Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan mutual admiration
“Dylan’s probably my biggest hero as an artist, songwriter and singer” – Kris Kristofferson
We have chosen to take a look into the relationship between Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan, and as expected it is harder to find quotes from Dylan than Kristofferson.
Dylan and Kristofferson go back a long time. Kris Kristofferson was a janitor in a Nashville studio when Dylan was recording Blonde on Blonde in 1966. They both appeared in the 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid” and they have recorded and performed each others’ material. Dylan covered Kristofferson’s They Killed Him on his album, Knocked Out Loaded.
Here Bob Dylan gives much praise to Kris Kristofferson in his recent talk at MusiCares:
“Everything was all right until – until – Kristofferson came to town. Oh, they ain’t seen anybody like him. He came into town like a wildcat that he was, flew a helicopter into Johnny Cash’s backyard, not your typical songwriter. And he went for the throat. “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”
Well, I woke up Sunday morning
With no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt.
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad
So I had one more for dessert
Then I fumbled through my closet
Found my cleanest dirty shirt
Then I washed my face and combed my hair
And stumbled down the stairs to meet the day.
You can look at Nashville pre-Kris and post-Kris, because he changed everything. That one song blew ol’ Tom T. Hall’s world apart. He couldn’t see it coming. It might have sent him to the mad house. God forbid he ever heard any of my songs.
You walk into the room
With your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked
You say, “Who is that man?”
You try so hard
But you don’t understand
Just what you’re gonna say
When you get home
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?
If “Sunday Morning Coming Down” rattled Tom’s cage, sent him into the loony bin, my song surely would have made him blow his brains out, right there in the loony bin. Hopefully he didn’t hear it.”
Billy The Kid: How does it feel?
Pat Garret: It feels like the times have changed.
I just love the way Peckinpah lets his audience in on a joke here. He doesn’t exactly hide that Dylan is part of the film.
Pat Garret and Billy The Kid ~ Favorite Lines and Scenes :
“Bob was hesitant to do it, he’d never been in a film before and I said, ‘Listen, man, everybody wants you. It’ll be fine,’ Well, I remember that first night we were watching the dailies,” says Kristofferson, before pausing for a full minute to laugh. “Sam was drinking a little too much in those days and he just walked up to the screen and he pissed on it. Dylan looked at me, didn’t say a word, but I knew what he was thinking: ‘What the hell have you gotten me into?’ ”
– Kris Kristofferson
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