(it wasn't my intention to delete it, sorry. Here it is again),
this is the guy with the „inflated ego“ whose „crap“ and „bullshit“ is (is it?) discussed in this thread. God, I’m glad I’m not me.
I would have liked to thank you for your feedback but there isn’t one, I guess. It’s only insults. I’m not sure how I gained these harsh words but since I know who posted them (Berlin is such a small place), I know how to take them. Never mind. That’s what most discussion groups in the internet are about, right? They are not about art or communication but about insulting people you don’t know. Get up in the morning, have a cup of coffee and shit in front of other people’s virtual doors.
Just to avoid further disappointment (or defaecation) I’d like to clarify some things. Since Bob Dylan did not grant us an interview at this point (there might be one later) I was asked to put the release of his new album into context. So I wrote a feature on what Bob Dylan was all about in the last 25 years or so and included my impressions of „Tempest“. It was fun, there was no task force of the evil publisher in my back while I was writing (as some of you suggested).
So the piece is about Dylan’s understanding of history and truth and religion, his way of writing songs, the reception of his work in the media, Greil Marcus, the Titanic, John Lennon, the angel of history, Leo Zimmermann, Lonnie Johnson, Charlie Sexton, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Hollis Brown, the old, weird America and other dreams and schemes that lead to this remarkable album. I tried the best I could, it was not good enough for some people here. Others liked it tough. (There’s also a piece by the great German author and rambler Wolfgang Buescher about how „Blind Willie McTell“ made him walk from Berlin to Moscow).
But as you know there’ll be tons of features on this subject in the next weeks. So enjoy and discuss.
i for one found the piece informative and the grading spot on.
i can sympathize with wolfgang, on account of the tempest album, i got a hit team sent after me. but that was then and this is now, we live in the year of the 10 star bob record.
commendable work, maik.
if you would be so kind as to post any future bob features, the USA peeps would greatly appreciate as we dont have ready access to the german content, but would not want to miss any of your pieces.
i know its kinda shocking that folks at a bob forum seem to do a jumpin judy whenever bob gets a good write up. but things aint what they used to be things have changed.