Monday, May 24, 2021

Bob Dylan is 80

Lots of articles about Dylan today, his 80th birthday. From "Bob Dylan Refused to Be the Voice of a Generation," quoting him:
There’s no black and white, Left and Right to me anymore, there’s only up and down, and down is very close to the ground, and I’m trying to go up without thinking about anything trivial such as politics.
A writer at the same site observes;
I had little enough use, myself, for Dylan’s music until I was in my mid 30s. Getting past the image and into the deeper waters is where Dylan is best encountered.
I didn't appreciate Dylan until I was about that age.

Few American musicians have attracted more praise or influenced more artists than Dylan. He even won a Nobel Prize in Literature for his lyrics. Dylan is loved by some and respected without affection by others, yet, for many, the sound of his voice and the words of his songs produce a reflexive revulsion. Either way, Dylan has always been more complex and interesting than the public image embraced by casual fans and bitter detractors alike. ....
From 1971:

"I can see the Master's hand":

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