Sunday 17 December 2017

Declan Lynch: On the border of extreme madness and extreme sanity

Bob Dylan's accomplished memoir illustrates the endless creativity of the septuagenarian musician, writes Declan Lynch

'IN THE world news, Picasso at 79 years old had just married his 35-year-old model. Wow. Picasso wasn't just loafing about on crowded sidewalks. Life hadn't flowed past him yet. Picasso had fractured the art world and cracked it wide open. He was revolutionary. I wanted to be like that."

And he would be like that too. This was written by Bob Dylan in his magnificent memoir Chronicles, recalling the events that influenced him on his arrival in New York City in 1960.

Dylan too made it on to the world news last week, and while the TV reporters didn't go much deeper than Blowin' In The Wind, they told us something -- Dylan didn't have to marry someone 40 years younger than him to get their attention. Just being alive for 70 years, and continuing to do what he has always done, is enough to make him one of the wonders of the world.

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