WikiLeaks reveals America nearly turned to Bob Dylan to fight communism in Soviet Union
The US Government had suggested musicians Bod Dylan, Don McLean, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor as part of a plan to undermine communism in the Soviet Union in the 1970s.Updated: Apr 10, 2013 13:48 IST
The US Government had suggested musicians Bod Dylan, Don McLean, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor as part of a plan to undermine communism in the Soviet Union in the 1970s.
Communications from the US Embassy in Moscow, published by Wikileaks, suggested sending high profile rock stars on tour.
It also revealed that artists Neil Young, Crosby Still & Nash and Carly Simon were also potential performers to be approached.
According to the Telegraph, in a memo sent to Washington in January 1975, headed Cultural Presentations: Popular Music Group, the US Ambassador in Moscow Walter Stoessel Jr said he believed "top performers who are both eminent in the field and genuinely creative artists should be approached first before considering ones of lesser stature and perhaps less creative talent".
He said that in addition to Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Don McLean and Joni Mitchell, who had already been discussed, he wished to suggest Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, Carly Simon and Carole King all with appropriate back-up groups.
The communications were among more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence documents published by WikiLeaks.
They date from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976 and were not leaked, but are held in the US national archives.
Many of the communications were sent by or to then US secretary of state Henry Kissinger. Some were originally marked as secret, the report added.
First Published: Apr 10, 2013 13:43 IST