Why were you not part of the concert in homage to Dylan [the 1992 Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden]?
I think I was invited, but I made a joke. Don Ienner, who’s the president of Columbia, mentioned this concert to me and I made a joke. He said that there would be a Dylan tribute. I said, ‘Bob Dylan, that commie. He singlehandedly destroyed society.’ I said, ‘My daughter wrote on the edge of her book: ‘Your sons and your daughters are beyond your control.’ Thanks a lot, Bob.’ And I don’t know if they thought I was serious or not. Then, I was never asked again.
Excerpt from The Future by Alberto Manzano. El Europeo: Spring 1993.
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Oct 1, 2018.