What about Bob?
I wasn't a Dylan fan immediately. I was at university [in Newcastle, England, in the late 1960s] and had a soul band, the Gas Board. I wanted suits, quiffs, and dance moves. So when students came clutching Dylan albums, I thought, ''Acoustic guitar? Not my thing.'' Then he went electric and my prejudice was overcome.
The Quiet Man
I've never met Dylan. We're both quite shy. If I was trapped in a lift with Dylan, there would be a lot of pregnant silences like [in] Beckett or Pinter. I think it would be a good little playlet!
Roxy Music Update
Dylanesque was a holiday from making the new Roxy CD. Brian Eno [ex-Roxy member] came in for two days, mucking about. His great thing is ideas. And bags of personality too much! He was the most competitive in the band, apart from me.
Coal Miner's Son
My dad was a farm laborer [in northern England]. He went down the coal mine to look after the horses. One day there was this guy who was mistreating the ponies. My dad knocked him out.
I worked at a tailor's shop when I was 16. They had these books of style patterns. One would be called the Berkeley, and it would be a guy with a pencil mustache and a bowler, with a Rolls-Royce going past. Wonderful drawings of a glamorous life.
For the Record
I was very upset by the recent brouhaha [Ferry was criticized in the U.K. for allegedly praising Nazi iconography]. I've embraced two cultures in my career: black American music and American Jewish culture, which produced George Gershwin and Kurt Weill. The idea that I'm anti-Semitic is ludicrous!