Brian Doherty has noted here, the magazine never seems to miss an
to badger Bob Dylan into expressing total agreement
with some sort of liberal mainstream. Bob, don’t you think
Obama is the best? Bob, don’t you agree that global warming is the
worst thing around?
Is it really so hard for Rolling Stone to realize that Dylan -
the mag’s ultimate hero – is a far more interesting character
precisely because he’s heterodox (if not stark raving mad)? God,
the mag should have built an entire special issue around this
bizarre admission in Dylan’s memoir, Chronicles,
There was no point in arguing with Dave [Van Ronk], not
intellectually anyway. I had a primitive way of looking at things
and I liked country fair politics. My favorite politician was
Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who reminded me of Tom Mix, and
there wasn’t any way to explain that to anybody.
Instead you get bullshit bits
about what’s on Barack Obama’s
iPod and a 2012 Douglas Brinkley Q&A with Obama
that takes butt-kissing into a whole new dimension not yet
mappable by science. And a sad-sack story about “Five
Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For” that even
Raul Castro would have been embarrassed to publish.
Every generation gets the Rolling Stone it deserves. This is the Millennial’s Rolling Stone.
I love that bit about Goldwater being Dylan’s favorite politician. As you might imagine, this factoid has never received much acknowledgment from the usual suspect. But I don’t find it surprising at all. Nobody who ever understood that something is happening here really would, Mr. Jones.