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06:58 pm: Don't Look Back
This is a black and white documentary of Bob Dylan with a handheld camera. It was taken during the London concert tour that happened right before he moved from folk to electric, and there is a scene where he looks at electric guitars in the store window.

It shows how he treats people -- not very well -- but then again he gets more and more hangers-on who are not very nice. The media treat him like a fool, and he treats them that way back. Joan Baez, Donovan, and Allen Price sing and they're much better than he is, but they don't put out "message" songs. I liked it, although it was surprising to see all the cigarettes.



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Date:October 14th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
That's why his voice changed so much round about, um, I think it was Nashville Skyline. He quit smoking.

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Date:October 15th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
I've always respected the man's talent, but not his personality. I like my chameleons more cheerfully above-board, like Bowie.

I watched the last half hour of American Masters tonight on PBS, on Joan Baez. There were some extremely interesting clips of her and Dylan on Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review, and she remembers that with a lot of enjoyment. On the other hand, she plays "Diamonds and Rust," which I think is one of the most beautiful, loving "kiss off, you beautiful bastard" songs of all time, and written about him, which she starts off saying wasn't the case and then generally admits that, yeah, it was. There's also a brief clip of him talking about the song, and it's clear that he thinks it is an incredible song, and doesn't quite know what to say in the face of its dispassionately loving honesty.
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Date:October 15th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
I considered watching that and didn't. I'll have to see if it airs again.
Date:October 15th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Looks like I have to put that on my to-watch-list. Sounds interesting.
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Date:October 15th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
I have a much more recent two-disc documentary to watch next.
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