Now, though, Bob Dylan wants to further diversify his career. Possibly spurred on by a kind of jealousy of Chris Moyles, Bob Dylan has decided to turn radio DJ for satellite radio broadcaster XM.
Bob Dylan (CDs) used to be thought of as a bit of an enigmatic reclusive –
a public identity never seemed to appeal to him. But lately, things have
changed. There was the advert for ladies pants that he starred in,
there was the autobiography, there was the record deal with Starbucks, there was the auction of his early poems and, most importantly, the feature-length Martin Scorsese documentary all about Bob Dylan.
And now Bob Dylan has announced that he is to present a weekly
one-hour radio show for satellite company XM, which has been apparently
courting Dylan for the last 18 months. Dylan will reportedly present
the show from a combination of home, hotel room and tour bus. Bob Dylan
"Songs and music have always inspired me. A lot of my own songs have
been played on the radio, but this is the first time I’ve ever been on
the other side of the mic. It’ll be as exciting for me as it is for XM."
Bob Dylan Ragga Boom Mix-hall Hour (OK, so that’s not the real name of the
show) is said to be a mixture of music, talk, interviews and a crazy
phone-in competition based around a game of darts (yeah, that’s a lie,
Satellite radio has started to really take off in America lately. As well as Bob Dylan, XM also created a rap channel with Snoop Dogg, while XM’s rival broadcaster Sirius recently signed loudmouth DJ Howard Stern to present a show.
Typical. America gets digital Bob Dylan to listen to, and what do we get? That bloke off Red Dwarf talking about Sister Sledge all the time on 6 Music. Hardly seems fair, does it?
[story by Stuart Heritage]