Lately, Bob Dylan has been in the headlines because he is breaking a dry spell with the media. To kickoff his new album of Frank Sinatra covers, an interview with Bob Dylan will be published in the near future by retirement-oriented magazine AARP. It will be his first formal interview in almost three years.
According to Ad Age Magazine, Bob Dylan’s new album will be randomly distributed with copies of the February/March AARP issue featuring his interview. Bob Dylan’s album, Shadows in the Night, is set to be officially released on February 3.
Quote highlights from the AARP February Bob Dylan interview in Rolling Stone include his solution for unemployment and poverty. In particular, Bob Dylan thinks billionaires should help out the common person struggling financially.
Bob Dylan is quoted as saying, “The government’s not going to create jobs. It doesn’t have to. People have to create jobs, and these big billionaires are the ones who can do it.”
Bob Dylan goes on to say that the consequences are inner cities filled with people turning to crime, drugs, and alcohol.
“For sure [billionaires creating jobs for the poor], that would create a lot of happiness. Now, I’m not saying they have to — I’m not talking about communism — but what do they do with their money?… These multibillionaires can create industries right here in America. But no one can tell them what to do. God’s got to lead them.”
About his new upcoming album of Frank Sinatra covers, Bob Dylan told AARP that, “Frank sang to you — not at you…. I never wanted to be a singer that sings at somebody. I’ve always wanted to sing to somebody.”
Over the past years, Bob Dylan has dealt with several blows in the press as well as successes. In particular, in one of his last interviews, Bob Dylan was sued by a group of Croatians over what they felt were racist remarks in an interview published in Rolling Stone in September 2012.
The article written about the lawsuit by the Guardian explains Bob Dylan was referring to racism holding America back.
He said, “If you got a slave master or [Ku Klux] Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.”
Despite fumbles in the press, Bob Dylan’s legacy shines on. In June 2014, NPR reports that Bob Dylan’s lyrics to “Like a Rolling Stone” sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $2 million. In August 2014, the Guardian UK reported that Bob Dylan’s Sunburst Fender Stratocaster, which he played at the 1965 Newport folk festival, sold around $1 million at a Christie’s auction.
Bob Dylan’s pre-release track from his new Sinatra covers album, “Stay With Me,” is available on YouTube.
[All images are from the referenced links.]