When the New York Times announced Dylan’s new book “The Last Tour,” it was the most anticipated thing in the music world.
Dylan is one of the greatest musicians of all time, but his books are not just for fans.
He’s written for a broad audience, and his new book, “A Song of Myself,” was released to a rapturous reception, as the New Yorker’s Josh Elliott reported.
What was Dylan’s secret to getting so many people excited about his new project?
“You need a sense of humor, and I think a lot of it has to do with my dad,” Dylan told Elliott.
Dylan’s father was a blues musician, but he was also an accomplished actor, and he was very much an American actor, so he’s a huge fan.
“I’m a big fan of that stuff.
I mean, he was an American hero, and that’s all that really matters to me.
I think he was just so proud of his country, and to have him as a mentor to me is really cool.”
So it was a huge boost to Dylan’s reputation to be asked by the Times to write a book.
It was also a big step for him.
As Elliott put it, “He’s a guy who had this reputation of being an American rock star who never did any writing, who never was an artist, and who had all of his music professionally recorded and sold, but also had the persona of an artist who did music.”
Dylan is an unlikely storyteller.
His parents divorced when he was a baby, and when Dylan was about nine, he spent his summers at the home of his aunt in Tennessee.
Dylan and his dad went to Nashville, where Dylan and Dylan’s mother lived.
Dylan was not particularly interested in music at that point, and Dylan later said that he wanted to be an actor, but Dylan’s dad would not let him because “he was a big, tough-ass guy.”
Dylan said he did not want to make his dad angry, and so Dylan’s parents separated when Dylan and dad were about 12 years old.
Dylan grew up in the Nashville area and became interested in performing in shows.
He was an accomplished singer in high school and even at 17 he was already an established performer.
In his book, Dylan said that his dad encouraged him to try out for a singing gig at a local bar in Nashville, and the next thing he knew he was on stage with his best friend, Charlie Haden, who was also in the bar.
Dylan said Charlie had been in a band called The Eagles and that he had been invited to perform with them, and “I was just really happy to be part of that.”
Dylan’s friend had a girlfriend, and Charlie had an arrangement with a radio station to put Dylan in a recording studio.
“So Charlie and I were the first people to get into the studio, and it was just like, ‘Wow, this is going to be the best thing ever.'”
Dylan said his dad told him that his band had just been signed to Warner Bros. Dylan told his father that he would go to the studio to record the next record, but then he said that the next day he was at a bar and a couple of guys came up to him and asked him to sing with them.
Dylan did not have a lot to do during the recording session.
The first song he sang was “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” which is a tune that has a blues-rock influence.
“This was before it was hip-hop,” Dylan said.
Dylan wrote his own lyrics for the song, but when the song was finished he did it in a very different way.
Dylan sang, “When I was 12 I had my father take me to see The Eagles perform at a concert.
When I went back, I went to this other concert, this one where they were performing ‘You Can’t Do That Anymore.'”
Dylan wrote lyrics about that night, including “You wanna sing a song called ‘The Times You Can’t Dance Anymore,’ but I never did.”
The song is one that was very controversial at the time.
Dylan took exception to the song’s lyrics.
“When it was released, it went through this whole, ‘You can’t do that anymore.’
It was like, what the fuck is that?”
Dylan said, explaining that “when I heard the song that night it just hit me, ‘This is just the most horrible thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.'”
Dylan decided that he did a different version of the song and went to the studios and recorded a version that he said was more reflective of his feelings.
“Then I was able to record a different, more beautiful version, and this was one of my most popular songs,” Dylan explained.
Dylan had just started his career, but the “Times You Can Dance Any More” song still caused some controversy