Van Zandt writes about encounters with Dylan in ‘Unrequited Infatuations’

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STEVEN VAN ZANDT According to Steven Van Zandt, the two most important sentences in the history of rock ‘n’ roll are from Bob Dylan’s 1965 single, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”: “Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine/I’m on the pavement thinking about the government.” The second of these lines, Van Zandt writes in his new memoir “Unrequited Infatuations” (which I review here), “changed everything forever.” Dylan saying he was thinking not about love and sex but the government was “The Big Bang of political consciousness in Pop.” Combined with other breakthroughs by The Beatles, The R…

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