“Visions of Johanna” – The Never Ending Tour (Summer 2000)

by Peter Wendel
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Bob Dylan’s lyrical work – always spinning along like its own synoptic gospel, telling the same story in the same order with different words – reaches a zenith in “Visions of Johanna.” The song is, although a ballad, an out-and-out Rock song. It carries on its back elements of the Blues, plenty of Folk lines, and something peculiarly American: experimentation that artistically bends and almost breaks the past.

“Visions of Johanna” is one of SongMango’s hand-selected DNA Source Songs. Read more here.


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Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.

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