“Bob Dylan is a Plagiarist and a Fake.”
Everything seemed to be going great until page two, when the interviewer drew a comparison between Ms. Mitchell née Anderson, and one Robert Dylan née Zimmerman:
LAT: As well, you’ve had experience becoming a character outside yourself [Mitchell caused controversy when she appeared as an African American male on the cover of her 1977 album, “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter”].The folk scene you came out of had fun creating personas. You were born Roberta Joan Anderson, and someone named Bobby Zimmerman became Bob Dylan.
JM: Bob is not authentic at all. He’s a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.
As for my name, my parents wanted a boy, so they called me Robert John; when I came out a girl, they just added two letter A’s to that. Then I married Chuck Mitchell; I wanted to keep my maiden name — I had a bit of a following as Joni Anderson — but he wouldn’t let me.
Oh. Well. What immediately comes to mind is, who knew Joni Mitchell was so grudgy?
But then there is the artistic inspiration that can come from such a revealing remark. And so, 68Comeback Theatre presents to you, the readers, our new play-in-two-lines, entitled: Wherein Bob Gets the News.
(Person speaking to Bob Dylan, running into the room, newspaper in hand, breathing hard as though he/she had run a long way to get there) “Bob, Bob, did you hear what Joni Mitchell said about you? She says you’re a plagiarist and a fake!”
(Bob Dylan, looking up from building a birdhouse or something) “Hunh? Who? Oh, her?” (goes back to whatever he was doing).