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Bob Dylan ‘s relationship with women over the years has been shrouded in mystery and pretty clear in his songwriting. From tenderly understanding songs like 1963’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” to the more cleverly condescending “Sweetheart Like You,” the women in Dylan’s life have consistently played a significant role in his work. “I’ve always been drawn to a certain kind of woman. It’s the voice more than anything else. I listen to the voice first,” he told Spin in 1985. “A body is a body. A woman could be deaf, dumb, crippled and blind and still have soul and compassion. That’s all that matters to me. You can hear it in the voice.” Whether or not it was her voice that did the trick, Dylan’s first wife, Sara Lownds, captured something in him. Born Shirley Marlin Noznisky, Lownds had moved to New York City in 1959, married magazine photographer Hans Lownds and changed her name to Sara. Sometime around 1964, while her marriage was crumbling, she met Dylan, who was then still romantically linked to fellow folk singer Joan Baez . Before long, Lownds and Dylan became involved. (It was Lownds, who worked for a time as […]

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