Hosts of WNTI's Value this! With Brian and Leon, tell us:
Most vinyl records are technologically obsolete, and you're more likely to find them being used for décor than dancing these days, but there will always be a few albums that are going to be worth big bucks. Nothing sells like "Censored" and that's exactly what CBS Television did to Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known by his "groovier" name: Bob Dylan.
In 1963, the "voice of a generation" was scheduled to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show to sing his controversial ditty "Talkin' John Birch Blues" but the network said no way, Jose. (Actually, they said, "No way, Bob.")
"Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues" is a fictitious, satirical story about a man joining the society. It was deemed too hot to handle by the CBS censors. The song was banned. Dylan was so angry that he insisted it also be cut from his poised-for-release album "The Freewheeling Bob Dylan."
Columbia Records complied and halted distribution, but not before a few originals escaped and made their way into the marketplace.
There's no way of knowing exactly how many copies exist. But we do know this: an original "Freewheeling," including the banned song, just sold for more than $20,000! That's a lot of green for singing the blues.
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