The never-before-anthologized interviews chronicle the transformation of Robert Zimmerman into the influential and timeless Bob Dylan. These interviews provide an insight into Bob Dylan’s musical genius and vary from his thoughts on what his songs mean, how he views the media, his rise to stardom, and such tidbits as his relationship with John Lennon.
Included among this rare and diverse collection of intimate interviews are his seminal Rolling Stone interviews—anthologized here for the first time—by the magazines founder, editor and publisher, Jann Wenner, as well as Kurt Loder, Jonathan Cott and Mikal Gilmore. Other gems included are Nat Hentoff’s legendary 1966 Playboy interview, Studs Terkel’s 1963 radio interview on WFMT in Chicago, the interview Dylan gave to screenwriter Jay Cocks in 1965 when Cocks was just a student at Kenyon College, a 1965 interview with director Nora Ephron and an interview with Sam Shepard that was made into a one-act play for Esquire in 1987. Editor Jonathan Cott is a bonafide Dylan expert and he provides a thorough and insightful introductory essay.
The massive success of Dylan’s autobiography, Chronicles: Vol 1 released last year, reveals how eager his fans are to hear his own words. Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews , fills in the gaps of the time periods Dylan did not cover in his autobiography. Any avid fan of Bob Dylan should not pass up the opportunity to add Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews to their Bob Dylan collection in hopes of finally understanding the most celebrated genius in rock and roll history.
Jonathan Cott is the author of sixteen books including
Dylan (a biography),
Conversations with Glenn Gould
Stockhausen: Conversations with the Composer
Back to a Shadow in the Night: Music Writings and Interviews –
1968-2001 and co-editor of
The Ballad of John and Yoko
. He has been a contributing editor to
Rolling Stone since its inception and has written for the
New York Times
, and the
. He lives in
Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews is published by Wenner Books, a division of Wenner Media, publisher of Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal magazines.