Friday, April 20, 2007
Look mama I'm on the cover of the Rolling Stone!
they did it again, damn... as usual Bob Dylan's interviews with that magazine are some of his best ever
check out here www.rollingstone.com if you want to hear the man himself speaking
For our 40th anniversary, the editors of Rolling Stone have interviewed twenty artists and leaders who helped shape our time. Over the next four weeks, every day, we’ll be debuting exclusive audio clips from the Q&As, giving you unparalleled access to some of the most compelling personalities in history.
Today we present Mr. Tambourine Man himself, Bob Dylan. One of the most important and influential artists of the past century. The voice of an entire generation. Blonde On Blonde and Blood on the Tracks, etc. A man so complex, it takes a combined six actors to portray him in an upcoming biopic. And that’s not even scratching the surface of Bob Dylan’s legend. Sitting down with Rolling Stone founder and editor-in-chief Jann S. Wenner, Dylan ruminates about the music that inspired him as a young man, where he stands in terms of religion, the ongoing metamorphosis of his songs, the 1960s and The Beatles. Listen to five highlights from their conversation, and for the magazine’s definitive profile, pick up your copy of our 40th Anniversary issue on newsstands today.
1. Jann Wenner interviews Bob Dylan, as Bob Dylan interviews Jann Wenner about his magazine’s 40th anniversary: “You’re the one who’s here to be celebrated. Forty years…forty years with a magazine that obviously now has intellectual recognition. Did you ever think that would happen when you started?”
2. Even Bob Dylan needs inspiration. Here, he talks about a few of the heroes that helped mold Dylan: “Robert Johnson had just died, three years before I was born. All the great original artists were still there to be heard, felt and seen. Once that gets into your blood, you can’t get rid of it that easily…”
3. Dylan talks about a few of the artists that reside with him atop rock’s Mount Olympus: “Lennon, to this day, it’s hard to find a better singer than Lennon was, or than McCartney was and still is. I’m in awe of McCartney. He’s about the only one that I am in awe of. He can do it all. And he’s never let up…”
4. Dylan, who released a trilogy of piously Christian albums when the 1970s turned 1980s, discusses his attitude toward religion today: “Religion is supposedly a force for positive good. Where can you look in the world and see that religion has been a force for positive good? Where can you look at humanity and say, ‘Humanity has been uplifted by a connection to a godly
JW: What is your faith these days?
BD: Faith doesn't have a name. It doesn't have a category. It's oblique. So it's unspeakable. We degrade faith by talking about religion. Its not about religion, its about faith... faith is a different matter...”
5. Having long ago conquered the music scene, Dylan talks about the tribulations of making the transition into best-selling author: “A song, you can keep it with you, you can hum it, you can kind of go over things when you’re out and around, you can keep it in your mind. It’s all small. But you can’t do that with a book. If you want to check it, you have to reread what you’ve done. It’s very time-consuming… “
Check back Monday for the next installment of our twenty-part audio interviews, featuring some of the most iconic and influential pop culture figures of the last 40 years. We’ll give you two hints as to Monday’s interview. Hint #1, Dylan discusses this person in his interview. Hint #2, this quote:
We were just riding the crest of this wave, this artistic wave. And, as I say, it was particularly nice because some people had thought that we’d dried up, and here we were at this peak. It was pretty cool to have that amount of influence….
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