Ralph J. Gleason on Bob Dylan/Ramparts Magazine, March 1966

Here’s a great Ramparts cover story by early Dylan supporter Ralph J. Gleason from March 1966; Gleason was one of the most important music critics in America at the time and his early and wholehearted embrace of Dylan was important to Dylan’s acceptance by the critical community.  This article features some great Dylan quotes and Gleason’s admission that he first found Dylan to be “a drag” but listening again “has changed my life fundamentally.”  While scanning this article for an eBay listing (an original illustration for the article from Gleason’s collection) it struck me that this is an article few have seen–so we’re presenting it in its entirety.  Enjoy !

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