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Bob Dylan: The Basement Tapes (CBS)

Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

THE STORY goes that Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the fastest gun of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, distraught at the death of his beloved Lizzy Siddons, had a large bundle of his poems buried in the coffin with her. In later life, as his creativity waned and he fell into what the Victorians called straitened circumstances, Rossetti reluctantly had poor Lizzy dug up again. The poems were retrieved, published and sold like hot cookies. Rossetti was able to keep himself in brandy and opium for another year.

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