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May 12, 2014 8:53 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

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 is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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