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“Every singer has three or four or five techniques, and you can force them together in different combinations. Some of the techniques you discard along the way, and pick up others. But you do need them. It’s just like anything. You have to know certain things about what you’re doing that other people don’t know. Singing has to do with techniques and how many you use at the same time. One alone doesn’t work. There’s no point to going over three. But you might interchange them whenever you feel like it. It’s a bit like alchemy.”

 

Bob Dylan

“Early on, before rock ‘n’ roll, I listened to big band music – anything that came over the radio – and music played by bands in hotels that our parents could dance to. We had a big radio that looked like a jukebox, with a record player on the top. The radio/record player played 78rpm records. When we moved to that house, there was a record on there, with a red label. It was Bill Monroe, or maybe it was the Stanley Brothers. I’d never heard anything like that before. Ever. And it moved me away from all the conventional music that I was hearing.”

 

Bob Dylan

“Sometimes you get out from behind the wheel and let someone else step on the gas.”

 

Bob Dylan

“I think of rock ‘n’ roll as a combination of country blues and swing band music, not Chicago blues, and modern pop.”

 

Bob Dylan

“Up north, you could find these radio stations with no name on the dials that played pre-rock ‘n’ roll things – country blues. We would hear Slim Harpo or Lightnin’ Slim and gospel groups, the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. I was so far north, I didn’t even know where Alabama was.”

 

Bob Dylan

“A brilliant 1989 album, Oh Mercy; some career retrospectives; and two albums of American folk songs, with just Bob Dylan and his guitar and harmonica. All that culminated in the Grammy-winning comeback album, Time Out of Mind (1997). Once again, just as Dylan seemed to be out of it, he was back at the top of his game.”

 

Bob Dylan

“Bob Dylan wrote in his elliptical memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, he was washed up in the 1980s, no longer a commercial success, and no longer putting out good work.”

 

Bob Dylan

“The confessional singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s was in full swing, and Bob Dylan’s emotional album [ Blood on the Tracks] resonated with the times. There would be other hits, but never the same alchemy of emotion and time.”

 

Bob Dylan

“I don’t think there’s enough guns.”

 

Bob Dylan

“Ah, current music. What would that be? Ah, really, a lot of it sounds defective to me. It makes me restless.”

 

Bob Dylan

“In the meantime [1965-67], [Bob] Dylan was again writing some of the best love songs in the genre, like “Visions of Johanna,” “Just Like a Woman,” and “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.””

 

Bob Dylan

“We shouldn’t confuse singers and performers with actors. Actors will say, “My character this, and my character that.” Like beating a dead horse. Who cares about the character? Just get up and act. You don’t have to explain it to me.”

 

Bob Dylan

“”Like a Rolling Stone” [of Bob Dylan] is a kiss-off song like none before or since.”

 

Bob Dylan

“Whatever people see – TV in my mind forms people’s opinions.”

 

Bob Dylan

“Fame it’s like… When you look through a window, say you pass a little pub, or an inn. You look through the window and you see people talking and carrying on. You,can watch outside the window and see them all being very real with each other. But when you walk into the room, it’s over. I don’t pay any attention to it.”

 

Bob Dylan

“”Subterranean Homesick Blues” [of Bob Dylan] captures, in word-salad format, life in an encroaching police state.”

 

Bob Dylan

“It was better to be in chains with friends than in a garden with strangers. [An ancient Persian proverb.] So true, huh?”

 

Bob Dylan

“If you don’t have to write songs, why write them? I’ve got enough where I don’t really feel the urge to write anything additional.”

 

Bob Dylan

“Ironically, this was Bob Dylan’s period [1967-74] of greatest fame.”

 

Bob Dylan

“They’re selling postcards of the hanging They’re painting the passports brown The beauty parlor is filled with sailors The circus is in town Here comes the blind commissioner They’ve got him in a trance One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker The other is in his pants And the riot squad they’re restless They need somewhere to go As Lady and I look out tonight From Desolation Row.”

 

Bob Dylan