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From one of the most underrated performers
on the 1960's came one of the most mysterious records of all time
, which inspired not only a movie
but an answer record
from none other than Bob Dylan. Greil Marcus devotes a chunk of a book
(ostensibly about Dylan) to "Ode," where he makes connections between it and Bonnie & Clyde
, released around the same time.
Someone once said that "Ode To Billy Joe" sounded ancient the day it came out and that may be some part of it's appeal. I remeber hearing the song on oldies stations as a kid and even then being drawn into the mystery of it. I listened to it as I typed this post and I'm still plumbing it's depths today.
posted by jonmc
on Jan 26, 2003 -