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Bob Dylan’s Well-known Televised Press Convention After He Went Electrical (1965)


I don’t assume I’m tangible to myself. I imply, I believe one factor at present and I believe one other factor tomorrow. I alter in the course of the course of a day. I wake and I’m one particular person, and after I fall asleep I do know for sure I’m any person else. I don’t know who I’m more often than not. It doesn’t even matter to me. – Bob Dylan, 1997 Newsweek interview

A too-cool-for-school rock star emerged from seemingly nowhere when Bob Dylan went electrical at Newport together with his touring band, the Band — a Dylan unrecognizable to the earnest folkies who adopted Bob Dylan the Greenwich Village troubadour and protest singer. The place did the true Dylan go — the Dylan each singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar tried to turn out to be, till the espresso store scene sagged with hundreds of Dylan-wannabees? Dont Look Again, warned D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 documentary on Dylan in his mid-sixties heyday.

“Don’t look again. One thing is perhaps gaining on you,” mentioned Satchel Paige, giving Pennebaker his title and Dylan a profession outlook.  Those that keep caught up to now — even the very latest previous — would by no means get it, like Mr. Jones in “Ballad of a Skinny Man,” a music critic Andy Gill described as “a livid, sneering, dressing-down of a hapless bourgeois intruder into the hipster world of freaks and weirdoes which Dylan now inhabited.” Those that regarded for solutions discovered them blowing within the wind, even once they went straight to the supply.

Simply above, see the one totally televised press convention Dylan ever gave, for KQED, the tutorial TV station in San Francisco. In attendance have been members of the native and nationwide press, reporters from a number of highschool papers, Dylan’s entourage, and well-known pals like Allen Ginsberg and promoter Invoice Graham. It’s as a lot a efficiency as the following night time’s present on the Berkeley Neighborhood Theater could be. “The questions,” notes Jonathan Cott, editor of The Important Interviews, “ranged from customary straight press and TV reporters’ inquiries to teenage fan membership inquiries to in-group private queries and put ons, to questions by those that actually had listened to Dylan’s songs.”

Dylan’s demeanor in the course of the interview was completely captured by Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-nominated efficiency of a personality named “Jude Quinn” in Todd Haynes’ 2007 art-house biopic, I’m Not There. In scenes impressed by the KQED press convention, Blanchett-as-Quinn toys with the press, simply as Dylan threw labels like “people rock” again at them and refused to get drawn into discussions of philosophy or politics. “I consider myself extra as a music and dance man, y’know,” he says in mock self-effacement, his gaze impenetrable behind Ray-Bans and clouds of cigarette smoke.

Dylan appreciated I’m Not There, a movie that tells his story via six fictional characters, performed by six completely different actors. (“Do you assume that the director was anxious that folks would perceive it or not?” he mentioned. “I don’t assume he cared one bit.”) In contrast to “Jude Quinn,” his post-folk manifestation within the mid-sixties didn’t burn out and die in a motorbike accident, and he didn’t sneer at each query, although he did say he wrote “Ballad of a Skinny Man” as a “response to individuals who ask me questions on a regular basis. You simply get bored with that each on occasion…. I determine an individual’s life speaks for itself, proper?”

However exactly what we don’t discover in Dylan’s music is biography. He retains his interviewers (together with Ginsberg, at 33:00 and Graham, at 25:31 ) guessing, typically greedy after a soundbite that may sum up the brand new sound and picture. Maybe probably the most truthful one he offers them is available in response to the query, “What are you occupied with proper now?” Dylan stares down at his cigarette, and the now-Nobel-prize-winning singer/songwriter says, “I’m occupied with this ash… the ash is creeping up on me someplace — I’ve misplaced — misplaced contact with myself so I can’t inform the place precisely it’s.”

Learn a full transcript of the press convention right here.

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Josh Jones is a author based mostly in Durham, NC. Observe him at @jdmagness



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