Now viewable on Netflix, Martin Scorsese’s documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1975-76 live performance peak, the Rolling Thunder Revue, records Dylan at his presumptive best in his mid 30s, with Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson and T-Bone Burnett:
Dylan at his peak:
“Isis” with Scarlett Rivera:
With performances by Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell:
Here’s Joni’s song about her love affair with cowboy playwright / actor (Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff) Sam Shepard, rather nervous about what Dylan will think.
The only disappointment in Scorsese’s documentary is that it leaves out Dylan’s greatest 1970s song Tangled Up in Blue. So as public service, here’s what Scorsese left out: Dylan’s rather hoarse rendition of this Tangled Up in Blue (a reference to Joni Mitchell’s 1971 album Blue).
A friend of mine from high school, “Jeff Worthing,” played this song for me on our way to the 20th high school anniversary reunion:
So now I’m goin’ back again
I got to get to her somehow
All the people we used to know
They’re an illusion to me now
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenters’ wives
Don’t know how it all got started
I don’t know what they’re doin’ with their lives
But me, I’m still on the road
Headin’ for another joint
We always did feel the same
We just saw it from a different point of view
Tangled up in blue
As you may have heard, about 10% of the documentary is a Spinal Tap-style spoof with fictitious characters, such as a mobbed-up promoter and a teenage Sharon Stone. I would have instead gone for adding a little boy Adam Sandler to the tour, since Bob and Adam are almost identical at this point.