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Adv Mon PMs April 21
By JAY SHARBUTT
AP Television Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - It may sound odd, but Bob Dylan, the young guru of
social comment in song in the early 1960s, complains that it's tough
to write that kind of song now. He says ''it's hard to find a
The reclusive songsmith and singer made the comment in a taped
interview with singer Mary Travers - once of the Peter, Paul and Mary
trio - for her syndicated ''Mary Travers and Friend'' radio show.
The program is being broadcast this week on about 80 stations.
Dylan, who lists the late Woody Guthrie as a major influence in his
songwriting career, was asked if he felt social comment in song is
sort of an unreasonable position to take these days.
''No, it's a very reasonable position to take now,'' he said. ''It's
just . . . hard to be specific about what we're even talking about
here, let alone try to write a song . . . or make some kind of art
form out of these big situations which are happening in the world.''
He didn't elaborate on which situations he had in mind.
The rarely interviewed performer, whose hit compositions include
''The Times, They Are A-Changin','' complained to Miss Travers that
the changes seem to be coming too briskly nowadays.
''From day to day, they're just rolling over too fast to keep your
eye on,'' he said. ''Whereas back then (in the 1930s), when Woody
(Guthrie) was doing all his writing things, the media wasn't so
Dylan didn't make clear if he was putting the blame for swift
changes on the media. But he agreed with Miss Travers that whatever
was in need of changing took longer to change back in the Guthrie era.
Now, he said, ''it can be confusing if you want to write what they
call topical songs. It's hard to find a frontier.''
Dylan, who of late hasn't written what you'd call protest songs,
said he was writing that kind of song well before they came into
vogue, but called a halt when other performers and writers got into
''Everybody gets on your case,'' he groused. ''You just don't want
to do it anymore.''
And, in an apparent reference to recording executives who wanted him
to stay in the protest bag as long as hits resulted, he said that
''you don't want to do what you're told to do.
''It's discouraging, plus you're just running over the same ground
. . . 'say it again, say it again.' That's what they want.''
Dylan, who last year came out of near-total seclusion to make a
successful concert tour of the United States, didn't discuss his
personal life or future plans during the interview, taped early this
month in Oakland, Calif. But he did offer his method of recording an
''I just play what I want to play, and what comes out comes out,''
he said. ''I don't plan albums. All that pressure's off. I don't have
to go in and make an album every six months. I don't think of it that
''I just continue to play my gee-tar and if there's a song that's in
my heart to do, I'll do it.''
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