Bob Dylan gives rare interview with author Bill Flanagan. He shares everything from Elvis to Iggy Pop and all things in between in this expansive interview.

Bob Dylan gives rare interview with author Bill Flanagan. He shares everything from Elvis to Iggy Pop and all things in between in this expansive interview. 

Bob Dylan doesn’t give many interviews. He recently sat down for a huge interview  with author Bill Flanagan, which was posted on his website recently. The Q & A  is over 8,000 words and covers fascinating tales and opinions like only Bob Dylan could get away with. He shares  about meeting Frank Sinatra and what he watches on his tour bus (“all the time, non-stop”). He recalls that he and George Harrison ditched out on a recording session with Elvis. He mentions Iggy Pop’s 2012 album Apr├ęs is a phenomenal record.  It’s a captivating , life-spanning conversation. Thanks to Pitchfork we have excerpts below, and make sure you read the entire thing here.
On critics calling Triplicate a “nostalgic” album:
Nostalgic? No I wouldn’t say that. It’s not taking a trip down memory lane or longing and yearning for the good old days or fond memories of what’s no more. A song like “Sentimental Journey” is not a way back when song, it doesn’t emulate the past, it’s attainable and down to earth, it’s in the here and now.
On the recent deaths of Muhammad Ali, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen, and Leon Russell:
We were like brothers, we lived on the same street and they all left empty spaces where they used to stand. It’s lonesome without them.
On Amy Winehouse’s music:
I liked Amy Winehouse’s last record.
Were you a fan of hers?
Yeah, absolutely. She was the last real individualist around.
On playing piano at live shows more than guitar:
I play [guitar] at sound checks and at home, but the chemistry is better when I’m at the piano. It changes the dynamics of the band if I play the guitar. Maybe it’s just too tedious to go back and forth from one to the other. I’m strictly a rhythm player anyway. I’m not a solo player and when the piano gets locked in with the steel guitar, it’s like big band orchestrated riffs. That doesn’t happen when I’m playing guitar. When I play guitar it’s a different band.
On his friendship with Ornette Coleman:
I knew Ornette a little bit and we did have a few things in common. He faced a lot of adversity, the critics were against him, other jazz players that were jealous. He was doing something so new, so groundbreaking, they didn’t understand it. It wasn’t unlike the abuse that was thrown at me for doing some of the same kind of things, although with different forms of music.
On growing up in Northern Minnesota:
In the north it’s more hardscrabble. It’s a rugged environment—people lead simple lives, but they lead simple lives in other parts of the country too. People are pretty much the same wherever you go. There is good and bad in most people, doesn’t matter what state you live in. 

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