This iconic Bob Dylan Magnified Pendant is the latest in a line of jewelry items I've sold from this shop that feature the man who I believe is the most influential singer/songwriter to grace our popular culture in my lifetime. I believe the future will reveal him to be so in hundreds of years.
I used to feature other musicians, sometimes funny ones, here under glass magnifying domes. I got my images from foreign postage stamps (including this one of Dylan). I sold one from the Congo of Bill Clinton playing Sax. My daughter asked, "Mommy, why would another country have a postage stamp with our President playing the Saxophone? Is that what American Presidents are known for? They aren't teaching me that at school." The answer was too complex and too long for me to explain. She would have tuned me out, anyway.
I particularly like this image of Bob Dylan, because of what was going on in his life when he looked like this:
He was writing some of his masterpieces like "Joey" and "Jokerman" and "Changing of the Guard".
I decided to make a formal study of Dylan and his songs and lyrics about three years ago, and have spent six hours a day ever since learning about him and these things. I know I have not wasted a minute of my time. I was making jewelry while I was listening to lots of the songs and movies. Now I should finish this listing, because he's singing "Idiot Wind".
So here is an offering. If this one doesn't have have a pinback and you want one, please ask at checkout.
Most people have their own favorite chains, so I don't put them in the pictures, but you can ask me for one at no extra cost.
I really appreciate you for caring enough about Dylan to take a look at this piece.
Did you know President Obama gave Bob Dylan the Medal of Honor in the White House in 2012 for being an American who unceasingly lifts up and enhances our culture? Even folks who don't like Dylan (usually it's because of his voice and their not knowing all of his lyrics) are proud that he is OUR national treasure, and not the National Treasure of another country. England got the Beatles. I don't think any of those four hold or held a candle to Dylan, but I do admit they influenced the course of Western music, too. Some musical giants, like the subdued Ry Cooder says that the worst thing that happened to popular "roots" music was the Beatles. I think they were inevitable after Buddy Holly changed American music forever on the heels of Elvis and Hank Williams.
Madeline Albright was at the White House along with Dylan and the few others on whom Obama was bestowing the Medal of Honor, the highest of all honors a President can bestow. Bob looked totally unlike the "shirts", but happy, all the same.
Did you know that Pope John Paul's respect for Bob Dylan was so great that he requested an audience with the singer? There is a lovely photo of the two of them both with hands in the prayer position, bowed to each other with foreheads just about touching. The picture brings to my mind Dylan's beautiful song, "Is Your Love in Vain?" These lyrics stand out, "I have dined with Kings. I've been offered wings, but I've never been too impressed".
During the European trip on which Dylan met the Pope, he also met the King of the Gypsies in Southern France. Dylan writes in his autobiography, "Chronicles I" that it made him sad to meet the King of the Gypsies. The reason: The man had had a few strokes or heart attacks, and his many wives except one had left him and taken the mutual children and all the King's money. He was lonely, sad, and living in poverty when Dylan arrived at his residence. But The King of the Gypsies did have some great stories, and I'm sure images from some of them ended up in some of Bob Dylan's later songs.
My Saudi godson told me it was a dumb question to ask him if everyone in Saudi Arabia knows of Bob Dylan. He said, "Pamela, EVERYONE in the WORLD knows who Bob Dylan is." Well, I sure know a lot more than I did three years ago.
I'd like to be able to say I will always have Bob Dylan jewelry in the store, but I won't commit to that. I have no more postage stamps with his image, and copyright laws are something I take seriously. This may be the last of my Dylan items.
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