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Bob Dylan: Preemptive Obituaries

Greil Marcus, Interview, August 1997

I WAS IN England in late May, trying to get people to read a book about Bob Dylan's 1967 basement tapes recordings, when the story that Dylan might be near death from a rare heart ailment hit the papers. The queer thing about the news was the seeming eagerness with which it was reported. You could almost hear a sigh of relief: "My liege, I bring great news – the '60s are over! Finally, we can close the book!"

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