Tuesday, September 22, 2009

“The Jester Sang for the King and Queen…”

The “King and Queen” is the pub next door to my residence where my friends go regularly. It is a traditional Old English pub that has a lot of character, and draws in a mix of local people. The inside of the pub is decorated with pictures of kings and queens of England…and a photograph of Bob Dylan.

On Friday night, one of my friends asked the pub owner about the Bob Dylan photo. He said that Bob Dylan played at the King and Queen in 1962 when he was travelling throughout Europe. It was his first performance in London! He also told us that the line from the Don McLean song, American Pie: “The Jester sang for the king and queen in a coat he borrowed from James Dean” is thought to be a reference to this performance.

An interesting bit of history! For more info, go to:


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