The Nils Chioler Interview July 11, 1978

Landvetter Airport, Gothenburg, Sweden Broadcast by Swedish Television later that same day.
Q. Bob Dylan, the symbol of the sixties.

Bob Dylan: To who?

Q. To the youth of the sixties.

B.D.: Who said that? I never said that.

Q. Wasn't it you? Do you think there is a difference between you of the sixties and the Bob Dylan of today?

B.D.: I couldn't tell you. Is there a difference between you in the sixties and today?

Q. Oh, I think so, yes. Don't you think your music has developed, from the sixties.

B.D.: Possibly.

Q. When you are around touring, as you are now, do you think it's another audience than the one you met in the sixties.

B.D.: No. It's the same, basically same.

Q. Are you failing to reach the new, youth generation.

B.D.: I Don't know.

Q. You don't think there's a difference between you and the songs you write?

B.D.: I don't think so.

The Mette Fugl interview July 11, 1978

Landvetter Airport, Gothenburg, Sweden Partially broadcast by Danish television on July 12 and 16 (TV-Aktuellt)
Q. Okay, once you wrote songs about your dreams. You wrote "Bob Dylans Dream," "115th Dream," what are you doing these days?

Bob Dylan: Same thing.

Q. What would be your 1978 version of a visionary song?

B.D.: All of them.

Q. Anyone. Okay. Whatever you do almost it has been categorised as pure genius. Is there space in your great success for self criticism for artistic development?

B.D.: Mmmm, surely.

Q. When everybody says it's genius it's pure genius?

B.D.: I don't think everybody says that.

Q. You have said in interviews that your songs have no political content and no social significance. But still you attract one of the largest crowds in the history of pop music. Doesn't that indicate that your songs have a certain social significance?

B.D.: What do you mean?

Q. Is it only your admirers, your audience that find an interest in the content of your songs or are you just caught up of the contents?

B.D.: Possibly.

Q. Is it that you just don't want to discuss it?

B.D.: Well, no. You never know what's happening in the minds of men.

Q. No and you don't want. But you have written songs about Hurricane Carter and Joey Gallo and you've dedicated your last album to Emmett Grogan. They have one thing in common those three men. They are sort of outlaws. Do you have an outlaw syndrome?

B.D.: No, not really.

Q. Not really. How come you dedicate your songs to the sad eyed drifters, the rough riders?

B.D.: Well, who ... they just happen to be in the forefront of my imagination.