Q: What does the word “protest” mean to you?
Bob Dylan: It means singing when you really don’t want to sing. It means singing against your wishes to sing.
Dylan’s second west coast press conference in two weeks takes place in Los Angeles. His mood is far less amenable than it had been in San Francisco. The conference lasts just over half an hour.
-Clinton Heylin (A Life in Stolen Moments)
Columbia Recording Studios
Los Angeles, California
16 December 1965
Los Angeles Press Conference.
Mono recording, 32 minutes.
Legendary press conference.
The San Francisco Press Conference was set up by Ralph Gleason at KQED-TV, an educational station, in the bay area of San Francisco and took place on December 3rd 1965. It was broadcast on KQED later that day, just before Dylan and The Hawks played their first night at the Berkeley Community Theater.
Source: The Fiddler Now Upspoke, pp. 359-374.
San Francisco, California
3 December 1965
San Francisco Press Conference
Released on the DVD Dylan Speaks, Eagle Media MDV622, 30 October 2006.
I don’t play folk-rock.