Parental Advisory - Eric D. Nuzum (2009)But if you go backward another decade the references get more specific. Both a 1993 Issue of Colorado Libraries and a 1991 issue of School Library Journal go a step further and carrying an article that quotes original source material in the story. This time accusing the Dylan lyrics of being "indecipherable." High school literature students may not be able to use quote marks correctly, but library trade magazines certainly can. Regardless, this is still more than 2 decades after the event supposedly occurred. The gap strains incredulity. It's also worth mentioning that zero of his many biographies even mention the event.
Influences: Music and Society - Joshua Hanes (2006)
The Rough Guide to Cult Pop - Paul Simpson (2003)
The Joy of Swearing - Alison Maloney (1999)
The 1968 date also stands out as plausible. While it was the year between his release of John Wesley Harding (1967) and Nashville Skyline (1969,) the former was released on December 27th and any reaction to it could easily have occurred in the following year.But how much rock n' roll was even on the El Paso radio band in 1968? El Paso had only three FM stations by then: 88.5 KTEP, 94.7 KPAK, and 99.9 KTSM. The AM band was more filled out: 600 KROD-AM, 920 KELP-AM, 960 KHEY-AM, 1590 KINT-AM, 1150 KIZZ-AM, and 1360 KTSM-AM. There were also some border blasters like XEROK, and others, but generally speaking border blasters didn't ban anything... it was part of their charm.