Bob Dylan – poet, song-writer and occasional performer.


So, as we celebrate the Nobel Literature Award can we look forward to hearing Dylan in the auditorium before the screenings. Perhaps ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ before American Honey (2016).

But we could possibly also enjoy Dylan on film. There is Don’t Look Back (1967), a classic music documentary of the 1966 UK tour: a genre that features in the 2016 LIFF. There is Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz (1978), another very fine documentary, this time of a single concert. There is Wonder Boys (2000), for which Dylan won an Academy Award for Best Song, ”Things Have Changed’. And then there is I’m Not There (2007) with several different Dylan’s, including an intriguing one by Cate Blanchett.

My favourite Dylan moment on film is unlikely to be available in a print now: the sequence in the original release version of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) where Dylan’s ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ plays over the final moments of Sherriff Baker (Slim Pickens). A song that will [eventually] make a fine elegy for Dylan himself.



One thought on “Bob Dylan – poet, song-writer and occasional performer.

  1. I don’t like to think of Dylan as being as mortal as Sherriff Baker, Keith; though of course we all are. However, I’m pretty convinced that some of his work will be as immortal as that of some of our greatest poets; consider Shelley, for instance. Our friends in Norway know what’s what.

    And don’t forget Scorsese’s “No Direction Home”!


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