As the 71-year-old musician recently released “Tempest”, the Rolling Stone magazine sat him down for an interview. Bob Dylan talked politics too, saying America was founded on slavery.
Bob Dylan remains a successful musician despite being 71 years old. Only if all our grandpas where so cool. But with all that success and experience, it was often Bob Dylan was hit with scrutiny for his controversial songs and statements. His latest is saying the stigma of slavery is what ruined America forever.
The veteran musician’s latest album “Tempest” carries a lot of quotations from reputable authors such as Junichi Saga or Henry Timrod. One wrote about Yakuza, the other about the Civil War. It’s almost like Bob Dylan has set out to strike back at the world with a revelation. In his interview with the Rolling Stones he confessed his belief is America is forever ruined for being founded on slavery.
“If slavery had been given up in a more peaceful way, America would be far ahead today” Bob Dylan tells Rolling Stone in Friday’s issue. It’s because America was “founded on the backs of slaves” that “people (are) at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color”. It is precisely the kind of issue that could “hold any nation back”.
Bob Dylan was also asked if he thinks Obama could provide for a change. “I don’t have any opinion on that. You have to change your heart if you want to change” the 71-year-old musician replied.
However, Bob Dylan had a lot to say to critics that slammed him for using quotations from other writers’ works in his songs. “Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It’s an old thing – it’s part of the tradition. It goes way back” explained Bob Dylan of using quotations in folk and jazz.
“These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me. Judas, the most hated name in human history” Bob Dylan says about his critics. “If you think you’ve been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar” Bob Dylan reacts to critics. “All those evil motherfuckers can rot in hell” the 71-year-old musician concludes.