As the Slow Train Coming tour rolled on Dylan’s audience was furious, and reviewers were savage. Dylan remained undaunted, however, and the unrecorded songs featured in his live show became the core of his next album, Saved.
Artist Catherine Kanner reveals what went into creating her artwork for Dylan’s seminal 1979 release, Slow Train Coming.
The release of Slow Train Coming came as a shock to Bob Dylan’s secular audience. As Dylan prepared to hit the road again in November 1979, presumably to introduce his audience to his new way of life, the question on a lot of people’s minds was whether the faith reflected in the album would remain as easy to summon up.
As critics were slamming Bob Dylan’s movie "Renaldo and Clara", the Street Legal album, and his live performances, Dylan sought refuge in the company of friends and bandmates. And among them, he found one who seemed to have answers, leading to Dylan’s conversion to Christianity.
A look back at how ‘Slow Train Coming’ and ‘Saved’ not only confused Dylan acolytes but enraged them, as well. Looking back on the fuss it caused, it feels like a different world, a distant memory that reminds us just how seriously we used to take our rock ’n’ roll … and our Dylan.