Post by William J. Clinton on Oct 17, 2004 11:24:08 GMT -5
In the current (October 17) New York Times Magazine, a short interview with Poland's Foreign Minister takes a surprisingly Dylanesque turn:
Q: What else do you admire about American culture?
A: George Gershwin, great film scores, "Walking In The Rain."
Q: You mean "Singin' In The Rain"? Walking in the rain is what you did during your time in New York.
A. Yes, I meant "Singin' In The Rain." I also admire "West Side Story, jazz, bluegrass, and the music of the 1960's. Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" are very special to me.
Q: Do you think the times are changing in Iraq?
A: Yes, I do. The Iraqi people finally got a chance to live in a state respecting their rights and freedoms.
(Moderator's note: The political opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the site operator, and can be debated at whatever length elsewhere. I would be interested in hearing, though, about why easternt European political leaders (another example, Vaclav Havel) are so much more willing to embrace America's substantive 1960s popular music than American politicians.)