As Slice metro editor Seltzerboy points out, today is Bob Dylan's birthday. In honor, I'm going to reach into the Slice Archives for this reheat. The Management
Words By Seltzerboy .::. Ever wonder how a shy Jewish kid from Minnesota’s Iron Range ends up becoming one of America’s most profound cultural figures? Slice offers no novel answers regarding Bob Dylan’s ascension to a pinnacle attained by few others. Still, now is a fine time to offer an interesting cluewell, interesting for pizza-blog-reading Dylanphiles.
Before hitchhiking his way from Minneapolis to Greenwich Village, Mr. Dylan toiled at any number of below-the-radar joints around the Twin Cities, including a St. Paul pizza shop known as the Purple Onion. In fact, after a gig there on a snowy winter’s night in 1961, Mr. Dylan shacked up in the back room of the restaurant (cut him some slack; these gigs paid no more than $5 a night) to catch some shut-eye. At the crack of dawn, Mr. Dylan awoke, suddenly realizing that “the Twin Cities had gotten a little too cramped, and there was only so much you could do. … The town was beginning to feel like a mud puddle.” Next stop, West 4th Street. While Chronicles: Volume One, Mr. Dylan’s long-awaited memoir, is filled with scintillating scenes, this one jumps off the pagewell, at least for pizza-blog-writing Dylanphiles.
Two years passed before Mr. Dylan would conclude side two of his second studio recording, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, with “I Shall Be Free. Included in that song was what we believe to be his first mention of our favorite delicacy in song:
Now, the man on the stand he wants my vote/ He’s a runnin’ for office on the ballot note/ He’s out there preachin’ in front of the steeple/ Tellin’ me he loves all kinds of people/ He’s eatin’ bagels/ He’s eatin’ pizza/ He’s eatin’ chitlins/ He’s eatin’ bullshit
A politician preaching in front of a steeple? Where have we heard one that before …
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