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Sunday, January 25, 2015

for Dylan fans

Bob Dylan, the greatest creative force in postwar America (in my opinion), has given a fantastic and uncharacteristically straightforward interview toAARP magazine. Most of the talk focuses on his upcoming album,Shadows of the Night, in which he croaks his way through songs from the 1930s, '40s, and '50s (sounds pretty good from the clips I've heard).
But in a discussion of whether or not any of us is ever truly, permanently happy, the auteur behind the awesomely apocalyptic LP Slow Train Coming (sample lyric: "My so-called friends have fallen under a spell/They look me squarely in the eye and they say, “All is well”/Can they imagine the darkness that will fall from on high/When men will beg God to kill them and they won’t be able to die?") is asked if he's ever "touched happiness." His response: