“I got a couple of phone calls from Dylan’s people and I actually ignored the first couple,” says Love in an NPR interview. In bypassing the calls, Love suspected that Dylan & Co. thought that perhaps he was still at his old job at Rolling Stone. “Once I did speak to them — no, Bob intentionally wanted to reach the AARP audience. And he thought that this record would be more appreciated by people who had more wisdom and experience in life.” Ah, Love sure knows how to characterize his target audience. AARP markets itself as “a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives.”
AARP The Magazine secured the print exclusive for the “Shadows in the Night” release interview. It’s the singer’s first interview in almost three years, according to the magazine.
Whatever Dylan’s intent, Love’s interview with the legendary musician is well worth the time, primarily because it explores music’s relationship to time, and to the generations. Dylan, as it turns out, has some thoughts on that particular area. Check out this exchange:
Love: What are you seeing from the stage?Dylan: I see a guy dressed up in a suit and tie next to a guy in blue jeans. I see another guy in a sport coat next to another guy wearing a T-shirt. I see women sometimes in evening gowns, and I see punky-looking girls. I can see that there’s a difference in character, and it has nothing to do with age. I went to an Elton John show; there must have been at least three generations of people there. But they were all the same. Even the little kids. They looked just like their grandparents. It was strange. People make a fuss about how many generations follow a certain type of performer. But what does it matter if all the generations are the same?