Paco can't quite get into Bob Dylan although our guest has tried to turn him on to the canon. Comedian Tony Camin joins the Sup Doc gang to provide a Dylan fan's insight into the obtuse Netflix concoction Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019).
Netflix describes it as “part concert film, part fever dream” and an “alchemic mix of fact and fantasy.”
“Rolling Thunder Revue” is an engaging but disorganized and long-winded account of the time in 1975 that Bob Dylan convened a vagabond caravan of musicians, poets, reporters, photographers, money men, and hangers-on to tour the United States in the lead-up to the country’s Bicentennial celebration. The tour was a bust financially and in terms of cultural impact. Nevertheless, the Rolling Thunder Revue rejuvenated Dylan as a musician, in the manner of Elvis Presley’s 1968 “comeback” special. And it generated enormous amounts of tour footage, some of which is reproduced here, within a highly conceptual framework, by Scorsese.
Our guest Tony Camin has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, and lots of others that have been cancelled. He’s has performed at The Just For Laughs festival in Montreal as well as The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as well as the Melbourne Comedy festival in Australia. Tony has written for programs on NBC, VH1, and Comedy Central. In addition to being co-creator/ performer of “The Marijuana-Logues”, he can also be seen as a correspondent for “The Media Project”, on IFC, and was a recent contestant on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
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