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Dylan on 60 Minutes

December 3, 2004

This Sunday (12/5), following the NFL game, CBS 60 Minutes presents a rare interview with Bob Dylan. Ed Bradley introduces the legendary singer/songwriter in his first tv interview in nearly 20 years. 60 Minutes airs in the U.S. at 7 p.m. ET/PT and 6 p.m. CT. Dylan recently had his song Like a Rolling Stone named the best rock song ever by Rolling Stone Magazine (perhaps not a coincidence). Holding 10 spots on the list of 500 songs compiled by 172 artists, industry folks and critics, Dylan came in 3rd place in total entries behind the Rolling Stones (14) and the Beatles (23).

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at December 3, 2004 4:01 PM


Dylan seemed uncomfortable for the whole interview. It would have been nice to have someone who was familiar with his music doing the interview.
Seems like Dylan has this fleeting fame and fortune thing in perspective though.

Posted by: Terence Sikoryak at December 6, 2004 7:06 AM

I agree with Terence concerning the interviewer. I was hoping for much better questions. But Dylan has never appeared comfortable on TV. To me, that is to his credit. He has said all along that the important thing is to listen to his music. I saw him last summer on his "baseball park tour" and he never sounded better. The best song and dance man of our generation. Remember, "nothing was revealed" and "none of them along the line knew what any of it was worth".

Posted by: John Polk at December 7, 2004 8:20 AM

Bob on 60 Minutes? Well should we be atall surprised that he appeared a mite uncomfortable or was not a particularly chattly fellow? Having seen him live numerous times and have yet to hear him utter a word other than when he was singing anything else would have been a total surprise. Of course I've also seen Ed Bradley interview Keith Richards on the same program and came away equally mystified so I think the problem doesn't necessarrily lie with the interviewer but rather with his subjects.

Posted by: Art Soper at December 7, 2004 10:30 AM

It's all predictable, what I have to say.
It was great seeing Bob, he's been such a big part of my life. I would have been disapointed if he had tried to "explain" anything at all.
(Van Morrison addressed that idea in song.)
Dylan has been like the jet stream all these know it's there, you feel it...but you don't really know what it is. Don't need to.

Posted by: Randy Thompson at December 8, 2004 8:50 PM

Great metaphor, Randy, about Dylan being the jet stream of folk music. It's interesting that Pete Seeger has often referred to the vast eclectic world of folk songs/lyrics/styles/histories as the "great trickling streams." And so it is clear that if we are trickling streams, Dylan's contribution is the jet stream.

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