Friday, March 7, 2008

Bob Dylan stuff

Todd Haynes's much anticipated Bob Dylan biopic is coming soon: I'm Not There — Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Critics who are well known for being full of shit most of the time say the film "jumps all over the place," is "densely idiosyncratic," and lacks "a thread of narrative coherence." In other words, it's a fitting tribute to rock and roll's most iconic absurdist. Dylan's made baffling music (Self Portrait), books (his 1966 novel, Tarantula), and films (1978's Renaldo and Clara, 2003's Masked and Anonymous). (Butchered article from a dumbass online shitcollective called "NY Entertainment")

Time magazine, 1965.

Bob Dylan - San Francisco 1965 Press Conference

Eat the Document, 1965. with John Lennon


Toby said...

As a lifelong fan (but exactly a BobCat) what most saddens or annoys me about people who don't 'get' Bob is that they miss his sense of humour, his humanism, and his fine sense of the absurd.

His way with words goes without saying, but (if you're as old as me) I watched him transform, revitalise, or redirect people's attention back to neglected music forms. Folk, Rock, White Blues, Country, Gospel, he drew on them all and told people to search for the gold among the dross in any form (fashionable or not). On top of that, his own sparkling originality created songs for others to sing (if you just don't 'get' his vocal delivery).

Hey ho, it's they're loss. Currently, his stint as an eclectic DJ (on XM Radio, and on the BBC in the UK) demonstrates most of what I just said - eclectic tastes, wide-ranging knowledge and deadpan humour.
(He pointed out on the BBC one day that when he said the word 'humor' he was adding the silent 'u' for British listeners).


dedroidify said...

I love his sense of humour ;)

I first posted an article with '10 most unintelligeble interviews' for laughs (I find him intelligble, it's the journalists that don't get it :p)

but quickly changed it around to something better!

Don't know half as much as I'd like to about him though, with time ;)


Interesting post, Dedroidify.

YOu must be a fan to have sloggled through all that tape. And since you are, I'd introduce you to my new novel, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, which I think you'd enjoy.

It's a murder-mystery. But not just any rock superstar is knocking on heaven's door. The murdered rock legend is none other than Bob Dorian, an enigmatic, obtuse, inscrutable, well, you get the picture...

Suspects? Tons of them. The only problem is they're all characters in Bob's songs.

You can get a copy on or go "behind the tracks" at to learn more about the book.