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March 1: Blood on the Tracks

Lawrence Bush
February 28, 2010

blood-on-the-tracks-album-coverBob Dylan’s raw and painful Blood on the Tracks became the number one record on this day in 1975. Also on March 1st, two years later, his wife Sara Lownds (born Shirley Noznisky) — the subject of “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” among other songs — filed for divorce in California. The couple had four children.
“I can still hear the sound of the Methodist bells
I had taken the cure and had just gotten through
staying up for days in the Chelsea Hotel
writing ‘Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ for you . . .”—Bob Dylan, “Sara”


​​​​Lawrence Bush edited Jewish Currents from 2003 until 2018. He is the author of Bessie: A Novel of Love and Revolution and Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist, among other books. His new volume of illustrated Torah commentaries, American Torah Toons 2, is scheduled for publication this year.