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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.

[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-09-28 08:19 am (UTC)
I know in the past few years I have been mightily disappointed when Dylan played our State Fair (a venue known for artists on their way *Up* or on their way *down*).

I have mixed feelings about Dylan. While I admire his music. Like many others, I felt he 'sold out'. Then I realized that he'd been selling out, since he began recording. No one is in business to lose money. *We* made him what he is, whatever that is. Needing to get 'away' from the obsessed fans says more about the fans than it does about him, too.

I fell asleep halfway through the first hour, last night. (this says less about the movie than it does about me. I'm very tired.) I'm sure it will be shown again, and I will want to watch it. If nothing else, he is a mass of contradictions.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-28 08:42 am (UTC)
For me his artistic restlessness is a big plus. He gets bored easily and keeps wanting to try something new. I can relate to that. I think there's something heroic about the way he's kept surprising (and alienating) his fans.
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