Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bob Dylan's Torah

It was 1970 and time for the annual ritual. Photographer Peter Simon and I headed to New England Music City in Kenmore Square for the new album by Bob Dylan. “John Wesley Harding” had come out in 1968 and “Nashville Skyline” in 1969, both a retreat from his rock-revolutionary persona, but both remarkable missives, in their own ways, from the Great God Dylan.

And now “Self Portrait,” a double album so it must be a major statement, particularly given the title. A mysterious painting on the cover and a “Nashville Skyline”-ish photo on the back. Intriguing. Then back to his house — he had the better stereo — for the breaking of the cellophane and opening of the album. 

What the opening of the Torah must be for true believers.



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