When Studs Terkel Talked With Bob Dylan

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Dec. 16 2013 2:36 PM

When Studs Terkel Talked With Bob Dylan

Today at Open Culture, Slate’s own Rebecca Onion highlights this Studs Terkel interview of Bob Dylan, which was recently added to YouTube by GionoFilm. The audio is from a rebroadcast of a conversation that first aired on WFMT’s The Studs Terkel Program in 1963.

Terkel, talking over a tune that will be fresh in the mind of anyone who’s seen Inside Llewyn Davis, introduces Dylan as a “young folk poet” who “you might say looks like Huckleberry Finn, but lives in the 20th century,” and he begins the interview thusly: “How can we describe you, Bob Dylan?” Right from the start, Dylan is elusive, if not downright evasive, but fascinating to listen to nonetheless. Enjoy.

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David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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