His first proper studio album after years of reclusion, initially ran a mixed review of the album.Then-critic Jon Landau, later to be Bruce Springsteen’s producer/manager, praised Dylan’s vocal work but not the instrumentation, saying it “would only sound like a great album for a while” and was “impermanent.” Is the album really a secret tribute to a Russian playwright?The astonishingly candid film pulls back the curtain on a painful chapter of Baez's life that she had long avoided talking about: her split from Dylan in the spring of 1965, during a British tour where he treated her as excess baggage, refusing to allow her onstage with him.Before that, the two had been inseparable as the king and queen of folk music, and one of the most talked-about young couples of the decade.But he blew expectations out of the water with the release — not with a barrage of electric guitars, as in his “How does it feel?” heyday, but with acoustic instrumentation that somehow made his snarl seem even more vital and indelicate.
Anna was the daughter of Ignac Grünstein and Leni Freiman. Benjamin was the son of Shapsa/Sabse/Samuel Solemovitz and Bessie Shapiro/Kaner.The musician was instantly smitten, later writing, "Right from the start I couldn't take my eyes off her. In light of the guarded persona he developed later, it's striking to see his openness with her in the many pictures of them together.(Even the fact that many pictures exist is striking, actually.) But his mystique was already in play; Rotolo didn't learn his real name until his draft card fell out of his wallet.He barely mentioned her in his recent autobiography and made only a cryptic comment in the 2005 Martin Scorsese doc , directed by Mary Wharton.The film includes numerous new interviews with the men in Baez's life, interspersed with archival concert footage and newsreel images of her 51-year career as a performer, pacifist and social activist.