Clip: Dylan Looks Back
- Unlike their deceptive promos a couple months back regard a Dylan feature
on Sunday Morning, this week's 60 Minutes actually has an interview.
Dylan Looks Back
Dec. 3, 2004
(CBS) The '60s generation worshipped Bob Dylan and thought of him as their
prophet or savior. But in his first television interview in 19 years, the
music legend tells Correspondent Ed Bradley that he rejects such solemn
notions, and never saw himself as more than a singer-songwriter.
His interview with 60 Minutes will be broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7
Dylan says the idea of such a perception made him uncomfortable in his own
skin, feeling like an "impostor."
"It was like being in an Edgar Allan Poe story and you're just not that
person everybody thinks you are, though they call you that all the time,"
he tells Bradley.
"'You're the prophet. You're the savior.' I never wanted to be a prophet or
a savior. Elvis maybe. I could see myself becoming him. But prophet? No."
Although Dylan is keenly aware of the immutable perception, especially when
awestruck fans approach him in public, he still can't reconcile it with his
"My stuff...[they]were songs...they weren't sermons. If you examine the
songs, I don't believe you're going find anything in there that says that
I'm a spokesman for anybody or anything, really," says Dylan. "[Those who
feel that way] must not have heard the songs."
His signature song, "Like a Rolling Stone," was recently named by Rolling
Stone magazine as the best song of all time. But the honor may mean more to
his fans than to Dylan.
"Oh, maybe this week [it's No. 1]. But you know, the list, they change
names ... quite frequently, really. I don't pay much attention to that," he
"But it's a pat on the back, Bob," says Bradley.
Dylan replies: "This week it is. But you know, who's to say how long that's
going to last."
Also discussed in the interview is Dylan's recently published memoir,
"Chronicles Volume One." The book's publisher, Simon & Schuster, and CBS
News, are subsidiaries of Viacom.