65 Revisited

Steven Rainey revists '65, and the birth of a rock legend

Perhaps an unusual choice for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, '65 Revisited, made up of out-takes from DA Pennebaker’s 1967 Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back, played out to a full house in the Black Box.

Whilst Don’t Look Back framed Dylan as an amphetamine-guzzling dynamo, spiraling out of control and changing the face of rock 'n' roll as he went along, '65 Revisited catches him in a more sympathetic light.

Interacting with increasingly bewildered fans, getting fitted for snazzy suits and generally coming to terms with the fact that he is leaving normality behind forever, the film is a fascinating portrayal of a bygone era.

What stops all of this becoming just an exercise in nostalgia is the candid glimpse we get of Dylan, caught in the middle of the creative process which will lead to some of the most distinctive and revered music of the 1960s and the modern day.

Sitting alone at the piano, Dylan pumps out chords and melodies and we get a unique insight into the raw material of music that would be declared classic almost the second it was released.

In terms of the festival, whilst a Dylan screening might not at first seem entirely relevant, the film’s portrayal of unbridled creativity could be seen as a key theme of the festival, and one can only hope that all those who were lucky enough to attend this screening came away with some sense of this.