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Going deep on Dylan (10/23/17)

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“In [1992] at Madison Square Garden there was an event called Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Celebration where all these different musicians came onto the stage to play Bob Dylan’s songs, and Neil Young came on and played ‘All Along The Watchtower’ with this staggering, apocalyptic, arrangement that I think shocked everybody. As if he dug something out of that song that nobody, Bob Dylan included, quite knew was there. Bob Dylan then adopted Neil Young’s arrangement and whenever he plays ‘All Along The Watchtower’—which for years he has used to close his shows—he plays the Neil Young version. Covering Neil Young who covered Bob Dylan, that’s the wonder of these songs. They live there own lives out in the world, free of their creator.”

GM in conversation with Bill Deville, at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), Oct. 23, 2017


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