Name dropping in Dylan songs

Automated mind map analysis of important names (only direct mentions are taken into account, references can not be done in an automated analysis) in Dylan songs. The top mentions are from the categories music, film, writers and poets.

I like the double mentions (music/writer) in some Dylan songs. Like: “I’m listening to Neil Young, I gotta turn up the sound” in combination with “I say, I read Erica Jong!” (Highlands). And: I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver” in combination with ‘And I’m reading James Joyce” (I feel a change is comin’ on).

If you would count the references as well, you”ll get much higher scores. Steinbeck for example is not mentioned in any of Dylan songs, but there are plenty of references. For example the line “I can live on rice and beans” (Workingman’s Blues #2) is taken from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

About Hans Buskes

I am a professional mindmapper, I help companies map their business, I am author of two mindmap books. My clients are law firms, municipalities, banks, consultancies and high-tech companies.
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18 Responses to Name dropping in Dylan songs

  1. L B says:

    The song I Shall be Free contained quite a few on your map, but also mentions (not on your map)..President Kennedy ,Willy Mays, Martin Luther King, Olatunji (Nigerian drummer,popular in 60s)

  2. L B says:

    also politics, Fidel Castro, from Motopsycho Nightmare..and from same song, actor ‘Tony’ (Anthony) Perkins.

  3. L B says:

    or politics..In the song Talkin John Birch Paranoid Blues we have John Birch, Betsy Ross,Eisenhower,Lincoln, Jefferson and that Roosevelt guy,as well as the infamous George Lincoln Rockwell.

  4. L B says:

    OK..understood. Then how about important developers/billionaires…”Mr.” Rockefeller , in Hard Times in NY Town…or explorers (same song)… “Mr.” Hudson (Henry Hudson)

  5. L B says:

    …and how about a branch for fictional characters (aside from Bob’s own) like Aladdin and Mona Lisa (is she fictional..hmm)?
    Fun map. Thank you for creating it.

  6. L B says:

    Two writers in the song Joey; Nietzsche and Wilhelm Reich, and in the same song, actor JImmy Cagney

  7. Matt Steichen says:

    and Galileo

  8. Matt Steichen says:

    Also missing Ma Rainey

  9. T-Mac says:

    Remember Catfish Jim Hunter, Million Dollar Man

  10. giorgio says:

    ‘Michelangelo’ too (Jokerman)

  11. Mark says:

    Nice mind map but you missed a boxer, Davey Moore.

    • The analysis is performed by (new) mind map software (and afterwards polished up in iMindmap) so it is not strange that some mentions may have been overlooked, although this one (Davey Moore) is very obvious.
      Thanks for your reaction. Moore has been added to the mind map. If this is the only miss it proves that automated mind map analysis can be a very good tool for research.

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