Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How Cool Is Bob Dylan?

Here (via Ann Althouse from the Rolling Stone interview) is how the president described Dylan’s performance at the White House:
“He was exactly as you'd expect he would be. He wouldn't come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn't want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn't show up to that. He came in and played "The Times They Are A-Changin'." A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I'm sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it — then he left. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought: That's how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don't want him to be all cheesin' and grinnin' with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat.”


Anonymous said...

Cooler than Obama.

Ron Replogle said...

Personally, I think a little of Dylan's coolness rubs off on Obama for realizing that his presidential majesty is overridden by Dylan's coolness.

Dave said...

That's a terrific anecdote. And yes, Obama gets cool points for reacting to this the way he did, and for lines like "You don't want him to be all cheesin' and grinnin' with you."