Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Conversation with Saginaw Grant / Another Self-Portrait by Bob Dylan

Saginaw Grant (Chief Big Bear in "Lone Ranger") said, "I would suggest to the people who will read this that they go see The Lone Ranger.  It's not what we've seen in the past.  It's going to be completely different. That's what's going to make it different. It's not the way we were portrayed in the past episodes of the old Lone Ranger.  You have to see it to understand it, and to really see what we've done.  I encourage especially our Native people to come and watch it."

It has just occurred to me that Gore Verbinski's "Lone Ranger" reminds me of all those years of songs by Bob Dylan that have been in my mind and heart since I was 14 years old, fifty years ago.  No wonder I keep thinking about the movie.  No wonder most movie critics are giving it terrible reviews.  It's a movie that either speaks to you or it doesn't.

Well, the Lone Ranger and Tonto
They are ridin' down the line
Fixin' ev'rybody's troubles
Ev'rybody's 'cept mine
Somebody musta tol' 'em
That I was doin' fine
(Bob Dylan's Blues, 1963)

Just heard about "Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 (1969-1971)" which will be released on August 27:


Goat said...

Wow, you know what, I've been slow to catch up with the Bootleg Series, am currently patching up the holes in my Vols 1-3 - and it just occurred to me I don't even have 'Self-Portrait'! That clip is great: wonderful shots of him (carrying a drum?) in NYC, and the ones with the dog and chickens! And his voice on there is beautiful - I'll be grabbing this one for sure come August.

am said...

I was one of the few who liked "Self-Portrait" when it came out and am looking forward to hearing more from this era.





1969-1971 were memorable years in my life. Love and war. My Richard was drafted into the US Army in spring of 1969. We separated in 1971 in the chaos that followed his return from Vietnam. That music was the soundtrack for our life then. Those were sweet years for Bob Dylan and Sara. Guess it's time to revisit those years.

Unknown said...

I love saginaw have seen him at a couple of powwows .his face is so beautiful and I love his dance live on saginaw mama janyce