© The Financial Times Ltd 2015 FT and 'Financial Times' are trademarks of The Financial Times Ltd.
August 30, 2013 6:04 pm
Self-Portrait was slated for its strange cover versions and faux-cowboy sentimentality when it came out in 1970. Bob Dylan later claimed it was purposefully “crap” to shake off his “voice of a generation” tag, which sounds as dubious as most of his public pronouncements. It makes better sense as a speculative and patchy early expression of the interest in old-fashioned parlour ballads and pre-1960s pop that has consumed him in his latter years. The album is the focus of the latest archival release in the Bootlegs Series, a collection of demos and unreleased tracks that present the singer in an untreated setting of guitar, vocals and piano, sounding more like the “real” Dylan of people’s wishes. It’s a rewarding behind-the-scenes glimpse; but I can’t help feeling the original, derided Self-Portrait provides the truer picture.
Another Self-Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2015. You may share using our article tools.
Please don't cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web.