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Thread #84959   Message #1571863
Posted By: GUEST
29-Sep-05 - 03:44 AM
Thread Name: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
Subject: RE: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
What came out loud and clear is that he has always been who he is, not who his fans want him to be, nor how the rest of the world perceived him to be. I thought the way he handled all the really stupid questions that have been put to him was superb - not merely put-downs (which would have been easy) but a clear indication of his bemusement at the perceptions people had of him and the boxes they wanted to put him in.

The protestors came across as ridiculous; just the same as the jaundiced, anal views expressed about him on this forum now and again....and again. He never, ever, claimed to be politically aware, so any jibes about his politics demonstrate a 100% misunderstanding of what he was about - ask Joan Baez (wasn't she great). And anyone who knows anything about him will know that there never was a Dylan Thomas connection. Though the "pundits" widely claim that Thomas was his "favourite poet", Dylan categorically denies that, and particularly denies that is where the name came from, no matter how it's pronounced. In fact, he was Dylan long before he discovered poetry and long before he ever wrote a proper song.

Altogether a fantastic film that shows his brilliance and confirms the almost total adulation of his peers then and now. And in his quiet way, "Bob Dylan now" might just have stolen the show.

cheers, Terry