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Last month, the Bob Dylan Center opened in Tulsa, Okla., providing researchers unparalleled entry to Dylan’s archives and peeling again the layers on his songwriting course of, lengthy the item of examine and fascination. And this month, “Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars” opened on the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center — it’s the primary exhibition drawn from Reed’s archive, which was acquired by the New York Public Library.
Both of those search to supply deeper understandings of those rock icons, however in addition they supply the chance for alternate narratives to emerge. Dylan and Reed all the time fastidiously tended to their very own mythologies — now the behind-the-scenes instruments can be found for all to see.
On this week’s Popcast, a dialog concerning the worth of even the unlikeliest ephemera, the distinction between public and personal archives and the particular methods Dylan and Reed discovered strategies to distance themselves from their pasts.