Ron Rosenbaum

Best. Dylan. Interview. Ever.

Check out the long quote from it in Louis Menand’s essay on %%AMAZON=1932958096 Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews%% in the current (Sept.4) New Yorker

It’s the one in which the “stylish” interviewer (whose identity I won’t reveal here out of modesty) evoked from Dylan perhaps the most famous description of the sound he was seeking in the works of his greatest period, the Blonde on Blonde era. The sound Dylan described as “that thin, that wild mercury sound. It’s metallic and bright gold…It’s the sound of bells and distant railroad trains and arguments in apartment buildings and the clinking of silverware and knives and forks and …It’s water you know, water trickling down a brook. It’s light flowing through the…

Late afternooon light?, the interviewer asks.

No, it’s usually the crack of dawn. Music filters out to me in the crack of dawn.

The “jingle-jangle morning”?

Right, Dylan avers.

There’s not much to add to that, Menand says. I couldn’t agree more.