Thirty years ago, various culture wars hadn't been fought yet, so Bob Dylan could appear as a pop star and politico and cool weirdo, as a social flashpoint, but not really as a world-historical artist. Sure, he was prolific, mercurial, sui generis, immeasurably influential, irresolvable, astoundingly affecting. Sure, he was taken more seriously than Herman's Hermits. Still, no one could just out and say Dylan was Picasso... More >>>