Rolling Thunder: Little-known facts about Bob Dylan

A Martin Scorsese-directed documentary about the musician just hit Netflix

Stars Insider

12/06/19 | StarsInsider


He’s one of the most celebrated musicians of all time, and now Bob Dylan’s getting the Netflix treatment. And we’re not talking your average music documentary—this is a Martin Scorsese-helmed project coming in at a whopping two hours and 22 minutes. Say hello to ‘Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.’

Describes Netflix:

“In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.”

Writes the Guardian:

“‘There was a Rolling Thunder energy and that was his invention,’ Joan Baez says in ‘Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story,’ the documentary by Martin Scorsese released this week on Netflix. Using verite and concert footage, some of it first seen in Dylan’s long-buried feature film ‘Renaldo and Clara,’ Scorsese reframes that energy while adding a layer of meta-reality that reflects Dylan’s enduring fascination with masks, disguises and alternative facts.”

Does this all sound a little vague? Well the man himself is no better at explaining it.

“I’m trying to get to the core of what this Rolling Thunder thing is all about,” Dylan says in the documentary. “I don’t have a clue because it’s about nothing! It’s just something that happened 40 years—and that’s the truth of it. I don’t remember a thing about Rolling Thunder. It happened so long ago I wasn’t even born.”

Besides Dylan, the documentary also features famous names like Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, Sharon Stone, and Allen Ginsberg. Hopefully they can help clear things up…

Here’s what we do know: there are actual facts about Dylan available out there, and we’ve gathered as many as we could for you.

Check out this gallery for little-known facts about this tremendously famous figure. All facts according to CBC Music, unless otherwise indicated>


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