Do We Really Need Another Self Portrait?


A few months ago, we sang the praises of Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde with an essay from Helena Fitzgerald.

This month, CBS Records is releasing bootlegs/session tracks from a different, much less beloved Dylan album: Self Portrait.

Kevin Courrier has some thoughts on why Another Self Portrait could be what the original wasn’t and what it (perhaps unintentionally) tells us about Dylan’s “violent battles with his audience to keep redefining himself.”

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →