Monday, September 25, 2006

Dylan at the Grammy Awards - 1991

One of my favorite surrealistic Dylan moments, as Dylan, backed by a band of gangsters, sings an incomprehensible version of "Masters of War" a few days into the first Gulf War as pop stars and industry figures look on.

Things to watch for...

1) A `90s Dylan under an iconic `70s Dylan banner

2) Cuts to reaction shots of the B-52s and Diana Ross

3) Jack Nicholson beaming at Dylan as if he were the prodigal returned

4) Dylan's Chaplinesque play with his hat before accepting the award

5) And of course, the "Exceptance Speech," which goes:

"Well," he said, "my daddy, he didn't leave me much, you know he was a very simple man, but what he did tell me was this, he did say, son,

"He said so many things, yknow?"

"He said, you know it's possible to become so defiled in this world that your own father and mother will abandon you and if that happens, God will always believe in own your ability to mend your own ways."
Critics would claim Dylan was drunk that night. Dylan would say years later he had the flu and was running a 104-degree fever. Me, I think he did and said exactly what he wanted.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dylan has a new fan...Ruby Pooh purred all the way through. :-)