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Maggie's Farm
    #4432874 - 07/21/05 12:33 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

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When Bob Dylan upped the ante on rock music by plugging in his electric guitar at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, he began his earth-shattering set with "Maggie's Farm." Because of that single event it has become perhaps his most personal protest song, one that he has returned to and reinvented many times.
In '65 Dylan wasn't going to continue being simply a gifted folkie playing for a select, and sanctimoniously purist, circle. In 1976, his Rolling Thunder Revue medicine show barnstormend the country and flew in the face of conventional rock touring. Even in 1978, when he transformed his catalogue into a glitz-fest complete with Vegas-influenced arrangements and an Elvis-inspired big band behind him, "Maggie's Farm" was still front and center confounding the most die-hard Dylan fans. In 1984, on the heels of his well-received Infidels album, which even his toughest critics begrudgingly hailed as yet another comeback success, the song was again recast as a smirking rock crave.
Throughout, "Maggie's Farm" was a symbol for Dylan's highly static, oil-and-water, right-angular career. He wasn't about to work on Maggie's Farm or fulfill any of the expectations of his audience, his management, or the corporate interests behind him not because he hasn't wanted to but because he couldn't even if he did want to. He has simply never been that kind of artist.
Despite its many incarnations in Dylan's storied and stormy career, it was never cast as a bluegrass vehicle. Yet the GratefulDead's version of "Maggie's Farm" (with and without Dylan) owes more to that oeuvre than any other. The Dead's arrangement, which sounds remarkably like their own blue-collar testament "Cumberland Blues," was first worked up for their 1987 shows with Dylan but continued to get an airing out several times a year after that. The Dead's version is also notable because it was one of their few songs in which Garcia, Lesh, Weir, and the keyboardist alternated on the vocal leads.
Appropriately, The Dead performed the song during their 1987 appearance on the Farm Aid III television simulcast.




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Re: Maggie's Farm [Re: Jim]
    #4432883 - 07/21/05 12:34 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Isn't that a RATM song, too?


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Re: Maggie's Farm [Re: WeAreAllOne]
    #4432905 - 07/21/05 12:38 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

rage covered it.


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Re: Maggie's Farm [Re: Jim]
    #4432907 - 07/21/05 12:38 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Wasn't sure if it was the same song or just same name. :thumbup:


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Re: Maggie's Farm [Re: Jim]
    #4432927 - 07/21/05 12:44 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

I aint gonna work for Maggie's brother no more.


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