Forget About Today: Bob Dylan’s Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Per sonal Revolution
Forget About Today shows a side of Bob Dylan that most people - from fans to skeptics - have never seen. Rather than another gossipy account of his romances, finances, or family, journalist Jon Friedman offers a new perspective on Dylan's revolutionary and enduring legacy through an intimate look at the mystery behind Dylan's success. Bob Dylan has been a pop culture mainstay for more than 50 years as a poet, songwriter, and performer. Yet from his decision to go electric while everyone clung to his folk roots to his shocking appearance on a Victoria's Secret commercial, critics have predicted Dylan's demise every step of the way. Each time, he's proven legions of doubters wrong, never letting anyone keep him from accomplishing goals - on his terms. Featuring exclusive insights from Dylan's most trusted confidants, Forget About Today provides a unique look at Dylan's life and career while it distills valuable advice from one of the music world's most revolutionary artists and entrepreneurs.
of the great debates in rock ’n’ roll annals is whether Dylan is a good or a bad singer. Some think he sounds like a dog whose hind leg is caught in a wire fence. The refrain of “Dylan can’t sing!” has been heard again and again over time, from the release of his first album in 1962 to the reactions during his most recent tour. What nonsense! Clearly, Dylan has always been a commanding rock ’n’ roll singer, who displays such emotion behind his words that he demands that people listen to him.
yourself, you had better make sure you seem authentic to other people. There is a fine line between sincerity and parody, and onlookers always know when you’re putting them on. Like Dylan, you have to approach any new endeavor with complete commitment and respect. Anytime you do something new, people will be reevaluating you. If you believe in what you’re doing, they will see it loud and clear. But if you’re just going through the motions or acting out of cynicism, they will see that, too.
Tough Love There are times when tough love is not only the last resort but the smartest course of action—times when you are so bereft of motivation that a kind word would just be a waste of time for all concerned. Instead, what you require is a sharp poke, a prod, a kick, a shove, anything to knock you off your bearings. And I don’t mean a heartfelt pat on the back. I’m talking about having someone, and it could be a stranger, shake you to the core, for your own good, and make you reexamine what
could call Dylan the ultimate careerist—and it would represent a ringing compliment to him. He has always kept his eyes on the prize. It follows that a central reason for his longevity is that he has disdained fads and trends. By their very nature, fads and trends exist in only the short term and don’t have any lasting value. Dylan immediately knew that these never deserved a place in his life and work because they have no staying power. A careerist is all about having staying power. Dylan’s
not, the result of persistent action in disguise. Once, when a journalist asked Dylan to discuss his philosophy for his career, he responded by asking the re-porter if he could tell him what a bricklayer’s philosophy was. The reporter probably went back to the newsroom and told his editor that Dylan had been putting him on, as he is puckishly wont to do with the media. But Dylan’s reply makes perfect sense when you tie it into his value system. The man sees himself as a craftsman, who knows that