Vanity and greed, the cufflinks of rock, are what set Dylan apart from his idol Woody Guthrie–that and a childhood ripped open like a feather pillow by the music of Elvis, Little Richard, and B.B. King.
The best Bob Dylan show I ever saw, will ever see, was in November 1995 at the Austin Music Hall. This was not long after his friend Jerry Garcia died from substance abuse-related causes, and Dylan seemed sharper, more in-the-moment, than the barely coherent legend I saw at the Chicago Theater a couple years earlier. […]
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