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More Dylan [Sep. 28th, 2005|11:33 am]
Tony Grist
The second part of the Dylan film has great footage of him talking to the press. The reporters are asking stupid and/or pompous questions and he's swatting them away like flies, mainly saying "no" or turning the question back on the questioner, but it's all good humoured and he's giggling at the inanity and some of the press people are laughing right along. I guess what we're seeing here is the birth of celebrity culture.

The film ends with the incident on the English tour where some protesting folkie in the audience shouts "Judas" and he replies "You're a liar; I don't believe you-" then turns to The Band and tells them to "play it fucking loud." That happened here- in Manchester's Free Trade Hall (now a hotel.) Epic stuff.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-28 07:39 am (UTC)
They were asking him to explain himself. But that's the critic's job. The artist has fulfilled his contract with the public by delivering the work.

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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2005-09-28 09:40 am (UTC)
Very well put!

Although my artist-partner commented to me after the show that now, in the early 21st century, artists are trained/conditioned and expected to explain themselves all the time. Maybe this is more so in the visual arts than in others... So much seems to be required in terms of self-packaging, self-promoting, self-explaining. (And having just helped her rewrite her Artist Bio/Statement for the umpteenth time, I do see this...)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-28 09:49 am (UTC)
I can see that the visual arts might be different.

But with a writer it seems ridiculous that he/she should be required to explain his/her words with yet more words.

And there's always the fear that if you dig too deeply into the source of your own creativity you may accidentally kill the goose who lays the golden eggs.
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2005-09-28 09:55 am (UTC)
I agree, it seems ridiculous, especially for writers. And yes, I think one might risk killing the goose.
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