Roots, Religion & Dylan

From BeliefNet we read:

Bob Dylan memoir traces his musical and spiritual journey --

"Those old songs are my lexicon and prayer book," Bob Dylan said in 1997, when the release of his "Time Out of Mind" album returned him to his rightful place front and center in the rock ‘n roll consciousness after years of uncertain drift. "All my beliefs come out of those old songs, literally, anything from ‘Let Me Rest on that Peaceful Mountain’ to ‘Keep on the Sunny Side.’ You can find all my philosophy in those old songs. I believe in a God of time and space, but if people ask me about that, my impulse is to point them back toward those songs. I believe in Hank Williams singing ‘I Saw the Light.’ I’ve seen the light, too."

Around this time, Dylan gave another interview about American roots music—like the songs of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, several of which he was singing in his concerts. "That’s my religion," he said. "I don’t adhere to rabbis, preachers, evangelists…I’ve learned more from the songs than I’ve learned from any of this kind of entity."

yeah, brother, testify!

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