All You Need is Love (of Reason)

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Submitted by Jameson on Mon, 2007-07-16 03:23

Rolling Stone’s 40th Anniversary edition is by all accounts a sentimental tribute to the wishy-washy hippy, full of interviews with icons from the era. Appropriate then that they sat down with the top two on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list: Bob Dylan, who came second only to the Beatles, and Paul McCartney.

Bob’s influence on the magazine’s founder was not inconsiderable: Jann Wenner began his career as a music critic under the pseudonym Mr. Jones, taken from Dylan’s hit song, and named his magazine after Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”, which Rolling Stone ranked #1 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. So Wenner took the honour of interviewing Dylan himself, and did his best to get him into the swing of the auspicious anniversary by asking him the no-brainer question about global warming… but things didn’t quite go according to plan...

Wenner: What do you think of the historical moment we’re in today? We seem to be hell bent on destruction. Do you worry about global warming?
Dylan: In what sense do you mean.
Wenner: Bob, come on.
Dylan: No, you come on. In what sense do you mean that?
Wenner: We seem to be hell-bent on destruction. Do you worry about global warming?
Dylan: Where’s the global warming? It’s freezing here.
Wenner: It seems a pretty frightening outlook.
Dylan: I think what you’re driving at, though, is we expect politicians to solve all our problems. I don’t expect politicians to solve anybody’s problems.
Wenner: Who is going to solve them?
Dylan: Our own selves. We’ve got to take the world by the horns and solve our own problems. The world owes us nothing, each and every one of us, the world owes us not one single thing. Politicans or whoever.

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By stark contrast, here's a snippet of Paul McCartney's interview by Anthony DeCurtis…

DeCurtis: As you look ahead, what are the major issues facing us now?
McCartney: To make some headway in world peace. It would be great if people with differences in the world today would realize that there are no differences — it’s an energy field, dude! What’s needed is the same old thing: peace and love. Not to be frivolous, but that is still the great aim. Well, and you guys probably need a new leader [laughs] ! I mean, that would help.
DeCurtis: No kidding.
McCartney: And we do too. You know that book The Ugly American? Britain’s part of that syndrome now. It’s like we’re in a state of denial. What global warming? What war? But global warming is a reality. The environment is a reality.

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Paul (it’s an energy field, dude) McCartney heads the list of Rolling Stone’s 40th Anniversary 17 featured interviews, that also includes lefty luminaries, Michael Moore, Jane Fonda, Steven Spielberg and Jimmy Carter.

Bob didn’t make it into the top 17.


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gregster's picture

He was interviewed mainly about his car racing interests on television, Fox it may have been, during the main US Iraq invasion backlash. The interviewer allowed him to then eloquently state his support for Bush when most were unsure- "when you're walking through a rough neighburhood you should take a rottweiler not a poodle". He expanded on the subject, showed no signs of rockstar stupidity and the intelligence was surprising.

Gene (sit on my tongue) Simmons?

Jameson's picture

Why is he so sensible, Gregster? Smiling

Too Much Dope?

gregster's picture

Neil Finn gets himself involved in that silly Al Gore concert. Is he trying to hard to maintain the younger music buyer fans? Or is he just plain dumb? I suggest his weed is way too strong!

The only sensible rocker I can think of is Gene Simmons from Kiss!!?? (True)

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