Bob Dylan, How Not to be Misinterpreted.

December 19, 2008

Bob Dylan as we know, can sing and write. But did you know he can talk? Dylan always had a way with words while being interviewed. He believed that in order for an interview to be successful, he had to make the reporter feel as uncomfortable as possible. At one point in this example the reporter looks as if he is going to cry. Atta’ boy Bobby. 

Yes, I am aware that I am a part of this media he is so good at bashing. I am also aware that Eleven Magazine will have eleven interviews per issue, meaning that we could potentially be on the receiving end of such a tirade eleven times per publication. What does he accomplish by talking circles around reporters? To provoke thought and prevent interpretation. So why am I interpreting? Good Question. 

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One Response to “Bob Dylan, How Not to be Misinterpreted.”

  1. peter said

    This interview is often pointed to as an example of BD’s cruelty, but I don’t see it that way at all. ‘They’ve got too much to lose by printing the truth.’
    He got that right, something that still isn’t generally understood.

    He’s not just blowing bull… it’s a profound line of talk he’s putting down here. It was a time when cultural lines were being drawn, and with good reason.

    The reporter got a lesson here, if you ask me, I wish there were more interviews like this.

    By the way, I spoke with the director once, and he felt that Bob was really taking a lot of time to get through to the guy, that it wasn’t a gratuitous blow off.

    This is the sound of someone strongly expressing a true counter-cultural opinion in a conversation. A sound rarely heard now.

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