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Video – Dylan: “Only A Pawn…”

Filed under: — J.D. @ 4:58 pm

 

Dylan: “Only A Pawn…”
1963 – (two clips)

 

 

 

Note: This video shows Bob Dylan performing the complete version
of “Only A Pawn in Their Game” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963. 
Dylan gives a forceful presentation in this performance, allowing the
listener/viewer to focus on the message of his song.  See also 2nd clip
of Dylan singing this song at historic, August 1963 “March on Wash-
ington,” which follows below.

 

Short Story
See related story on the genesis of “Only a Pawn in Their Game,” Bob
Dylan’s first appearence singing this song in Mississippi, and some of
his other civil rights & protest music @ “Only A Pawn In Their Game.”

 

Video Source
The original source for thie video above is found at You Tube.

[ clip of 1963 “March on Washington” follows below.  May need to 
adjust/increase volume controls to hear Dylan do his song, as the
quality is not the best. ] 

 

 

Note:  This older, poorer quality black & white video, filmed at the
August 1963 “March on Washington,” shows Bob Dylan performing
“Only A Pawn in Their Game.”  Dylan, accompanied only by guitar,
sings from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
at the huge rally of marchers who would later hear from Dr. Martin
Luther King in his famous “I Have Dream Speech.” Camera shows Dylan
performing and pans the crowd, with shots of others, including Ossie
Davis introducing Dylan, and Joan Baez, appearing behind Dylan as he
performs. Sound & picture quality aren’t the best, and you may need to
adjust /increase your volume control, but the film does capture a
bit of the history of that day. Dylan also did “When The Ship Comes In”
in a duet with Joan Baez at the D.C. gathering.  There is also a another
short You Tube clip  of Dylan singing a portion of “Only A Pawn …”
at Greenwood, MS in July 1963.

 

Short Story
See related story on the genesis of “Only a Pawn in Their Game,” Bob
Dylan’s first appearence singing this song in Mississippi, and some of
his other civil rights & protest music @ “Only A Pawn In Their Game.”

 

Video Source
The original source for the video above is found at You Tube.

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Date Posted:  13 October 2008
Last Update:  13 October 2008
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