Bob Dylan has unexpectedly released his first new music since 2012. A17-minute song about the assassination of John F Kennedy. It is a great song.

The Nobel Prize-winning artist, 78, shared the track called ‘Murder Most Foul’ with a short message to fans on Friday morning.

“Greetings to my fans and followers for all your support and loyalty across the years,” Dylan wrote on his official Twitter account. “This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. “tay safe, stay observant and may God be with you. Bob Dylan.”

It is not clear just how recently Dylan wrote the track, although many are suggesting that from the sound of his voice, it is a relatively recent

recording

The sprawling, piano-led song starts by recalling the infamous day in November 1963, on which the US president was shot dead while riding in a car through Dallas.

It goes on to reference other major events and figures of the 60s, from the Beatles to Woodstock.

It remains to be seen whether this new song will form part of a new album, or if it is just a standalone release. A new studio album would be the 39th of Dylan’s long and storied career, in which he established himself as one of the preeminent songwriters of Western culture.

You can listen to the song by clicking here: Bob Dylan: Murder Most Foul

Source: Rolling Stone

UK-EU talks on a post-Brexit trade deal will go ahead as planned next week, despite the chief negotiator on each side being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Much of Europe is on lockdown, so Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove will meet EU officials via video link.

The UK’s David Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier are are in self-isolation after testing positive.

Downing Street insisted there would “no change” to its timetable for getting a trade deal done.

Under the terms of its withdrawal agreement with the EU, the UK has until the end of the year – during which it will continue to follow most Brussels rules – to reach a deal.

The UK has ruled out any deadline extension. But European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned it will be “impossible” to reach a comprehensive deal within that timescale.

Speaking last month, Mr Gove threatened that the UK could walk away from talks in June if the two sides had not agreed the “broad outline” of terms by then.

The government also published a 30-page document outlining its priorities for negotiations,

The first meeting of the joint UK-EU committee is due to take place by video conference on Monday, with Mr Gove facing European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the talks would “oversee the implementation, application and interpretation of the withdrawal agreement and will seek to resolve any issues that may arise from it”.

Mr Johnson announced on Friday that he had contracted coronavirus but was continuing to work in self-isolation.

Brexit happened on 31 January after Mr Johnson’s Conservatives won the general election by a landslide.

This ended more than three years of Parliamentary dispute and implemented the result of the 2016 referendum, in which 52% of UK voters chose not to stay in the EU.

Source: BBC

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