From: email@example.com (Joseph Cliburn) Date: Fri, 17 Nov 1995 04:35:44 GMT Subject: An unpatriotic rotten doctor commie rat Lines: 83 "He threw a _Reader's_Digest_ at my head & I did run..." Many years ago, I found a paperback book in a pile of newspapers & magazines whilst cleaning up after a tornado. An impressionable 9th grader who'd just bought his 1st Dylan album (JWH) spied his hero's name on the book cover. I'd forgotten all about it, but it fell in my lap the other day while I was shuffling books in the attic. A damn sight better than what happened to fatron when he tried to retrieve his copy of "Ten of Swords" to list with the BDBDB... Oh, well, fasten your seat belts bibliographers; this is a wierd one. Noebel, David A. _Rhythm,_Riots_and_Revolution_ (Tulsa OK: Christian Crusade Publications, 1966). According to the back cover, the paperback was priced at $1; cloth- bound was $3. Inside the front cover is the handwritten admonition, "Read and pass on."
The cover features acrude sketch of a guitarist that looks enough like Bob Dylan to get the attention of a 14 yr old afflictee who hasn't quite realized that he has the bug & just enough *not* like Bob Dylan to avoid any obvious lawsuits. The drawing features pronounced lines on its face, so that this "portrait" done in the year of Dylan's electrification, almost looks like the bard of today. (Okay, you have to have a few beers, but if you squint...) Come on out the dark is beginning...the title page is revealing: RHYTHM, RIOTS AND REVOLUTION by Rev. David A. Noebel AN ANALYSIS OF THE COMMUNIST USE OF MUSIC -THE COMMUNIST MUSIC MASTER PLAN- Among several quotes on the cover is this gem, which proves that Craig comes by it natural: "I want my woman dirty, looking as though I'd just found her in some alley ... It triggers the animal emotion..." - Bob Dylan The book (which I have read because the actual text is very short) is froth-mouthed polemic of the dying-McCarthyism school. It's generally directed at the folkies of the 50s & early 60s: the Almanac Singers/Seeger/W.E.B. DuBois Club "fifth amendment patriots." Bob Dylan is referenced 16 times in the index. There's a chapter titled "Prince of Rock'n'Folk" & another is "'Eve of Destruction' and 'Like a Rolling Stone'." Here's a particularly fine bit of phrasing for an event that most will remember: "For Dylan's usefulness to the Communist Party and his open & defiant attitude toward anti-Communism, the Communist front, Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, presented Dylan with its Tom Paine Award..." (p 220) The author is described as pastor & dean of the Christian Crusade Anti-Communist Youth University. (I am NOT making this up...) He is described on the front cover as "author of the best seller "Communism, Hypnotism & the Beatles." There's a note that he was also an "associate member of the Southwestern Philosophical Society." Might there be any EDLISians familiar with that organization, DanB? Almost a third of the book itself is composed of reproductions of reports by such groups as the California Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities & U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities. Looks like every piece of correspondence the guy got is in there, too. He musta had one of those secret membership cards. "So, I ran down most hurriedly & joined the John Birch Society..." Joe -- Joe Cliburn firstname.lastname@example.org "Obviously, I'm not an IBM computer any more than I'm an ashtray." - Dylan