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Continued: Feb. 3, 1978: Dylan: Minnesota, myth and movie

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Minneapolis Star
  • Last update: February 2, 2013 - 10:28 PM

strong>Q Do you understand them better now?

A  No. No, I understand them less than I ever did understand. Environment doesn’t seem to affect what I do very much.

strong>Q What moved you to make “Renaldo & Clara”? Has it been with you a while?

A Yeah. The concept of the dream filtering into daily life, you know. It was the movie I hoped to make before I made any other movie.

Q Earlier you said your TV special last year, “Hard Rain,” was made just for your audience. Do you feel that the film is just for your audience?

Yeah. At this point in time, I don’t know how large or small that audience is. I haven’t been on the road for a while. I feel it’s for people who are lined up with my particular kind of music and my particular kind of feeling. That’s who it’s for. A lot of people don’t like Picasso or a lot of people don’t like Ernest Hemingway or Proust. It’s not for everybody as my thing isn’t for everybody. There’s no reason why it should be.

Q The movie doesn’t really answer the question “who is Bob Dylan?” It just further fuels the mystique.

A There is no answer to who Bob Dylan is. It’s a misleading question…Well, Socrates said, ‘Know thyself.’ We spend a lifetime finding that out. But the names don’t necessarily mean something. We are underneath the name what we really are. Back there where the soul is, is who we really are…And like Woody Guthrie said, ‘We’re all one soul, anyhow.’ So, it doesn’t matter.

Q Does your work give that answer?

A Yeah. The whole stream of my work probably adds up to who Bob Dylan is.

Q When you create or write, do you do it for yourself or others? Is it basically self-expression or is it meant to be shared?

A I write for myself first…It’s meant to be projected. Shared…That’s something only God would know.

Q You said earlier that it doesn’t matter to you how your audience interprets your work. Do you think some people have blown your work out of proportion?

Yeah. Yeah, but not in any abominable way.

Q At various points in the movie, you come to grips with the portrayal of Bob Dylan as God, Bob Dylan the prophet of his generation.

A  We’re dealing with that subject like every man has to deal with that subject. Every man carries that around with him. It’s not necessarily God. It’s the concept of the all-purpose savior. The extension of God. What we’re dealing with in the film is not God so much, bu the evidence of God.

Q Would it bother you if people didn’t accept your work?

A Well…I’m out there pretty far…because of an audience and crowd that seems to accept it. Now, I’m there performing as a servant. The work comes through me. I perform it. It never actually occurred to me that it’s actually me that’s doing it. I’m a vehicle to express it.

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