25 Apr 2014
Rubin Carter, the subject of Bob Dylan’s song ‘Hurricane’, died on Monday 21st April. Dylan wrote the song to campaign for the release of Carter, who was convicted of murder in 1966 following an unfair trial. The sentence was overturned in 1985 – ten years after Dylan’s protest – and Carter went on to become executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.
‘Rubin Carter was falsely tried
The crime was murder 'one', guess who testified?
Bello and Bradley, and they both baldly lied
And the newspapers, they all went along for the ride
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool's hand?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game.’
– Bob Dylan ‘Hurricane’ lyrics
Left: Taken from DYLAN IN WOODSTOCK © Elliot Landy
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