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Bob Dylan Discusses Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Iggy Pop, Amy Winehouse & New 'Triplicate' Album In Rare Interview. A quote:
Did a young Dylan feel like rock and roll was a new thing, or just an extension of Ellington's groove?
"Rock and roll was indeed an extension of what was going on – the big swinging bands – Ray Noble, Will Bradley, Glenn Miller, I listened to that music before I heard Elvis Presley. But rock and roll was high energy, explosive and cut down," says Dylan in the most extensive answer of the 8,000-word interview. "It was skeleton music, came out of the darkness and rode in on the atom bomb and the artists were star headed like mystical Gods. Rhythm and blues, country and western, bluegrass and gospel were always there – but it was compartmentalized – it was great but it wasn’t dangerous. Rock and roll was a dangerous weapon, chrome plated, it exploded like the speed of light, it reflected the times, especially the presence of the atomic bomb which had preceded it by several years. Back then people feared the end of time. The big showdown between capitalism and communism was on the horizon. Rock and roll made you oblivious to the fear, busted down the barriers that race and religion, ideologies put up. We lived under a death cloud; the air was radioactive. There was no tomorrow, any day it could all be over, life was cheap. That was the feeling at the time and I’m not exaggerating."
If you click on to the full interview it's much better. I love hearing what musicians listen to in their off time. It's often so much more interesting than the music they perform. That interview took a long time to read because I kept looking up songs on Youtube that Dylan would mention. I'm not the biggest Dylan fan, but he wrote many of my favorite songs that other people sing; Leon Russell, Neil Young, The Dead, John Cash. No doubt about it, he's one of America's song birds. It's funny picturing him having dinner with Sinatra.
Thanks for posting. I wouldn't have come across it otherwise.