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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and the author of the recent Rolling Stone cover story on Bob Dylan and John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds discuss the latest Bob Dylan album and what it means to live in Dylan's America.

Guests:

Douglas Brinkley and John Schaefer

Comments [4]

T WOODS from NORTH OF NYC HENNIKER,NH

AMERICA WOULD BE LOST WITHOUT THE
LIKES OF DYLAN, HAGGARD & KRISTOFFERSON
AND A HANDFUL OF OTHERS.
BOB WHEN YOU GOING TO RUN THE TABLE ON
BROADWAY ??

Jun. 07 2009 01:00 PM
John Freedman

I just don't understand where people see "contempt" in Dylan's on-stage persona! There are only a handful of performers - Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen among them - who are as connected to their work, as committed to creating real art live and in person at every one of his concerts. If you think "How're ya doing, Detroit?!?!?!" is "communicating," go see Madonna or someone else who will talk to you. If you want to see a masterful songwriter and performer create magic before your eyes, then you go see Dylan. Watch Dylan's communication with his muscicians during the concert. Astonishing. You have to understand communication when you see it. Dylan is the real thing. This is a vital artist whose work continues to change us and our world.

Jun. 07 2009 03:56 AM
John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

I went to a Dylan concert at a minor league ball park two years ago. Agreed, he’s a great song writer, and an American icon, but for me, his contempt for his audience tarnishes his star. He played a song with familiar music but incomprehensible words, lights went down, next song, lights down, etc. etc. He had absolutely no connection to the audience. The concert was in Pittsfield, MA, my wife’s hometown, and she wanted to go. Obviously the experience left me cold even though I do like his music.

Jun. 03 2009 10:52 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

Don't tell us that Sarko likes Dylan! That'll kill it for all of us!

Jun. 03 2009 10:52 AM

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