Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol at the Factory in New York City, 1965
Bob Dylan was brought to Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory by Barbara Rubin, a filmmaker and a mutual acquaintance of Dylan and Warhol’s, to be the subject of one of Warhol’s screen tests, which were two-minute silent movie portraits starring Factory regulars and celebrities.
Andy Warhol: “I liked Dylan, the way he created a brilliant new style… I even gave him one of my silver Elvis paintings in the days when he was first around. Later on, though, I got paranoid when I heard rumors that he had used the Elvis as a dart board up in the country. When I’d ask, ‘Why did he do that?’ I’d invariably get hearsay answers like ‘I hear he feels you destroyed Edie [Sedgwick],’ or ‘Listen to Like a Rolling Stone — I think you’re the ‘diplomat on the chrome horse, man.’ I didn’t know exactly what they meant by that — I never listened much to the words of songs — but I got the tenor of what people were saying — that Dylan didn’t like me, that he blamed me for Edie’s drugs.”
That’s the goal: to be able to do this for years and years and to be still producing good stuff - that would be great. I’ve always been a big Bob Dylan fan, and that’s longevity at its finest. Him and Eric Clapton, that’s the ultimate for anybody who makes music.