In a rare interviewAnd the Bob Dylan revealed that he is a fan of Eminem and the Wu-Tang Clan, praising my rap work alongside a host of other musicians.
the Wall Street Journal Posted yesterday (December 19), the interview featured the singer-songwriter discussing a range of topics from the rise of technology to streaming to his favorite TV shows. When asked about how he discovered the new music, Dylan says it arrives “mostly by accident”, before mentioning more than 20 musicians he’s been listening to recently.
Among the group were Eminem and the Wu-Tang Clan, both of whom Dylan said he “fans”. The singer-songwriter complimented their “feeling of the lyrics and the language”, saying he enjoys “anyone whose vision matches mine”. This praise also included Royal Blood, Celeste, Leonard Cohen, Rag N’ Bone Man, and Nick Cave.
Dylan previously mentioned Eminem in a 2001 interview with Eminem time. Dylan revealed that he didn’t listen to much of Eminem’s music, but said the rapper was “doing something right.” He continued, “I almost felt like if anything was going to be controversial, the guy had to be doing something right.”
Aside from the aforementioned musicians, Dylan also mentioned a range of what he called “obscure artists”, saying he was listening to the likes of bandleader Tiny Hill, saxophonist Teddy Edwards and guitarist Teddy Bunn, all of whom were more active during the 1940s to 1960s. Dylan has also referred to musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Brenda Lee, and Janice Martin, the last of whom he calls “the female Elvis”.
Among the artists he saw live, Dylan recalled attending two shows by Metallica, as well as concerts by Oasis and Claxon. The singer went on to reveal that he “made special efforts” to see Jack White and Arctic Monkees forward Alex Turner. Later in the interview, Dylan said that Beatles drummer Ringo Starr “isn’t a bad singer, and he’s a great musician”, and referred to composers such as Hans Zimmer as “a new kind of star”.
Given such a wide range of musicians, Dylan went on to discuss his favorite genres, saying he listens to “an abundance of them.” The singer cited country blues, western swing, hillbilly, and bluegrass among the genres he listens to. “Music historians say when you mix it all up it’s called rock and roll,” he said. “I think that would be my favorite type.”
Dylan also discussed the impact of streaming and social media on today’s music scene, saying that the accessibility of music means “there’s a similarity between everything nowadays”. He continued, “It’s all so easy. Just one stroke of the ring finger, the middle finger, one little tap, that’s all it takes, and we’re there… It’s so easy, so democratic.”
Interviewing Dylan was a promotion for his latest book, Modern song philosophy which hit shelves last month. The book attracted controversy after it was revealed that Dylan had used an automated device to record his signature on select copies that were advertised as hand-signed. Both the singer and the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, apologized for the mistake, which Dylan called an “error in judgment.”
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