Monday, January 2, 2012

The Song That Kept Bob Dylan From Apprearing On The Ed Sullivan Show In 1963 Bob Dylan Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues Live at Town Hall 1963 (8/25)

The above song is from the Town Hall Concert in New York City April 12th 1963.

The quote below is from the wikipedia entry on The Ed Sullivan Show.
"Bob Dylan was slated to make his first nationwide television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on May 12, 1963, and intended to perform "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues", a song he wrote lampooning the John Birch Society and the red-hunting paranoia associated with it. During the afternoon rehearsal that day, CBS officials told Dylan they had deemed the song unacceptable for broadcast and wanted him to substitute another. "No; this is what I want to do", Dylan responded. "If I can't play my song, I'd rather not appear on the show." He then left the studio, rather than altering the act."

Bob Dylan never appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.