Bob Dylan

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Chwast’s Quote: The Illustrated Words of Bob Dylan

A notable quote from Bob Dylan, illustrated by Seymour Chwast—number 121 in a weekly series. Submit a quote in the comments (or on Twitter or Facebook), and it will be considered for a future column. For more Seymour Chwast, check out The Last Word, his illustrated column in Print magazine, available from MyDesignShop.com.

Profiles of Inspiration

Last year, I got to visit one of my old haunts, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, for the first time in over a dozen years. Since the permanent collection has changed little over the years, it was good to see old friends. Standing before one, I found a familiar visage that I...

Great Album, Feeble Cover

You can’t tell an album by its cover. And you can never predict what Bob Dylan is really doing next. His latest album, Tempest, is amazing—possibly the best in decades (especially the title song, a rambling historical ballad about the Titanic disaster). But the album cover is feeble and amateurish. The undistinguished hand-lettered script reminds...

Happy Birthday Dylan

To celebrate Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday, here is Les Enfants du Paradis, a 1945 film by French director Marcel Carné set among 19th century Parisian theater culture (see trailer here). It was the inspiration for Dylan’s historic Rolling Thunder Revue and his famous white face make-up. Les Enfants du Paradis, set 1820s and 30s,...

Dylan Disappoints

Bob Dylan has confounded many fans over his career. First, of course, when he turned electric. Then when he turned country (“Lay Lady Lay”) crooner. The “Self Portrait” album was a major disappointment to many too. But then he redeemed himself with next phase of amazing work, including “Jokerman,” with accompanying music video by...