Masked and Anonymous

Masked and Anonymous is a gold mine for Dylan's loyal legions. Whether he's electrifying with his band on 'Down in the Flood' and 'Dixie' or delivering abstract mantras, Dylan is as up-close as you've ever seen him — the wrinkles on his enigmatic face, his staccato rasp, his limping swagger. Sure, the script has no graspable plot, but who cares? Dylan's best work has always defied easy interpretation. As he wails in a live version of "Cold Irons Bound," "Reality has always had too many heads."

From The Archives Issue 449: June 6, 1985