People who called me 'Judas' should rot in hell, says a still furious Dylan
It's 46 years since a heckler cried "Judas!" at Bob Dylan. But the accusation still rankles with the legendary singer, who has finally addressed one of the most infamous incidents in rock music folklore, after telling his critics they can "rot in hell".
Dylan's decision to abandon his acoustic roots and "go electric" prompted the insult from a disgruntled audience member at his May 1966 show in Manchester.
The 71 year-old raised the accusation when he railed against the "wussies and pussies" who complain he gives insufficient acknowledgement to his musical sources, in an interview with US magazine Rolling Stone.
"These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me," Dylan said. "Judas, the most hated name in human history! If you think you've been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that.
"Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified. All those evil motherf***ers can rot in hell."
He added: "I'm working within my art form. It's that simple. I work within the rules and limitations of it. It's called song-writing. It has to do with melody and rhythm, and then after that, anything goes."
Dylan, whose 35th studio album Tempest is released this week, had responded to the "Judas" cry at his 1966 concert by shouting: "I don't believe you, you're a liar". He then launched into a loud rendition of "Like A Rolling Stone", telling his band to "Play it f***ing loud!"
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Cruel Woman in Black prank sees cinema-goers terrified by movie poster - watch their reactions
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
Christmas TV guide 2014: The best shows to watch from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey
Transformers 4 named highest-grossing movie of 2014 ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'