..Dylan, who is interviewed backstage at Wembley by Martha Quinn for MTV. The interview lasts over half an hour. Dylan is extremely talkative, discussing such matters as his early days at the Cafe Wha, the recording of Infidels, and his attitude toward videos. MTV broadcasts very little of the interview. At the end of the interview, Dylan tells Quinn that she asked some really good questions.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)
Martha Quinn: Will this tour help you reach a new generation?
Bob Dylan: I don’t reach anybody. They find me. They find me. It’s not for me to go out and reach somebody. If they can find me, they find me, and if they don’t, they don’t. That’s the way it’s always been. I don’t think it’s gonna change now just because I’m such an old man and it’s nineteen-eighty… what is it?
7 July 1984
Martha Quinn interview for MTV,
Wembley Stadium backstage, London, England
Part 1 – pre interview…
MQ: …four, Bob! Four.
How do you feel about being a rock n’ roll legend, and who else do you consider legendary?
BD: All the early rock n’ roll people who aren’t around any more, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Woodie Guthrie, is legendary, and a lot of people that you don’t have too much information about are really legendary. Somebody like Robert Johnson and a couple more would all be legendary. Jimi Hendrix is legendary.
When people sense that you’ve come through a certain heat and are still functioning in a semi-coherent type of way, I’m sure they treat you as a legendary figure, but if you go to buy a loaf of bread or you go into a restaurant to order a meal and the check comes and you say, “Hey, wait a minute, I don’t need this, I’m a legendary person, right, this is not for me,” they don’t buy that.
MQ: When I ask musicians which of their records they prefer they usually say “the latest” – what would you say?
BD: Well, I like the latest one, but I thought, uh! The one before that was my personal favorite, then some of the other records I like a lot…
BD: That Freewheelin’ album. ‘Bringing It All Back Home,’ I like that I haven’t heard them in a long time though. Well, I mean my personal favorite was the “Shot of Love” record but it didn’t seem to sell too much. I think it politically, I think it, I don’t know… I’m probably the only person that feels that way you know… one of the few.
When you’re talking to me about my records and what I do, I personally have, you know, preferences that other people don’t have I know what people wanna hear, you know, I know what they think they wanna hear, so I decide I don’t care how people think I’m gonna make this record, you know. I’m gonna make this record, that’s what I think, and everybody says, well, okay, let ‘em think that. I ain’t gonna buy that record, ‘cause I don’t think that, you know, ‘Shot of Love’ to me, I think, was a great record.