The 1978 film Renaldo and Clara was a 235-minute-long French New Wave/Beat Generation-inspired collage of concert footage, documentary, and dramatic fiction. After almost universally negative reviews, its limited release in theaters in major U.S. cities was stopped. Rolling Stone insisted: “This is meant to work at the level of Freud, but it is a lot closer to fraud.” In The New Yorker, Pauline Kael wrote, "It’s what Louis and Marie Antoinette might have done at Versailles if only they’d had the cameras.” Dylan played Renaldo.
Pope Benedict was opposed to Bob Dylan appearing at a youth event with the late Pope John Paul in 1997 because he considered the pop star the wrong kind of "prophet," Benedict writes in a new book issued on Thursday. Benedict, who was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the time of the concert in Bologna, Italy, makes the disclosure in a new book of memoirs about his predecessor, who died in 2005. "There was reason to be skeptical, -- I was, and in a certain sense I still am, -- to doubt if it was really right to let these types of prophets intervene," Benedict writes, only mentioning Dylan among the stars who appeared. At the 1997 concert, Dylan, the anti-conformist troubadour of the 1960s and one of the 20th century's greatest influences on popular music, sang three songs before the Pope as part of a concert that included a number of other, mostly Italian artists. read more at : https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-dylan-idUSL0862623620070309
Their marriage and parenthood was completely unknown to both Dylan's fans and the media until the 2001 publication of Down the Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan by Howard Sounes. Dennis is quoted as saying, "I have three children, but I'm not going to say which ones are Bob Dylan's." Dennis, according to her spokesman, had made a pact with her children not to publicize their paternity. "Bob Dylan has eight or nine children," Dennis says. "We're not trading on that. Bob Dylan's 'secret' daughter has married her lesbian partner - but her famous father was a no show at the wedding. Desiree Dennis-Dylan married her partner Kayla Sampson in June in an 'intimate' ceremony in Long Beach, California. The wedding took place during a six-week gap in Dylan's Never Ending Tour Schedule, but sadly Dylan, a prophet of equality and social change in the 1960's, didn't make Desi's nuptials.
It happened sometime between Bob's final year in high school and when he moved to Minneapolis to begin his truncated freshman year at the University of Minnesota. By most accounts, Bob was already a Dylan by the time he started hanging out in the cafes and among the folk crowd of Dinkytown, the student section of Minneapolis. The common mythology holds that Dylan took his name from poet Dylan Thomas, however this absolutely false. Bob was a Dylan long before he picked up any of Thomas's poetry. In a 1978 Playboy interview, Ron Rosenbaum asked Dylan, “By the time you arrived in New York, you'd changed your name from Robert Zimmerman to Bob Dylan. Was it because of Dylan Thomas?” Dylan's response: “No, I haven't read that much of Dylan Thomas... It wasn't that I was inspired by reading some of his poetry and going “Aha!” and changing my name to Dylan. If I thought he was that great, I would have sung his poems and could just have easily changed my name to Thomas... I just chose that name and it stuck.” Zimmerman Becomes Dylan According to Daniel Mark Epstein in his biography, The Ballad of Bob Dylan, the switch from Zimmerman to Dylan began back when Dylan was 17 or 18. As the front man for of his rockabilly-blues garage band, The Golden Chords, Bobby Zimmerman was the typical James Dean-posing rocker, playing high school talent shows and trying to impress the chicks. Even at that young age, Dylan had an amazing natural sense about the importance of image for entertainers, and he groomed himself accordingly. It was all about the look. The appeal. And paramount to all, the name. At the time, wrote Epstein, “He was a great fan of Matt Dillon, the sheriff of the television series Gunsmoke. In 1958, he confided to his high school sweetheart [Echo Helstrom] that he planned to devote his life to music, adding that 'I know what I'm going to call myself. I've got this great name—Bob Dillon.' That was how he told new friends to spell his (assumed) last name. He also told them that Dillon was his mother's maiden name (it wasn't), and that Dillon was a town in Oklahoma (it isn't).” With the name Dillon fully intact, Epstein goes on to assert that the spelling shifted to Dylan in Dinkytown, when Bob began plumbing the depths of world literature, “reading the poetry of Pound and Eliot, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg; the novels of Kerouac and William Burroughs and Dylan Thomas, rebaptizing himself Bob Dylan.”