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Songs from Songs of Innocence and Experience: "The Shephard," "The Blossom," "Laughing Song"


  • Songs of Innocence and Experience

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MGM Records

Songs referecing the writing of William Blake.

With the emergence of modern popular music in the 1950s and 60s, Blake became a hero of the counter culture. Dylan's songs were compared to Blake. Dylan also collaborated with Allen Ginsberg to record two Blake songs. Ginsberg himself performed and recorded many Blake songs, claiming that the spirit of Blake had communicated musical settings of several Blake poems to him. He believed that in 1948 in an apartment in Harlem, he had had an auditory hallucination of Blake reading his poems "Ah, Sunflower," "The Sick Rose," and "Little Girl Lost" (later referred to as his "Blake vision"). -Wikipedia