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Dylan was inspired by circus shows

Apparently, he conceived ideas by observing travelling performers who passed through his Minnesota hometown as he did not have much exposure to other musicians.

music Updated: Apr 18, 2009 13:56 IST

Rock legend Bob Dylan has revealed that the circus shows he saw as a kid later became the inspiration behind his music.

He says that he used to conceive ideas by observing the travelling performers who passed through his Minnesota hometown because he did not have any exposure to other musicians in his youth.

"Mass media had no overwhelming reach so I was drawn to the travelling performers passing through. The side show performers - bluegrass singers, the black cowboy with chaps and a lariat doing rope tricks. Miss Europe, Quasimodo, the Bearded Lady, the half-man half-woman, the deformed and the bent, Atlas The Dwarf, the fire-eaters, the teachers and preachers, the blues singers. I remember it like it was yesterday,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

"I got close to some of these people. I learned about dignity from them. Freedom too. Civil rights, human rights. How to stay within yourself," he added.

First Published: Apr 18, 2009 10:31 IST