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What's Real in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Drawing the facts out from the fiction in the Coen Brothers' new film
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Bob Dylan's Shadow

As Davis leaves the Gaslight after his ultimate performance, he turns back to catch a glimpse of a raggedy singer with a shaggy mess of hair, thin, raspy voice, and harmonica holder around his neck performing the traditional, "Farewell." Davis is unfamiliar with the performer, but the silhouette is unmistakably Dylanesque. By 1962, Dylan was a regular at the Gaslight. Van Ronk even helped arrange for some of Dylan's Gaslight sets to be recorded for a widely circulated bootleg collection that would eventually see official release in 2005 as Live at The Gaslight 1962

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