You that never done nothin’…

Joan Baez, Bob Dylan at the 1963 Civil Rights March on WA, D.C.
Photo courtesy of U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
Modifications by Jone Lewis 2001

Bob Dylan released this one 43 years ago, and it still seems appropriate for Memorial Day weekend… Dylan’s song “Masters of War” is a focused outcry of anger and pain directed at the military commanders who wage war. This brilliant political essay, written by UW musicologist Timothy Kinsella, pulls no punches.

Listen to Timothy and Michele Myers tell the story, set to “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan – (WMA, Real)

Listen to more of Honest With Me.

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  1. Golden59er
    Posted May 26, 2006 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Hats off to Michele, Timothy and of course Dylan. It takes courage for recording artists to express their political voices. More are expressing their views today than just a few years ago. My impression is that music helps lead the way towards changes in attitudes and policy changes.

  2. Posted August 23, 2006 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    wow …i agree with you .
    that music helps lead the way towards changes in attitudes and policy changes.

  3. Shelley Levisay
    Posted October 11, 2006 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m writing an honors thesis on Vietnam and Iraq protest music and am writing about masters of war. I listened to the song and your commentary on this site, but I was wondering if you could send me any more information on the song.

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