Bob Dylan’s tour of the UK in 1965 comes under the scrutiny of director D A Pennebaker’s cameras in a deservedly famous, pioneering 1967 fly-on-the-wall rockumentary, which has a sharp eye for the boredom of the road and the pressures of performing.
It follows Dylan from his opening concert in Sheffield up to his final triumph at London’s Albert Hall, taking in a performance of The Times They Are A’-Changin’, clashes with reporters, encounters with fans, an appearance by Joan Baez and even a most curious meeting with our very own Donovan.
Funny, revealing and enjoyable, this is one groovy movie, a must for Dylan fans and Sixties nostalgists.
The normally reticent Dylan (just 23) is remarkably revealing and there are memorable moments with Baez, Alan Price, beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, and especially pop star troubadour Donovan, who comes to worship the star and is hilariously mocked.
It looks great in black and white and sounds great, too, thanks to the classic songs ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’, ‘Don’t Think Twice’, ‘It’s All Over Now’ and ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’.
© Derek Winnert 2016 Classic Movie Review 4313
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