By Tim Beidel
Director of Interactive Development
The VIA Group
I had the opportunity to be among the readers last Saturday at Foto-Rhetoric: The Poetry of Bob Dylan. While I was looking forward to it, it occurred to me on the way to the Museum that this could turn out like a horrible college date: a few disinterested passers-by pausing as they noticed someone was reading song lyrics to them from the corner, and worse, talking about what those lyrics meant to them.
I needn’t have worried. The gallery was packed, as it has often been for the Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography exhibition, and there was a big group of Dylanphiles ready to hang on to each and every word—words that in most cases they have been hanging on to for decades.
We readers provided a cross-section of Dylan’s work, from the iconic (”Blowin’ In The Wind,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’”) to, thanks to Dennis Bailey, a former spokesman for Maine Governor Angus King, poetry from Dylan’s album liner notes.
The highlight, though, was when an audience member read “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” and everyone joined along in the refrain. This was the kind of crowd that would have thought this was a good college date.