Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (album)

Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (Album)

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Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid is a soundtrack album released by Bob Dylan in 1973 for the Sam Peckinpah film of the same name. Dylan himself appeared in the film as the character "Alias". Consisting of primarily instrumental music and inspired by the movie itself, the soundtrack introduced one of Dylan's most beloved songs—and biggest hits—"Knockin' On Heaven's Door", which became a trans-Atlantic Top 20 hit.

A gold record, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid reached #16 US and #29 UK.

Casting and filming Bob Dylan in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Sometime in 1972, Rudy Wurlitzer approached Dylan about contributing music to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. An old friend of Dylan's, Wurlitzer had written the film's original screenplay.

"Rudy needed a song for the script," Dylan said in an interview taken in 1973.

Soon, Dylan was interested in contributing more than just "Billy" (described by Clinton Heylin as "a fine return to the ballad form he had forsaken after John Wesley Harding"). Dylan asked Wurlitzer if acting in the film was possible, an idea Wurlitzer was reluctant to support.

Around Thanksgiving Day, Dylan and his wife travelled to Durango, Mexico, where Sam Peckinpah was filming Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Dylan had always expressed an interest in Mexican culture, and he was more than willing to make the trip.

According to Kris Kristofferson and James Coburn—each of whom were cast in one of the title...
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