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Thread #160763   Message #3816453
Posted By: Jeri
25-Oct-16 - 12:02 PM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
President Obama said in a Rolling Stone interview:
Here's what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you'd expect he would be. He wouldn't come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn't want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn't show up to that. He came in and played "The Times They Are A-Changin'." A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage I'm sitting right in the front row comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it then he left. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought: That's how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don't want him to be all cheesin' and grinnin' with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat.
My opinion is that once someone starts to do what they do for the awards, they're not who everybody wanted to see. Some awards, maybe most, are hoops that are held up for the "honoree" to jump through. It's like paying somebody in advance for something you want from them, when they may not want to give it. If you're giving somebody something because you expect something from them, it's not an award, it's something else. Something that involves a little bit of domination.