No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

At the time he wanted to make it.
The audience came to Bob.

And that's one of the things
that makes him so unique...

in the history of American music,
is the audience came to Bob Dylan.

I've never been that kind of performer...
that wants to be one of them, you know,
like one of the crowd.

I don't try to endear myself that way.
Now, do performers look for applause?
Yeah, yes and no.

It really depends
what kind of performer you are.

Like the story of Billie Holiday, you know...
when she sang Strange Fruit
for the first time, nobody applauded.

You know, you could leave somebody
kind of in a spellbound way and...

I don't know.
There's a lot of things going on...

when there's a performer on stage
and there's an audience out there.

That weekend, my daughter had been born.
Pete Seeger had made a recording of her.
And he played it.

He opened the night on Sunday night
at Newport...

and he played this little recording
of a new baby, he says:

"Here's the first folk song, the first voice...
"and we're dedicating this festival
and this music and our purposes..."

"to this new child, and the new world
that she's going to grow up in".

And that was kind of, you know...
That's the way the evening began.

I was walking around in the afternoon
and Albert Grossman took me aside...

and said, "Bob is looking for you".
And he took me to Bob and Bob said,
"I want to play Sunday night...

"and try and reproduce
what we did on the album. "

And I said:
"Okay. Sounds great".
Ladies and gentlemen...
the person that's going to come up now...
has a limited amount of time.
His name is Bob Dylan.