|"From a Buick 6"|
|Single by Bob Dylan|
|from the album Highway 61 Revisited|
|A-side||"Positively 4th Street"|
|Released||September 7, 1965|
|Recorded||July 30, 1965|
|Studio||Columbia, New York City|
|Genre||Blues, garage rock|
|Bob Dylan singles chronology|
|Highway 61 Revisited track listing|
The song is a raucous blues song played recklessly by a band that included Al Kooper on organ and Mike Bloomfield on guitar. The guitar part is patterned after older blues riffs by Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton and Big Joe Williams. It also features a backbeat from drummer Bobby Gregg, a bass line from Harvey Brooks, and a soaring harmonica break. The song starts with a snare shot that is similar to the opening song of Highway 61 Revisited, "Like a Rolling Stone". It is essentially a 12-bar blues pattern, played with power chords, and is notable for Bloomfield's almost indiscernible substitution of an F-chord in the tenth bar of all but the first verses, while the bass and organ play the G-chord.
The song is partially based on Sleepy John Estes' 1930 song "Milk Cow Blues", even taking a few lyrics from the older song, but its approach is more similar to The Kinks' version of a Kokomo Arnold song that was also called "Milk Cow Blues".
- "From a Buick 6" has been covered by musicians such as Gary U.S. Bonds, Mitch Ryder, Treat Her Right, Mike Wilhelm, Alex Taylor and Johnny Winter.
- The name of a 2002 novel by Stephen King, From a Buick 8 is adapted from the title of this song.
- The track "From a Motel 6" on the 1993 Yo La Tengo album Painful is a nod to the title of this song.
- The Billy Bragg song "From a Vauxhall Velox" on the 1984 album Brewing Up with Billy Bragg was written as a response to "From a Buick 6".
- In an Apple presentation held in 2006, Steve Jobs noted that this was his favorite track of all time.
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- Shelton, R. (1997). No Direction Home. p. 280. ISBN 0-306-80782-3.
- Gill, A. (1998). Don't Think Twice It's Alright. p. 86. ISBN 1-56025-185-9.
- "From a Buick 6 covers". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
- "From a Motel 6 [EP] - Yo La Tengo | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
- Sweeting, Adam (5 April 2001). "Driven to distraction". theguardian.com. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
- "Steve Jobs' 10 Favorite Records (And What They Say About Him) | Death and Taxes". 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2018-07-21.