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Re: New book: The Wichita Lineman

Post by Mike Joyce » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:06 am

Hi Cowpoke I assume you have read the book now. It would be great to get your thoughts on it. I got a copy over christmas and read in January. I was surprised that a book could be written about one song, but as I started to read it I realised it also did a lot of back story on Glen, Jimmy the music scene at that time and of course Dylan's own relationship with the song and numerous other artists. On the whole I really enjoyed the book, but I am someone who likes to get deep into a subject that I enjoy and any new information is always welcome. There is a section where Jimmy is interviewed by Dylan Jones, and that is worth having the book for on it's own, but there is so much more to the book than that. It certainly cleared up a few questions for me. I.E I never understood the fact that Jimmy sent Glen the outline of the song and hadn't heard anything for a couple of weeks. Then Jimmy saw Glen, and said "I guess you didn't like the song" to which Glen said "sure we recorded it" to which Jimmy said "but it wasn't finished yet" and Glen responded "it is now". After hearing that story, I couldn't understand how the song then has Jimmy playing his organ on it, if it was finished. It turns out that the basis track was laid down but it was still in the production stage and it was during that point that Jimmy played Glen his organ part which he thought would work well on the outro. A decades old Mystery solved. The book can sometime be abit rambling especially when Dylan keeps describing the Midwest and the imagery of the song and the Lineman's thinking etc, but that is only a small aspect of the book I felt could have been edited down a bit. I did like the story that a listener was saddened that the lineman was dead left hanging on the line at the end of the song. Shows, you never know how the lyrics are perceived by some individuals.
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Re: New book: The Wichita Lineman

Post by Cowpoke » Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:23 pm

Very nice new article about the song Wichita Lineman.

https://www.idahostatejournal.com/opini ... 625af.html

No reference to the new book.


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Re: New book: The Wichita Lineman

Post by jay » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:20 am

I like the "lineman" on the stark road...but it seems like he is on Mars.
Cowpoke...let me know if it is worth the read.
A whole book is pretty incredible.



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Re: New book: The Wichita Lineman

Post by Cowpoke » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:09 pm

All the Versions of Wichita Lineman Mentioned on p. 151 of Dylan Jones's The Wichita Lineman (Except Those Not Available on Spotify)

https://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/ ... n-spotify-

And a few essential versions, criminally not available on Spotify:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEiVvL8W0yk (Sammy Davis jr.)


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New book: The Wichita Lineman

Post by Cowpoke » Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:20 pm

Writer Dylan Jones wrote a whole book about one song we all know... The Wichita Lineman - Searching in the sun for the world's greatest unfinished song.
Made popular by Glen Campbell, the song was recorded in an unfinished form, but, as Jones authoritatively explores its creation, reception and near-mythic aftermath, one understands why none other than Bob Dylan referred to it as the greatest song ever written.
I never knew Bob Dylan said that!

Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/ ... he-reviews

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PS: a new blog about Wichita Lineman was also recently published here: https://durangoherald.com/articles/2896 ... l-vacation


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