A. J. Weberman

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Alan Jules Weberman (born May 26, 1945), better known as A. J. Weberman, is an American writer, political activist, gadfly, and popularizer of the terms garbology and "Dylanology". He is best known for his controversial opinions on, and personal interactions with, the musician Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan[edit]

Weberman has written on the life and works of Bob Dylan, including creating a word concordance of Dylan's lyrics, and writing the Dylan to English Dictionary published in 2005. One of Weberman's theories on Dylan's songwriting is that some of Dylan's songs are actually about, or addressed to, Weberman himself.[1][2] Some Dylan scholars and biographers have rejected Weberman's interpretations of Dylan's work[3][4][5] while other have not addressed his work.

Rolling Stone magazine called Weberman "the king of all Dylan nuts"[6] and he has been described as obsessively stalking Dylan[7][8] and being "off the deep end".[9] Dylan, annoyed by Weberman who was constantly digging through his garbage,[10] assaulted Weberman on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan.[11] In another article, Rolling Stone reported that Weberman, "a man that terrorized Bob Dylan during the '60s," had now "returned to hassle his son," Jakob Dylan. Weberman claimed that the younger Dylan was a heroin addict.[12]

Weberman expressed his unhappiness with Bob Dylan in a telephone conversation he recorded after digging through Dylan's trash that was made into a 33 rpm LP by Folkways Records.[13]

Other activities[edit]

Weberman has also studied the 1963 assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. Weberman and Michael Canfield's 1975 book on the subject, Coup D’Etat In America, postulates the assassination as part of a coup d'etat led by the Three tramps identified as rogue CIA agents E. Howard Hunt, Frank Sturgis (a contract agent) and David Christ, Head of the CIA's TSD's ELSUR section, angered by Kennedy's failure to remove Fidel Castro from power.[14]

Weberman, along with the Jewish Defense Organization, and JDO chief Mordechai Levy, were successfully sued in 2002 for libel for $850,000[15] by Steven Rambam, a private investigator.

In 2005, Weberman joined forces with Yippies including Dana Beal and Pie Man Aron Kay to turn the long-time Yippie headquarters at 9 Bleecker Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side into a counterculture museum. As of 2006, renovation of the building was partially completed, and a charter from the New York State Board of Regents was granted. The museum would house the remains of Jerry Rubin's roadkill (Rubin was killed by a car) and Abbie Hoffman's trash.[16]

Publications[edit]

  • Weberman, A.J. (1969). Dylanology. Whitepress. p. 25 pages. 
  • Weberman, A.J. (1971). Concordance to the songs, poetry, and assorted writings of Bob Dylan. New York: Private printing. ASIN B00072TJ6C. 
  • Dylan, Bob, and A.J. Weberman (introduction) (1971). Poem to Joanie (Limited edition of 300 ed.). London: Aloes. 
  • Weberman, A.J. Keep the Fuck Outta My Goddam Garbage. Privately printed. p. 22 pages. 
  • Weberman, Alan J. and Michael Canfield (1992) [1975]. Coup D’Etat In America: The CIA and the Assassination of JFK. Quick American Publishing [originally by The Third Press]. ISBN 978-0-932551-10-8. 
  • Weberman, A.J. (1980). My Life in Garbology. Stonehill Press. ISBN 978-0-88373-096-6. 
  • Weberman, A.J. (2005). Dylan to English Dictionary. New York: Yippie Museum Press. ISBN 978-1-4196-1338-8. 
  • Weberman, A.J. "Article (title unknown)". On The Tracks, issue 5. Rolling Tomes. 
  • Weberman, A.J. (2009). RightWing Bob: What the Liberal Media Doesn't Want You To Know About Bob Dylan. BookSurge Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4392-5615-2. 
  • Weberman, A. J. Homothug: The Secret Life of Rudy Giuliani (New York: Yippie Museum Press)
  • Weberman, A. J. (2012). Ron Paul: America's Most Dangerous Nazi. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1470014537. 
  • Weberman, A. J., Bob Dylan: Holocaust Denying Scum, Scribd, retrieved February 8, 2014 

The Weberman tapes[edit]

  • Classic Interviews, Vol. 2: The Weberman Tapes (UK: Chromedreams. US: United States Dist Media, Catalog #541, released May 31, 2005.)
Recordings of telephone conversations between Weberman and Dylan, New York City, January 6 and January 9, 1971. Originally released as Bob Dylan vs. A.J. Weberman on Folkways Records, Catalog #FB 5322, 1977, quickly deleted for legal considerations, but circulated in various bootleg pressings. Original Folkways recording also contains an otherwise unreleased version of David Peel's "The Ballad of A.J. Weberman".
    • East Village Other (periodical), January 19, 1971
    • Authors or editors unknown. The Fiddler Now Upspoke Volume 1 (Desolation Row Promotions, other publishing data unknown)

Other recordings[edit]

  • David Peel and the Lower East Side. "The Ballad of A.J. Weberman", on Santa Claus - Rooftop Junkie (1975, Orange Records. Re-released in box set David Peel, Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw — the Apple and Orange Recordings, 2005, Orange Records)
  • Weberman recordings, private collection[citation needed]
    • Bob Fass Show With A.J. Weberman & Ellen Sanders, WBAI Radio, New York, 1968 (155 minutes)
    • Bob Fass Show, WBAI Radio, New York (Studio discussion with Bob Fass, Allen J. Weberman & Ellen Zander) (Part 1) 1970
    • Bob Fass Show, WBAI Radio, New York (Studio discussion with Bob Fass, Allen J. Weberman & Ellen Zander) (Part 2) 1970
    • Bob Fass Show WBAI Radio New York (Studio Discussion With Bob Fass, Allen J. Weberman & Ellen Zander) (Part 3) 1970
    • Alex Bennett Show, WPLJ Radio, With A.J. Weberman & Anthony Scaduto, 1974 (46 Minutes)
    • John Roberts, telephone interview with A.J. Weberman for The Telegraph, (July 20, 1994) (12 Minutes)
    • A.J. Weberman, WFMU Radio, New Jersey (18 Minutes) (no date given)
    • The Larry King Show with A.J. Weberman, Garbologist (no date given)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rogovoy, Seth (2012). Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet. Scribner. pp. 143–144. ISBN 978-1416559160. Retrieved February 8, 2014. "A. J. Weberman, a renegade journalist who... went on to wage a lifelong campaign of wild theories aimed at proving that Dylan was a capitalist, a fraud, and a junkie, and that his songs were mostly written to and about Weberman himself." 
  2. ^ Weberman, A. J. Bob Dylan: Holocaust Denying Scum. Scribd. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Spitz, Bob (1991). Dylan: A Biography. W. W. Norton. pp. 401–404. ISBN 978-0393307696. Retrieved February 2014. "...A. J.'s misguided interpretations... His psycho-babble about lyrics and poetry had given way to screwy soliloquies..." 
  4. ^ Spitz, Bob (1991). Dylan: A Biography. W. W. Norton. p. 529. ISBN 978-0393307696. Retrieved February 2014. "Fundamentalists interpreted the bible the way A. J. Weberman interpreted Bob Dylan's songs. Any passage could be construed to support their dogma..." 
  5. ^ Curtis, Jim (1987). Rock Eras: Interpretations of Music and Society, 1954-1984. Popular Press. p. 171. ISBN 978-0879723699. Retrieved February 8, 2014. "A. J. Weberman declared himself a Dylanologist by which he meant that he devoted himself to castrating Dylan's songs by reducing them to biographical references. This was nothing more than old-fashioned romantic reductionism... Weberman in his trivialization of Dylan's work..." 
  6. ^ "Rock and Roll Daily", Rolling Stone, June 11, 2007
  7. ^ Cashmore, Ellis (2009). Martin Scorsese's America. Polity. p. 100. ISBN 978-0745645230. Retrieved February 8, 2014. "Celebrity stalker - of which the original obsessive Dylanologist A J. Weberman offers a prototype..." 
  8. ^ Sounes, Howard (2002). Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan. Grove Press. p. 179. ISBN 9780802138910. Retrieved February 8, 2014. "Indeed, despite his great fame, and the attention of obsessives like A. J. Weberman, [Dylan] seemed determined to live as normal a life as possible." 
  9. ^ John Dickerson (May 8, 2014). "The Fan in Me: The world of Bob Dylan obsessives". Slate. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ Egan, Sean (2011). The Mammoth Book of Bob Dylan. Running Press. p. 170. ISBN 978-0762442683. Retrieved February 8, 2014. "When in September 1969 Dylan moved back into New York City, it wasn't long before his Greenwich Village apartment was being visited by one one A. J. Weberman, a semi-unhinged fan who rifled through his garbage..." 
  11. ^ The Answers My Friend, Are Written in This Book By COLIN MOYNIHAN Published: January 16, 2006
  12. ^ "Man no fan of Dylan family," Rolling Stone, July 4, 1997
  13. ^ Dylan v. Weberman
  14. ^ Weberman, Alan J. and Michael Canfield (1992) [1975]. Coup D’Etat In America: The CIA and the Assassination of JFK. Quick American Publishing [originally by The Third Press]. ISBN 978-0-932551-10-8. 
  15. ^ The Hunting of Steven J. Hatfill
  16. ^ Museum will have Abbie’s trash, Rubin’s road kill

References[edit]

  • Roberts, John. A.J. Weberman: Dylanologist (1995, private printing)
  • Roberts, John. "Dear Landlord: The A.J. Weberman Story" in The Telegraph 51 Telegraph 78-91 (periodical), Spring 1995

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