Bob Dylan is the latest artist to be the subject of a major film, with a new documentary exploring one of his most chaotic and exciting tours to be released next week.
Movie makers just can’t get enough of musicians right now. Hot on the heels of the release of dramas such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, and the Aretha Franklin docu Amazing Grace, comes yet another film about an artist.
This time the star in question is folk hero, songwriter and cult figure Bob Dylan. Through rare footage and interviews expertly curated by the award-winning director Martin Scorsese, we join Dylan and his band of wanderers as they criss-cross America on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
It’s 1975 and 1976 and the US is still reeling from Watergate and the Vietnam War. Feminism is gaining momentum and the nation is divided (sound familiar?).
In a movie that bills itself as part documentary, part concert film and part dream, we see Dylan at his charismatic best (and giving a rare interview). We also hear from singers Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, the poet Allan Ginsberg and Rubin Carter, the incarcerated boxer and civil rights activist who inspired one of Dylan’s greatest songs Hurricane.
Here’s a trailer to whet your appetite.
The documentary is another powerful example of how artists help define the times they live in. For fans of Dylan and lovers of social history and popular culture, it’s a must-see.
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese will premier Netflix on 12 June although special road show screenings will take place a night before in major cities including London.
A 14-disc box set for fans of Dylan’s music will also be released.