Rolling Stone’s latest installment is the 40th anniversary issue, and it is the first time I have found myself actually reading the mostly irrelevant magazine in quite some time. Many legends did interviews for the anniversary issue, including McCartney, Starr, Patti Smith and Jimmy Carter. But of course, my fave was the always difficult Robbie Zimmerman. Here is an excerpt from the piece, hosted by Jann Wenner.
Rolling Stone : Do you think it’s gloomy on the horizon?
Dylan : In what sense do you mean?
Rolling Stone : Bob, come on.
Dylan : No, you come on, in what sense do you mean that? If you’re talking about in a political sense…….
Rolling Stone : In a general political, spiritual, historical sense. You’re talking about the end of times on this record (Modern Times), you’ve got a very gloomy vision of the world, you’re saying “I’m facing the end of my life and looking at all this……
Dylan : Aren’t we always doing that?
Rolling Stone : No, some people are trying to avoid it. But I’m trying to interview you, and you’re not being very helpful with this.
Dylan : Jann, have I ever been helpful?
Rolling Stone : You have been in the past. You gave some really great interviews in the last several years.
Dylan : Yeah, but I wasn’t on tour when I was doing them. I could be full present. But now, I’m thinking about our amps going out…….
Rolling Stone : You don’t have people taking care of those for you?
Dylan : You would hope.
Rolling Stone : You can’t find a good road manager, is that the problem here?
Dylan : Yeah [laughs]
Rolling Stone : What can I do to get you to take this seriously?
Dylan : I’m taking it seriously
Rolling Stone : You’re Not
Dylan : Of course I am. You’re the one who’s here to be celebrated. Forty years….forty years with a magazine that obviously now has intellectual recognition. Did you ever think that would happen when you started?
They banter on like kids for a bit longer, but then Bobby pulls it together, to get the full interview, pick up a copy of the 40th anniversary……