On this day in 1963, Bob Dylan was told at the last minute by CBS executives that he could not perform “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues” on the Ed Sullivan Show. He declined to perform. Here he is signing the tune–which somehow seems relevant again–later that year.
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
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