‘I’ll stop there and wander around’

Bob Dylan has been granting some fascinating interviews lately. The Duluth native and Iron Range-raised musician is also waxing nostalgic about the place where he’s from. This item ran in Tuesday’s “Eh?” column in the Duluth News Tribune, which contained this excerpt from this month’s Rolling Stone interview of Dylan.

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan shares his take on the Northland with interviewer Douglas Brinkley, also a Rice University historian. Here are a few excerpts:

“I ask Dylan if he minds people visiting Hibbing or Duluth or Minneapolis searching for the root of his talent. ‘Not at all,’ he surprisingly says. ‘That town where I grew up hasn’t really changed that much, so whatever was in the air before is probably still there. I go through once in a while coming down from Canada. I’ll stop there and wander around.’

“As for Duluth, where his grandparents lived, he thinks it’s one of the country’s forgotten gems. ‘You’ll never see another town like Duluth,’ he says. ‘It’s not a tourist destination, but it probably should be. Depends what season you’re in, though. There are only two seasons: damp and cold. I like the way the hills tumble to the waterfront and the way the wind blows around the grain elevators. The train yards go on forever too. It’s old-age industrial, that’s what it is. You’ll see it from the top of the hill for miles and miles before you get there. You won’t believe your eyes. I’ll give you a medal if you get out alive.’

“… Dylan is so down-home that he considers the boondocks of Hibbing-Duluth to be far grander than Paris.

“The air is so pure there,” he says. “And the brooks and rivers are still running. The forests are thick, and the landscape is brutal. And the sky is still blue up there. It is still pretty untarnished. It’s still off the beaten path. But I hardly ever go back.”

Dylan Days is May 21-24, 2009. We’ve got some interesting new stuff over at the website, including a animated invitation to the Benefit Concert with Scarlet Rivera and a locally recorded YouTube interview of Gene LaFond (who plays with the Wild Unknown), another of this year’s many visiting performers.


  1. Arle L. Hagberg says

    Dear Mr. Brown,
    I’ve been a long time listener/respecter of you and Mr. Moran – via one of the top radio stations (KAXE). I respectfully hope that you and Chuck would explore some other regional stations, such as Leech Lake Reservation’s station KOBJ. It often surpasses in the AM most public programming…
    – and not because Native American MD David DeRose interviews some of the doctors in my medical directory, but because he DARES to interview those docs who employ FDA-approved office procedures that frequently replace…get ready now:
    1. Heart stents and by-pass surgery since the late 1940’s! I.V.Chelation – don’t run to Wikipedia where the bypass industry has that covered – is practiced in all 50 states, even in Northome (!) for 20 years by Dr. Parke (ret) and the Twin City suburbs.
    2. Injection Prolo-Therapy (far less politically controlled) is practiced per out Twin Cities suburbs routinely replacing joint replacement surgery. Before you think this is impossible, please google getprolo.com and meet Dr. Mark Wheaton, Natural Arts Clinic, lakeshore location on Minnetonka –
    but it’s so cool how he drives up to Menahga every third weekend of the month, to serve those in Northern MN who’d rather have a series of painful shots OF DEXTROSE in their joints rather than having joints replaced! Bemidji’s Dr. Headlee, D.C., avoided double hip replacement after I told him 4 years ago at a Chamber of Commerce event “If you can get down to Menahga (when Doc Wheaton leaves his hot-shot practice every third weekend) you can avoid the surgery, which he did. I say,”YA, MENAHGA. ONE MORE REASON TO BEAT OUR CHESTS OVER LITTLE TOWNS! (Caution, when approaching from the Twin Cities, slow down on entering THE CITY as the clinic on the righthand side of the road is just north of FINN Park where the little Finn statue greets you.
    Dr. Mark once had to interrupt his busy busy practice to go on ESPN2 and explain to the stuffed shirts on the Olympic Committee, “No, Prolotherapy is not a banned substance,” tee hee!
    Love my Town, Bejimminy….when back in the days your lost Dog could come home in a cab, free.
    Your biggest radio fan, Arle Hagberg, co-authored with Grand Forks MD, RH Leigh,
    “Find Alternative MD’s – With MEDICAL Alternatives to Drugs/Surgery. Before he died well into his 90’s
    my old Doc friend phoned me and said “Get the word out!”
    Amy Goodwin’s Democracy Now is the “meatiest” news program ever

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