Bob Dylan in Zagreb, 8th of June 2010.

Bob Dylan in his late years - a drawing

Bob Dylan had a concert in Zagreb yesterday. Yeah, Bob Dylan, my name is Bob, spell it backwards and it's Bob again Dylan!

But, Bob Dylan was in Zagreb many years before, of course ... I remember Bob Dylan in wooden boxes with old records, around time when my friend Đuro moved to a new apartment. It was probably year 1992. Former owner of the apartment forgot the records. And, as my friends from that time were almost all punkers, Dylan was not at all interesting for them. He was for me.

First time I heard him on "Basement tapes" in my high-school days during some physics competition. At that time, Albert Dvornik listened to him. He was really interested in my guitar picking, and he was trying to learn something from me. He was singing Dylan's song all the time while I was trying to follow him... somehow. The songs were totally unknown to me. Later I stole him a tape, actually "Basement tape" with The Band - I never returned it to him. Dylan didn't impress me much at the time, although I got some pieces anyhow. The story continues with the beginning of my student years, with my pal Buljan who introduced me to "Highway 61 revisited" - he found it in some american shopping mall in huge plastic boxes where one could find cheap merchandise that couldn't be sold by the price originally asked for it. That gave me some thoughts ...

And then, there was the forgotten box with records from which I took about a dozen of Dylan's albums. Freewheelin', John Wesley Harding, Slow train, Blood on the tracks... man ... Blood on the tracks. That hit me.

Those days on my room doors I had a drawing of Dylan that I pretty skillfully made in crayons. The image was from the cover of the album "The times they are a-changin'". Spiky Dylan's face that looks upon the world from above. Eh ... So, as Dylan was already then in Zagreb, I said, it is about time to repeat the drawing now, when he arrived again. This time differently, of course, as time demands it. So I first drew/painted Dylan from a period a couple of years ago (the image that opened the post). Dylan in his old years.

Mladi Bob Dylan - crtež

I also drew Dylan from his youth, from the phase when he was neither a man, nor a woman, from the phase that Cate Blanchett played so well in the movie "I'm not there" (I definitely recommend it, although it may be a bit obscure to people who don't know Dylan well).

Dylan is a man of change as we all are, only we are sometimes ashamed to admit it. He made changes his trademark. Nobody changes as Dylan does, and nobody is that consistent in it. From a young rebel that bows to no one, to a resigned man in his prime, all to the old man that is less and less interested in the world, takes from it what he still can and somehow ironically sees himself and the world.

I am reading a book "Disciplined minds" by Jeff Schmidt, ex editor of "Physics Today" that was sacked by his employers for "uncovering" in his book how the professionals (physicists included and particularly, since the guy is a physicist) are most often just servants of the system and money, even when they struggle hard to prove the opposite. There is no freedom and you are always a servant. In relation to that, I remembered some of Dylan's, certainly not the best, but surely appropriate verses. With that I finish my post.

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.


But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

Bob Dylan, "Gotta Serve Somebody"

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