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Forget “Blonde on Blonde,” Dylan now rocks a blond wig for Santa

November 17, 2009

dylanlangeBack in the 1960s, when Bob Dylan came out with albums with such elusive titles as “Blonde on Blonde,” fans dissected his lyrics for every shred of meaning they could find. What does it mean?

Surely some of his hardcore fans will be applying the same microscope to his music video for “Must Be Santa,” just released on Monday, in which the rock icon sports a blond wig as he carouses at a wild Christmas party. Why blond? Why switch from a white hat early in the video to a black hat later on. What does it mean? Who knows.

It’s probably better to just enjoy the video for the wild, bohemian party it looks like, and leave the image dissection to someone writing a master’s thesis. Click here for a link to the video, which shows Dylan at the center of the kind of Christmas party just about anyone would like to attend. The crowd is dancing, singing and jumping around, and there’s even a little fisticuffs for everyone’s entertainment, as a party goer runs away from another man, throws things at him and swings from a chandelier before crashing through the window. Who knew polka music could lead to such crazy happenings?

Of course on the mysterious blond angle, Dylan has gone blond before, as the Reuters photo to the left shows, when Dylan appeared at the Sundance film festival in 2003 and his normally brown hair looked about the same shade of blond as that of actress Jessica Lange.

Dylan has been keeping many of his fans scratching their heads since it was revealed in the summer that he would be releasing a Christmas album, given that he had previously never recorded a Christmas song. But then again, it seems Dylan has gotten into the true spirit of Christmas, by donating proceeds from the album to buy meals for the needy. Dylan’s website has a running tally of the number of meals that have been donated so far, and it’s up to more than 2.3 million.

Raising money for charity, now that seems like a good reason to put on a blond wig. And it makes a good party get-up.


It’s blondE, not blond.

Posted by Deno | Report as abusive

Bobby Z… 2009… looking good

Posted by jack robertson | Report as abusive

blond refers to a man and blonde to a woman. though this rule is rarely used in texts of today, both spellings are correct and the article only refers to the album title with the feminine spelling. The other uses all refer to Bob’s hair / wig.

Posted by jonny | Report as abusive

It looked gray to me? Amazing/bizarre video and song, in any case.

Posted by LA | Report as abusive

I loved the video. We played it for our family at Christmas and I included it on the Best Bob Dylan Videos, a new site:

Posted by frosty777 | Report as abusive

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