The Minnesota Profile: Forever Bob Dylan

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 3, 2013 - 7:28 PM

Accolades pile up. New, young fans fill audiences. Acclaim greets the latest album. But Bob Dylan remains very much a boy from the North Country.

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raleighmamaFeb. 2, 1311:23 PM

Robert Carter's illustration makes Dylan look like Vincent Price.

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callmeronFeb. 3, 13 2:56 AM

"New, young fans fill audiences." Fill? Fact is that Bob Dylan can't sell more than a few thousand tickets to his shows, even in his former home state of Minnesota. And I don't understand this Minnesota media obsession with Bob Dylan. Sure, Dylan grew up in Minnesota and briefly attended the University of Minnesota. But he left the state almost as soon as he could and he hasn't lived here for over 40 years. Bob Dylan likes living out in Malibu, CA, with all of his wealthy limousine liberal buddies. Bob Dylan shook the dust of Minnesota off his coat over 50 years ago now and comes back only to do a gig and make a pile of cash before leaving town again.

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mnfanintampaFeb. 3, 13 6:15 AM

Very nice article Jon. Not a huge Dylan fan but have a ton of respect for him. Dylan doesn't seem to outwardly appreciate his fan base but would probably be the same type of person with or without the money and fame. Unfortunately, we will probably never see another Dylan, Springsteen, McCartney, etc. for a long time. Long live R&R.

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burbdwellerFeb. 3, 13 7:45 AM

Artists like Bob Dylan, Prince, and Soul Asylum have put Minnesota on the musical map for good. I have seen Bob a few times. It says a lot about his talent as a songwriter that "All Along the Watchtower" (written about the Witch's Tower in Minneapolis) was one of Jimi Hendrix's biggest hits. May you stay "Forever Young" Bob....

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conchfritterFeb. 3, 13 7:52 AM

Love the quote from the President: "That's how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don't want him to be all cheesin' and grinnin' with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise." Awesome. Bob reminds me of my grandparents - personal information was "none of your darn business", and speaking more often than not got you in trouble - - better to say a 1,000 words with a glance than open your mouth.

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nihil55Feb. 3, 13 8:38 AM

"Robert Carter's illustration makes Dylan look like Vincent Price". Dead on; that's what I was going to say.

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stanhamptonFeb. 3, 13 8:42 AM

a good piece. i enjoyed this very much. thank you for the thoughtful insight. i would point out two things. you are entirely correct that Dylan can be a handful for an interviewer, but i would suggest that he has been about as available for interviews as any entertainer, perhaps even more so. his answers may be cryptic or blunt, but that may simply be honesty. beyond that, at the handful of recent Dylan shows i,ve attended, Dylan has been in direct contact with the audience. yes, he may only say "thank you," but i have never seen him fail to do that. at one memorable show in a sterile hockey rink, he lingered at the lip of the stage, said "thank you" a couple of times & seemed almost reluctant to go. i sometimes think the distance & the remoteness are on the receiving end. Dylan is putting it all out there for us. all we have to do is listen.

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alanam8Feb. 3, 13 9:10 AM

This is a sorry excuse for a Minnesota Profile. No interview with the subject, a few quotes from long-lost friends, some re-hash of his history, and then interviews with - fans? Whoever put Bream up to this has some explaining to do.

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omgurdensFeb. 3, 13 9:20 AM

Great story Jon! I got in to Dylan while at the U, and his music changed my perspective on life and art, for sure. His catalog is so deep, it's been 10 years and I don't believe I've covered half of his material. Some of my favorites: Shelter from the storm, Simple twist of fate, Oh Sister, Shooting Star, and of course "The Basement Tapes" is the greatest work of american music in history.

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pursuitFeb. 3, 13 9:54 AM

I grew up on the Range a few miles from Hibbing - during the same time period. I took my sone to see Dylan in Florida a few years ago, and I think he still enjoys Dave Matthews a bit more. And while I don't feel any closeness with his persona, being from the Range you feel a little closer to how he grew up and his experiences. A few years ago they sold the home where he grew up (in Hibbing) - I think it went for about 40 Grand - not much for a worldly icon. Still, it is a little cool to have a celeb who was a freaking Ranger.

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