Bob Dylan broke with tradition and gave a speech that lasted 30 minutes
Bob Dylan has turned the tables on his critics during a 30-minute speech, at a charity gala honouring his career.
The 73-year-old, who rarely talks about his work, asked why critics complain he “can’t sing” and sounds “like a frog” but do not “say that about Tom Waits?”
“Critics say my voice is shot, that I have no voice. Why don’t they say those things about Leonard Cohen? Why do I get special treatment?” he continued.
The event was to mark charity Musicares naming Dylan their person of the year.
Artists including Tom Jones, Jack White, Beck, Sheryl Crow and Crosby, Stills and Nash performed covers of Dylan’s work at the pre-Grammys event in Los Angeles on Friday night.
Springsteen joined Rage Against the Machine star Tom Morello for a version of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, while Neil Young played Dylan classic Blowin’ in the Wind.
Dylan did not perform, but instead appeared on stage with a pile of loose papers, which he referred to saying: “I’m going to read some of this.”
After a standing ovation, Dylan said: “Critics say I can’t carry a tune and I talk my way through a song. Really? I’ve never heard that said about Lou Reed. Why does he get to go scot-free?” he asked.
Jack White performed One More Cup Of Coffee at the event
Dylan often read from his notes during the speech
A transcript of the 30-minute speech has been published on the LA Times website, although reporter Randall Roberts said he was unable to get every word.
“Because of moments of applause, and some echoey acoustics, a few of Dylan’s words were inaudible on the recording I’ve consulted.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment