Bob Dylan Facing The World On His 80Th Birthday

2021-05-24   |   by CusiGO

Today, Monday, Bob Dylan celebrates his 80th anniversary of universal worship: books, records, roundtables, special shows, concerts to commemorate him, and even the Nobel Prize in literature. Not necessarily predictable. You see, no one can deny that Dylan is responsible for raising pop songs to another level; His extensive works have a high success rate; It dominates the tributaries that nourish this river of inspiration; In the contemporary sacred culture, few people have resonance. But that’s not always the case. Dylan has always maintained a fierce relationship with his followers, and this opposition has been shown for a long time. When the civil liberties emergency committee, the lifeblood of New York liberals, presented him with the Tom Paine prize in 1963, he showed them his age and his insistence on distinguishing the left from the right: he even identified with Lee Harvey Oswald, who killed President John Oswald. Kennedy. As a result, he officially abandoned the powerful “fingertip song” and used a more personal way of expression: from “we” to “I”, in a torrent way.

A bumpy jump. In 1965, some of his listeners booed him for appearing in an electronic band. In fact, the employees didn’t know Dylan came from rock music: he covered up that detail in his biography. This kind of reaction has a taste of University, an opportunity for untouchable people to vent their emotions. In fact, he has begun to worry seriously that he will become the leader of anti culture.

Take the cup off me, you must be thinking. Over the years, rebel leaders have been imprisoned and sometimes killed. Dylan’s lyrics seem to be orders and slogans: he named it “weatherman,” the armed resistance. Very cleverly, Dylan disappeared from the movement and put his family on the New York hills. There is a distance of 100 kilometers between Woodstock and Bethel, where famous festivals were celebrated in 1969; Dylan was conspicuous by his absence. It’s been a productive few years, though we can only understand their scale by publishing basement recordings. His last record of the 1960s clearly asked him to withdraw from what was then known as the “movement.”.

Faced with the reluctance of his followers, his anger grew: under the influence of pirates’ great white miracle, he released an equally shabby double album “self portrait”, like “is this what you want?” In addition, fearing a temporary lack of new ideas, he decided to reintegrate into the music community in Greenwich Village, New York. It’s like this, like a madman. Yes, sir. Webman is a fanatic who empties the trash cans looking for evidence of a crime (“Dylan has sold out and is taking heroin”). The subjects lost their cool posture and began to attack the intruders.

The 1970s will be turbulent. Some bands have been redeemed by glorious songs (always young, knocking on the door of heaven) and a record “blood on the track”, which is suffering from divorce. He embarked on the carnival adventure of the rolling thunder review, from which he made a regrettable film (Renaldo and Clara) and a story about the imprisonment of unknown boxer Rubin herrikane Carter. In 1977, Dylan planned to record an album in Spanish at a time when he was trans religious. Simplifying it as a person who grew up in Judaism becoming a Christian does not fully reflect the seriousness of this transformation: it points to a kind of fundamentalism, it condemns the so-called expansion of homosexuality, and it is politically allied with the best fighting Zionism, waiting to fight Communism (real, not metaphorical). There is a pamphlet, published by Naples artist Francisco clement, that transcribes the dozens of terrible philosophers Dylan inserted between songs. You will be surprised at the obstinacy of artists and the dedication of audiences who know Dylan will threaten them with fire and sulfur; These parliaments are no longer in trouble, gospel, the immortal Anthology of their time.

Dylan’s pessimism was restated, but it was finally admitted as a failure: he moved away from the apocalyptic repertoire and restored his golden repertoire. For the rest of the 1980s and 1990s, he tried to re connect with the lost audience and perhaps win new followers. That’s why I’m working with respected producer Mark knopler, the Davids and don Voss to put up with people like Arthur baker or Daniel Lanois. It went through a dry period, covered by a trilogy of old materials. For the tour, he met with friends and fans, such as the grateful dead and improvisation lovers, who would suffer here: “on the stage, he ordered us to play a theme that we didn’t rehearse, and he didn’t know the song!” We may suspect that over the years, it’s basically allowed to handle: the unplugged format seems to be tailor-made, even though its MTV is not plugged in to show a cold artist.

By the end of the 20th century, Dylan’s reputation began to rise. For emotional issues – pericarditis in 1997 reminds us that it’s not permanent – even demographic: it includes a new wave of fans who know nothing about resignations in previous decades, and they certainly can’t tell what he got from Willie Dixon and what he owes Hank Williams. In addition, you can see Bob’s live broadcast, even if you have to put up with the passion and smash his great successes until they sound illegible. The so-called endless journey is full of mystery. There are about 100 concerts a year, not much glory on their American stage, where they sometimes have to perform in casinos, county fairs and university sports centers on Indian reserves; In foreign countries, he did get the honor he deserved.

You can imagine him following a romantic concept: a singer lives to act. When he travels, he usually doesn’t go to museums or scenic spots: most importantly, some boxing houses and – very interesting – the childhood homes of Neil Young, Springsteen and other colleagues. He seems to have solved the annoying recording task: he made his own album under the pseudonym of Jack Frost, usually the main song of blues rock, with pessimistic lyrics and free lyrics. He didn’t lose his taste of spoiling himself, which explains why his Christmas series, jokes in the heart. He did not give up the illusion of being promoted to the category of free exhibition: in the 1960s, he boasted that he had completed the standard complex quarry, and half a century later, he used Sinatra’s singing as an excuse to recreate about 50 samples of such works. Of course, only Bob Dylan understood the joke.