I don't want to be a drug dealer

While I have been unable to find the actual source of the phrase “nostalgia is death” (generally attributed to Dylan) I did find this interview fragment with Malcolm Jones:

``I'm just rooted back there in the `50s, and what's got me this far keeps me going,'' he says with a grin. ``I know people who've got that online thing and games and things, but I find it too inhibiting to sit in front of a screen. On any level -- I don't even like to sit and watch TV too much. I feel I'm being manipulated.''

Dylan called his latest, Grammy-winning album ``World Gone Wrong,'' and meant every word of it.

Two songs are by the late Georgia bluesman Willie McTell, a musician whose passing he mourned in one of his greatest songs, ``Blind Willie McTell'' (``Power and greed and corruptible seed/ Seem to be all that there is'') and whose work, for Dylan, symbolizes a level of craft fast vanishing.

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Posted by Jeff at July 22, 2008 11:24 AM

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