Entertainment behind the scenes
Christie’s auction house acknowledged this week that a handwritten “poem” singer Bob Dylan wrote when he was 16 was actually a song by country icon Hank Snow.
It’s not the first time that commentators have said that Dylan (shown at right seeming to eat a document) drew on other sources during his musical career.
Exhibit A is Dylan’s use of an obscure Japanese book called “Confessions of a Yakuza,” several lines of which made it onto different songs on Dylan’s 2001 album “Love and Theft,” without acknowledgment in the liner notes. They include the words “My old man, he’s like some feudal lord” in the song “Floater.”
David Hajdu, author of a book about Dylan and other folkies called “Positively 4th Street,” a title which itself borrows from a Dylan song, said that he sees nothing wrong with the singer’s use of other material.