Sunday, June 14, 2020

The NYTimes Interview: Dylan Sheds Light On Where His Head Is At

It's been a long and winding road. What a long, strange trip it's been.

Bob Dylan's first album of original material is being released and the New York Times has obtained the privilege of interviewing the man, now 79, in depth.

The interview, by Douglas Brinkley, is titled Bob Dylan Has a Lot on His Mind.

It begins with Brinkley sharing a two-hour conversation he had with Dylan two years ago. Topics that passed between them included Franklin Roosevelt, the French Revolution, Malcolm X, World War II and the Sand Creek Massacre. Because of this previous connection, when Dylan released his 17-minute Murder Most Foul via a midnight tweet during the coronavirus lockdown, Brinkley reached out to inquire as to whether Mr. Dylan might be available to continue their discussion.

The Times presents excerpts from two longer interviews with the Nobel Prize winner. In it he gets asked about the songs he's recently released, and their array of characters from Anne Frank to Indiana Jones and the Rolling Stones. When he discusses "I Contain Multitudes" he states, "Every line has a particular purpose."

It would be interesting to know what else Mr. Brinkley asked, and how the rest of the conversation went. And, just for the heck of it, what question would you like to ask if you could have been there for a moment?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Out there
As far
As the eye
Can curve
On the edge
Of Mali blue
How often
Do you see
The mermaids approach