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One line that keeps coming back to me is "There's a party going on behind the Grassy Knoll".  I'll bet there was, not literally right there.  But all those behind those behind the fence and elsewhere where in Dealy Plaza were likely ecstatic.  They had gotten away and JFK was dead.  Those who dreamed it up, planed, organized, directed and controlled it.  I'd bet many of them had a drink or two or a drink too many that afternoon or evening.  I've read of school children cheering at the news in conservative areas where JFK was hated, E.G, Mississippi, Alabama.  Of Santos Trafficante celebrating with his lawyer so ecstatically the lawyer's date left in disgust.  I have to wonder if Dulles, Bissell and Cabbell as well as the Rockefeller's and others didn't join the celebration.

Then the party started all over again two days later when Ruby shot Oswald.

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21 minutes ago, Andrew Prutsok said:

I shouldn't say this, but that's interesting considering the "commercialization" angle brought up by Posner.  I had assumed -- silly me -- that people would download the YouTube release, a large-size .mp4 file (46.3 MB) that includes the video (a static shot of JFK with the song title below).  However, Sony Music is not giving the smaller .mp3 audio file (38.9 MB) away for free...and that's the one people will want for their device playlists.

So, once released as an .mp3 for purchase, this opens the door* for the song to be included in further Dylan "Hits" repackagings, including CD anthologies and other home playback media, ad infinitum.  So Posner, or his handlers, isn't as silly as he, or they, appeared.

*"If indeed there ever was a door," as one of Dylan's lyrics goes.  A song this momentous was probably slotted for "commercialization" long before the YouTube release.

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3 hours ago, David Andrews said:

I shouldn't say this, but that's interesting considering the "commercialization" angle brought up by Posner.  I had assumed -- silly me -- that people would download the YouTube release, a large-size .mp4 file (46.3 MB) that includes the video (a static shot of JFK with the song title below).  However, Sony Music is not giving the smaller .mp3 audio file (38.9 MB) away for free...and that's the one people will want for their device playlists.

So, once released as an .mp3 for purchase, this opens the door* for the song to be included in further Dylan "Hits" repackagings, including CD anthologies and other home playback media, ad infinitum.  So Posner, or his handlers, isn't as silly as he, or they, appeared.

*"If indeed there ever was a door," as one of Dylan's lyrics goes.  A song this momentous was probably slotted for "commercialization" long before the YouTube release.

Aha.  I am somewhat disappointed but not really surprised.  

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5 hours ago, Joe Bauer said:

Great idea K.D.

Surely you jest.  Oliver Stone has fallen into Judyth Baker's web.  He has lost all credibility in my eyes...

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4 hours ago, Andrew Prutsok said:

Commercialization or not I think this is great news.  Many more people are now paying attention to, possibly questioning the ancient history of the JFK assassination.

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5 hours ago, Andrew Prutsok said:

I've never paid much attention to pop music "rankings" during the past 60 years-- at least since the days when "Fun, Fun, Fun" was competing with "She Loves You-- Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" on our local KIMN transistor radio station in Denver--but as a long-time Dylan impersonator I'm, frankly, astonished that this would be his first #1 on Billboard (whatever that is.)

Geez... think of all the utterly ingenious, ground-breaking songs the guy has written through the years-- everything from Blowing in the Wind, Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, and Like a Rolling Stone to Knockin' on Heaven's Door and the Blood on the Tracks album-- Tangled Up in Blue, etc.

I wonder if the Byrds or Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded some pop #1 Dylan covers along the way.

 

 

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David:

Anyone can listen to it or capture it off of You Tube and its been that way since the day it was released.

And well over two million people have listened to it for free.

If Dylan's company makes it an MP3, that was their decision, obviously he did not mean it that way.  And I doubt if it would have gone to number one without the free pre release and all the publicity it got.  Which was really something.

Incidentally, that critical essay I wrote--which Lifton says I wasn't smart enough to do--is far and away the highest rated article at K and K.  In fact it is the highest rated article we have ever posted, going way beyond the previous record holder,  my obituary for James McCord.

Bob Dylan has proven that, no matter how hard the MSM tries, the Kennedy case will  simply not go away.

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Dylan doesn't need the money or adulation at soon 79.  He's already an Icon.  He was making a statement. One that has reached somewhat beyond the MSM bubble for the moment.  Hopefully, maybe, it will stir some interest in the subject in a slightly younger generation if not the youth.

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