D.A. Pennebaker’s classic 1967 documentary Don’t Look Back will be re-released on Blu-Ray on April 24. As a featured extra, it will include this terrific reminiscence between Pennebaker and music journalist/cultural critic Greil Marcus, who wrote two of our favorite Dylan books: The Old, Weird America: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes and Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads.
Our other favorite is of course literary critic Christopher Ricks’ nutty and wonderful Dylan’s Vision of Sin. Ricks and Marcus approach the artist through very different prisms — for a fun chance to compare and contrast, check out their recent joint lecture at the Heyman School for the Humanities. (The video clocks in at over an hour and forty minutes, too long for some, not nearly long enough for the Dylan-obsessed.)
Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.