Sunday, March 20, 2005

Self Portrait

Posted by Trott

Here's 24 minutes of footage of people talking about Bob Dylan's puzzling 1970 double-record Self Portrait:


It will make you laugh.

It will make you cry.

It will make you wonder who these people are.

And I'm here to help. They are: Michael Mullen, Charles Box Daddy, Andrew Poisoner, Derek Monypeny, Bob Mason, and the Gambling Poet.

Six white guys talking about a white guy. Sweet!

7 Comments:

Blogger Ajax said...

Who is Ajax Green? Did he die?

11:22 AM, March 21, 2005  
Blogger Robert Reid said...

This is palacefamilysteakhouse at full cylinder. Remarkable work. Renew my subscription.

Regarding the album:

* The sassy appositive 'jolly saucy crew' in 'Days of 49' is my favorite lyric. I wonder, did he add it? Or was it in the original?
* Should note the curious dash that connects 'Self-Portrait' in the title.
* It's said Paul Simon wrote 'The Boxer' in mockery of Dylan.
* It's the first Dylan cover without his (real) face on it.
* I like the quote in the video of Dylan's 'colossal lack of taste' on this, as well as the suggestion it 'attacks the fans'; for more on this, see Lou Reed's 'Metal Machine Music,' and more poignantly in 'Take No Prisoners'
* Great artists making iffy music (or perceived to be iffy music) is always more interesting than great artists making great music. A 24-minute video on 'Highway 61' is not interesting.
* I received 'Self-Portait' on the day of my wedding.

12:20 PM, March 21, 2005  
Blogger willo said...

those are some big files for a white guy!

10:35 AM, March 23, 2005  
Blogger p0rn st0rm said...

wow hilarious movie. are these friends? strangers? i like the interview style.

2:39 PM, March 25, 2005  
Blogger Larry said...

Excellent documentary. Shows great talent, and I love the subject.

9:12 AM, April 17, 2005  
Anonymous Treedude said...

Any Dylan/Self Portrait fans familiar with the instrumental track Wigwam? Reason is I'm thinking about using for the parent/child dance at my wedding. I would like to know what kind of dance could be performed to Wigwam. Any help would be appreciated

9:47 PM, July 10, 2006  
Anonymous Scot Livingston said...

With some help of the original 1970 songbook - I've been trying to reconstruct the exact songwriting credits for this album - ANything I might have missed? Who wrote Take Me As I Am - a lot of sources say "B. Bryant"... but he also did Take A Message To Mary. Confusing to say the least.

All The Tired Horses
words and music by Bob Dylan

Alberta #1
revised melody and arrangement by Bob Dylan

I Forgot More That You'll Ever Know About Her
words and music by Cecil A. Null

Days Of '49
by F. Warner, J.A. Lomax and A. Lomax
revised melody and new music by Bob Dylan

Early Mornin' Rain
words and music by Gordon Lightfoot

In Search Of Little Sadie
new music by Bob Dylan

Let It Be Me,
Written by Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë, M. Curtis

Little Sadie
revised melody and new music by Bob Dylan

Woogie Boogie
by Bob Dylan

Belle Isle
new music by Bob Dylan

Living The Blues
words and music by Bob Dylan

Like A Rolling Stone
words and music by Bob Dylan

Copper Kettle (The Pale Moonlight)
by Albert Frank Beddoe

Gotta Travel On (Done Laid Around)
words and music by Paul Clayton, Larry Ehrlich, Dave Lazar, and Tom Six

Blue Moon
lyric by Lorenz Hart music by Richard Rodgers

The Boxer
words and music by Paul Simon

The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)
words and music by Bob Dylan

Take Me As I Am
words and music by George Thompson and Edgar Battle

Take a Message to Mary,
by Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant

It Hurts Me Too
by Elmore James
new music by Bob Dylan

Minstrel Boy
words and music by Bob Dylan

She Belongs To Me
words and music by Bob Dylan

Wigwam
by Bob Dylan

Alberta #2
new music by Bob Dylan

4:26 PM, December 16, 2006  

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