To mark the singer-songwriter’s 70th birthday today an audio interview recorded in 1966 has been released. The two-hour conversation was conducted by Dylan’s friend and biographer Robert Shelton on a private plane in 1966. On the tape Dylan says: “I kicked a heroin habit in New York City. I got very, very strung out for a while. I had about a $25 a day habit – and I kicked it.”
Later he comments: “Death to me is nothing. It means nothing as long as I can die fast. Many times I’ve known I could die fast, and I could have gone over and done it. I’ll admit to having this suicidal thing – but I came through this time. “I’d shoot myself in the brain if things got bad. I’d jump from a window. Man, I would shoot myself. I can think about death openly.”
And Dylan also claims he doesn’t believe in the power of music, saying: “I take it less seriously than anybody. I know it’s not going to help me get into Heaven one little bit; it’s not going to get me out of the fiery furnace.
“It’s certainly not going to extend my life any – and it’s not going to make me happy.”