Earlier, I posted about the travesty that is Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There." Without the Cate Blanchett gimmick I can't imagine it would have made a single Ten Best list. There's a new documentary that focuses on Dylan's appearances at Newport from 1963 to 1965 that reveals more about him -- and his shifting image -- than all of Haynes' film. Much of it has been shown on some PBS stations in recent days and it should be out on DVD soon. Here's one of the highlights, from the middle year, 1964, when Dylan was really starting to shape his star attitude. It's one of his greatest, and most poetic songs, "Chimes of Freedom," also surely one of his greatest live performances.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
The real Dylan: He IS There
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