Bob Dylan’s new song not only articulates the madness that undermines the American experience, but supplies a certain kind of corrective, a tonic, for that kind of insanity.
But really, what is a Bob Dylan concert these days if not a case study in transformation?
It’s worth pointing out that Martin Scorsese’s documentaries, especially his music-based ones, can be as powerful as his fictional work.
“I see him as the greatest artist of the English language, it happens to be in song, of the second half of the 20th century.
The power of Allen Ginsberg’s legacy could be felt in the controversy over the decision to award Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The set proved that Bob Dylan remains, among many other things, one of music’s great contrarians.
Bob Dylan had been soundly booed for playing a set plugged. What ninnies dictate the rules in the backwater world of American folk music!
“My idol was Pete Seeger, even before I moved to the Village. He still is.”
It may seem a bit like overkill, and in many ways it is, but that all depends on your perspective.
Unlike past concerts where Dylan gave what he could but the audience gave nothing back, at the Orpheum Bob seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself on stage.