Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Kris Kristofferson - Bob Dylan Connections

When one picks up a magazine you don't know when an article will really hit you. Certainly Rolling Stone Magazine normally appeals to people much younger than I. Some time ago I was offerred a free subscription to it for about 6 months. In the April 16th issue there was an article titled The Last Outlaw Poet by Ethan Hawke about Kris Kristofferson. I didn't realize what a multfaceted ferformer Kris really is. When I looked at my Joel Whitburn Top Pop Book, Kris had only 7 Top 100 pop hits with only one hitting the top 20. Kris was better known as a country music artist. I didn't realize that Kris appeared in 70 films. Ethan Hawke made the following statement in the article:

"There are many musicians who have dabbled in film and actors who have tried their hand at a recording session. But only Frank Sinatra has done both on the level that Kris has, and with Sinatra it was different: Sinatra was a showman. Kris is a poet who sometimes sings and acts extremely well."

The photo above is of Kris and Dylan in the movie "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid." Kris was the host of the 30th Anniversary Tribute Concert to Dylan popularly known as the Bobfest on October 16, 1992. In 1986 on the album Knocked Out Loaded Dylan cover a Kris Kristofferson song called "They Killed Him." Kris said:

"Havin' Dylan cover one of your songs is like being a playright and having Shakespeare act in your play" That is some compliment.

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