Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Bob Dylan at 70
This was early in Dylan's career, & he's still performing & recording. Neil Young became my favorite singer/songwriter/rocker, & I think he has a more impressive total body of work, more interesting failures, but even among his several masterpieces he has no Highway 61 Revisited or Blonde on Blonde. Neil is unimaginable without Bob.
Bob released other albums I really liked: Blood on the Tracks, The Basement Tapes, Slow Train Coming, Time Out of Mind, Love and Theft, some of the box sets, the live Before the Flood with The Band, Bob bellowing through his classics, & other songs here & there. But I had no on-going fascination with him, just respect, In the Seventies I met & chatted with A. J. Weberman, the Dylan-obsessed writer & "garbologist." I thought he was nuts. Dylan had made an indelible impression upon me at an impressionable age. I had the Triumph motorcycle tee shirt Dylan wears on the cover of Highway 61, & I wore it to tatters.
Yeah, Bob Dylan is pretty much why I chose to publish as a Bob instead of Robert. Thanks largely to him I passed on using a good old-fashioned, All-American poet's triple-trochee full name, Robert Norman Rixon.
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