Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bob Dylan & Victoria's Secret: a 40-year-old decision

This post is dedicated to Isorski, whose review of Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews prompted me to buy the book and subsequently make this discovery on page 75:

Dylan was interviewed at a live press conference on KQED-TV, San Francisco, on December 3, 1965, in advance of five Bay Area concerts that month. One question he was asked, in the face of recent 'sell-out' accusations since abandoning acoustic folk music in favor of electric rock n' roll:

"If you were going to sell out to a commercial interest, which one would you choose?"

Dylan's curt answer:

"Ladies garments."

Fast forward to 2006:

I guess he wasn't putting us on back then, was he?


Isorski said...

Yeah that commercial doesn't suck, either! Glad you are enjoying the book.

harmolodic said...

Can't argue with that assessment!

I'm loving the book, yes. After reading the '78 interview with Jonathan Cott, I'm about ready to re-watch Renaldo and Clara.