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Bob Johnston: “You couldn’t make Bob Dylan do anything!”

Bob Johnston: “You couldn’t make Bob Dylan do anything!”

Producer Bob Johnston has recalled his time working with Bob Dylan on a run of his classic ’60s albums in the new Uncut.

Speaking in the new issue, out on January 31, Johnston says that the singer-songwriter knew exactly what he wanted and could not be moved from his course.

“I didn’t get him there,” says Johnston today of Dylan’s decision to record in Nashville. “You couldn’t make him do anything.

“I had the best in the world in my hand – there was no place I couldn’t go with him, so that’s where I went. I think [Blonde On Blonde is] the best record Dylan ever cut… Blonde On Blonde was the first symphony cut in Nashville!”

Johnston also recalls his time working with Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash (above, with Dylan and Johnston) and Lindisfarne in the feature.

The new issue of Uncut is out on Friday (January 31).

Picture: Al Clayton

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