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I’m Not There

In Movies, Music on June 14, 2008 at 6:46 pm

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Lynn and I checked out the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There which stars Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere and others all as Bob Dylan.

Sort of.

Taken from [Alternate Takes] review

What is especially striking here is not only the fact that ‘Dylan’ has multiple actors playing him, but also that each actor is in fact playing a completely different character (a fact that was played down in the film’s publicity material, perhaps for fear of making the film’s concept seem even more confusing than it already did).

The movie is an interesting one with great performances. It piqued my curiousity so that I made a trip to Wikipedia after watching the film, read up more on Bob Dylan and checked out more of his music.

His popularity intrigues me. Bob Dylan has a terrible voice, doesn’t write catchy hooks, and has lines and lines and lines of lyrics. He certainly doesn’t seem the kind of musician to appeal to the masses, yet everyone knows him. He is the second most covered artist ever, with artists like Peter, Paul and Mary, Jimi Hendrix, Third Day, and Nickel Creek all having done songs of his. I have no real comment to make, only a pause to think about what makes good enduring music what it is.

Check out I’m Not There and be mesmerized by his gruff and mumbling singing. The soundtrack contains numerous songs of Dylan’s all covered by popular artists today who are in limbo between completely-indie and popular-among-the-masses such as Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.