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Bob on Bob

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Dylan biopic, “No Direction Home.” The bad news: it’s all about the ’60s (again!), and the quotes you hear floating over the video sound like the usual clichés. (“There is an American collective unconscious, and Bobby somehow tapped into it.” Ugh.) The good news: Dylan seems fully awake in the interview snippets, and the concert footage of “Like a Rolling Stone” is a killer.

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  1. Anonymous

    I’m a big Bob Dylan fan, but I always get a little put off by the “voice of a generation” thing. At what point to we appreciate an artist for his or her achievements and not focus so much on the period they performed in?I think most people read Hemingway today because of his craftsmanship as a storyteller, not because he was the voice of the Lost Generation. that kind of stuff still gets some historical interest, but it’s not the overrriding factor in his continuing importance as a writer.Hopefully, Dylan will continue to be more and more apprreciated as a songwriter and musician and less as some sort of hippie touchstone. After all, once he got into his electric phase, most of his songs were less political and more inventive.

  2. Anonymous

    The ads say “…now you’ll know the man”, but I wouldn’t count on it.

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