Did you catch Part I of Scorsese’s Dylan doc on PBS last night? Some incredible archival footage of Bob’s influences. Odetta, Woody Guthrie, John Jacob Niles, Liam Clancy, Allen Ginsberg, Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez, Bob Neuwirth, Paul Clayton, Gregory Corso, Big Joe Williams … still with me? No?
Well, the good news is Part II (tonight) is supposedly the funny part, chronicling the press conferences where reporters asked Bob questions so clueless, the songwriter went into exile for seven years.
REPORTER: You don’t sing protest songs anymore.
DYLAN: All my songs are protest songs. All I do is protest.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Suck on your glasses.
DYLAN: You want me to suck on my glasses?
PHOTOGRAPHER: Just suck your glasses.
DYLAN: Do YOU want to suck my glasses?
REPORTER: How many other protest singers exist?
DYLAN: About 136.
REPORTER: You say about 136?-or exactly 136?
DYLAN: Either 136 or 142.
Click here to watch (Real) a clip from last night’s show — Dylan performing “Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat” in Dublin, 5/2/66.
Odetta footage was pretty cool, actually. And Dylan was so coherent… what’s up with that?