
And I remembered that just when I first discovered Bob Dylan he went all Christian on me. and by co-incidence, I went all Christian on me too, so I bought his album Slow Train Coming (1979). It's OK. Got a few good tracks.
Now I've come to my senses and it seems Bob has too. Because quite frankly, his albums from his Christion period (Shot of Love, Saved and Slow Train Coming) were shit.
And as was sitting here listening, I wondered how Bob got out of Christianity. So, like you do, I googled it. And found that Bob had sold his soul to the devil and was never truly saved. He experienced a false conversion.
The evidence is damning.
He introduced the Beatles to marijuana, his band The Band (we miss you Rick Danko) were bad boys, his album covers had tarot & eastern mysticism, and, his marriage broke down. Clear signs of demonic possesion.
Then, during his "conversion" he showed signs of being influenced by false Vineyard theology, and his church attendance stuttered and then stopped.
He said in an interview “Whoever said I was Christian? Like Gandhi, I’m Christian, I’m Jewish, I’m a Moslem, I’m a Hindu. I am a humanist.” (San Luis Obispo (California) Register for March 16, 1983).
Here's the money-shot. I quote from the web site linked above.
In a rare interview with Ed Bradley, aired on the 60 Minutes program, June 26, 2005, the 63-year-old rock singer said that his early songs were “almost magically written … kind of a penetrating magic.”
He also said that he made a bargain with the devil.
Question: Why do you still do it? Why are you still out here?
Dylan: It goes back to that destiny thing. I made a bargain with it a long time ago, and I’m holding up my end.
Q: What was your bargain?
Dylan: To get where I am now.
Q: Should I ask whom you made the bargain with?
Dylan: With the chief commander.
Q: On this earth?
Dylan: (laughing) On this earth and the world we can’t see.
It could be argued that Dylan was referring to a bargain he made with God, but that makes no sense. As Brian Snider wrote to me on this matter: “Who makes a bargain with God to be a rock star? Everyone knows you make that deal with the devil. Down at the crossroads.” This refers to the old Blues concept of selling one’s soul to the devil. Bluesman Robert Johnson and others have sung about it.
I know it's a bit late, but, welcome back, Bob