New Again: Bob Dylan

By
Photography Bill Hayward

Published July 24, 2012

In New Again, we highlight a piece from Interview’s past that resonates with the present. 

On July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan plugged in his 1964 Fender Stratocastor electric guitar at the Newport, Rhode Island Folk Festival. Goodbye Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, hello Bob, the rock ‘n roll man. His decision was not well received at the time—although it was Dylan’s third consecutive year playing at the folk festival, it was the first time he received heckling from the crowd. Today, however, Dylan’s Stratocastor is considered “the Holy Grail” of music memorabilia. In celebration of Dylan’s once controversial decision, we’ve decided to revisit one of our favorite features with Mr. Dylan from February of 1986.

A few things about Bob Dylan, as told to Scott Cohen

You can tell a lot about someone by what they don’t tell you. Sometimes a simple shopping list can be more revealing than a person’s life story.

A DOZEN INFLUENTIAL RECORDS:“Lady’s Man,” Hank Snow

“Lucille,” Little Richard

“High Lonesome Sound,” Roscoe Holcomb

“Tom Joad,” Woody Guthrie

“Mystery Train,” Elvis Presley

“Not Fade Away,” Buddy Holly

“Molly and Tenbrooks,” Bill Monroe

“Get Back,” Big Bill Broonzy

“Chauffeur Blues,” Memphis Minnie

“Riding On Train 45,” the Delmore Brothers

“Ida Red,” the Smokey Mountain Boys

“Pictures From Life’s Other Side,” Hank Williams

FIVE BANDS I WISHED I HAD BEEN IN:King Oliver Band

The Memphis Jug Band

Muddy Water’s Chicago Band (with Little Walter and Otis Spann)

The Country Gentlemen

Crosby, Stills & Nash

SOME MOVIES I WISH I WAS IN:The Devil and Miss Jones

I Was a Zombie for the FBI

Ben Hur

Raintree Country

QUESTIONS YOU CAN’T ANSWER:How does it feel to be a legend?

How does it feel to have influenced a bunch of people?

What did you change your name to?

Are you somebody?

Where’s your music taking you?

Did you write that song for me?

Did you know Nixon?

FIVE FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESSES:Hedy Lamarr (I can’t remember what she was in, though)

Dorothy Dandridge (I loved her in a movie she really needed, with Trevor Howard)

Marilyn Monroe (The Asphalt Jungle)

Jane Russell (The Outlaw)

Darla (Little Rascals)

THREE AUTHORS I’D READ ANYTHING BY:Tacitus

Chekhov

Tolstoy

TWO FAVORITE HOCKEY PLAYERS:Sammy Williamson, Maurice “The Rocket” Richard

THREE PET PEEVES:Preachers who preach the “Wealth and Prosperity” doctrine

Women who sit and eat meat all day

Salesmen who slap you on the back and wink

WHAT’S FOR DINNER:Grilled corn on the cob black-eyed peas beet root salad spinach and pilaf deep-fried cauliflower French-fried chicken and gravy French-fried cabbage pinto beans and rice cocoa angel cake

EVENTS I WISH I’D WITNESSED:Custer’s Last Stand, Hannibal crossing the Alps, Lindbergh landing in Paris, Houdini on the East River

MY LAST SLICE OF PIZZA:Tony’s, Broadway and 46th Street, 1981

A THREESOME I’D LIKE TO PLAY GOLF WITH:Paul Gauguin, Lee Iacocca, Edward Teller

A COUPLE OF ACTORS I’D LIKE TO PLAY ME IN MY LIFE STORY:Billy Dee Williams

Mickey Rooney

TIPS FOR GIRLS WHO’D LIKE ME TO LIKE THEM:Tell me everything

ONE THING I’D LIKE TO IMPROVE ABOUT MYSELF:My penmanship

SOME GREAT MINOR MASTERPIECE:“Bony Maronie”

“Surfin’ Bird”

“Lonesome Town”

MY FAVORITE SHOT IN BASKETBALL:The free throw

A COUPLE OF PEOPLE I WOULDN’T MIND BEING FOR A MINUTE:Roy Acuff

Walter Matthau

Leonard Cohen

THE BEST CURE FOR THE BLUES:Ginger root

SOME PLACES I WOULDN’T WANT TO GO BACK TO:Auschwitz

Casino de Paris, Marseille

The Horse & Hounds Tavern, Edinburgh

THINGS I’LL ALWAYS MISS:Sweet kisses from the Black Queen, Trebuki Bay at sunset, white geese in the North Carolina sky, four angels blowing marble trumpets in Times Square

SOME THINGS I’D RATHER FORGET:Spaghetti at the airport in Helsinki, Lady Godiva at the cemetery in New Orleans, girl with the horse’s head in Mexico

ONE THING I’D LIKE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY:Earmuffs

MY TWO FAVORITE INGREDIENTS IN JOHNNY CAKES:Corn meal and maple syrup

HOW TO LET HER DOWN EASY:Tell her you’re down and out

TWO TRUTHS THAT AREN’T TRUE:God helps those who help themselves

Actors get up at 5 a.m.

THE FURTHEST THING FROM MY MIND:Perpetual youth and St. James’ Infirmary

THE NEAREST FARAWAY PLACES:Cuba

Isla of Patmos

GAMES I PLAY:Crazy 8s

Dominoes

Chess

Hearts

Fan-tan

He say, She say

 

CLUBS I BELONG TO:Back-To-The-Wall Club

Night-Watch

Merle Haggard Fan Club

Franz Kline Fan Club

Rockin’ & Rhythm Club

Backup Rider Club

 

ONE LAST FAVOR I’D LIKE TO ASK:“Resist not evil, but overcome evil with good”

SEVERAL THINGS STILL BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND:Three Little Pigs

The wages of sin

Lester Young’s horn solo on “When Buddha Smiles”