Bob Dylan

27 July 2018 #567

Cover Story: Bob Dylan


We all know his songs. Many of us have seen him play. But in the latest edition of The Big Issue, discover a different side of Bob Dylan.

On the eve of the music legend's Australian tour (8 to 24 August), Michael Epis delves deep into the mysterious and hilarious history of the man who, as it turns out, has a passion for slapstick.

When he wasn’t penning protest songs, Dylan was pitching a sitcom to HBO, appearing in an underwear ad and recording a raucous Christmas album.   

Plus, Australian icon Kate Ceberano tells the tale of how Dylan’s songs taught her an important lesson about the power of music.
Also in this edition:


  • Benedict Cumberbatch on fandom, addiction and his new series, Patrick Melrose.
  • A special recipe for minestrone from Food Safari’s Maeve O’Meara to keep you warm this winter.
  • A photographer journeys to the banks of the Omo River in Ethiopia to capture the traditions of tribes who are at risk from overdevelopment in Big Picture.
  • We chat to the author of the new David Lynch biography about working collaboratively with the maverick filmmaker.
  • There are 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, collectively working 1.9 billion hours each year. One writer shares the realities of caring for the person you love most.
  • In Living Homeless, Mark, who lives in his van, talks about the decision to share his story on SBS’ series Filthy Rich and Homeless.

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