Dy­lan waxes lyri­cal on Christ­mas

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE -

LON­DON: Singer Bob Dy­lan rem­i­nisces about Christ­mas past, turkey din­ners and his favourite hol­i­day songs in a rare in­ter­view in a mag­a­zine for home­less peo­ple.

The 68-year-old singer has baf­fled fans and crit­ics with his new al­bum Christ­mas in the Heart –a col­lec­tion of car­ols and tra­di­tional yule­tide songs de­liv­ered in his croak­ing voice.

All pro­ceeds will go to char­i­ties for the home­less and hun­gry in the US, Bri­tain and 80 poor coun­tries.

Asked why he picked those or­gan­i­sa­tions, Dy­lan told the in­ter­viewer: “They get food straight to the peo­ple. No mil­i­tary or­gan­isa- tion, no bu­reau­cracy, no gov­ern­ments to deal with.’’

The exclusive in­ter­view ap­peared in The Big Is­sue mag­a­zine in Bri­tain and sim­i­lar street pa­pers in North Amer­ica.

Dy­lan – born Robert Allen Zim­mer­man –said that al­though Jewish, he had never felt left out of Christ­mas as a boy grow­ing up in Min­nesota.

He re­called “plenty of snow, jin­gle bells, Christ­mas car­ol­ers go­ing from house to house, sleighs in the streets, town bells ring­ing, na­tiv­ity plays’’.

His idea of a good Christ­mas din­ner was roast turkey with mashed pota­toes and gravy, col­lard greens and all the trim­mings.

PIC­TURE: AP

SINGING: Bob Dy­lan.

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