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Lucy O'Brien , June 22nd, 2022 11:06

The legendary music PR talks to Lucy O’Brien about the albums and the people who have most inspired her, from the Rolling Stones to Madonna, and why artists aren’t necessarily your friends


Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde

I was a Dylan-holic, I absolutely love Dylan. I could have picked any one of eight albums, but I particularly loved Blonde On Blonde. I also loved the movie Don't Look Back, Pennebaker’s documentary about his UK tour. I kind of knew it by heart, particularly the scene with a press conference. Dylan was so in control with the media, and that had a massive impact on me in terms of wanting to be a writer. I loved his lyrics. There have been a lot of great singer/songwriters since, but lyrically just the sheer breadth of what Dylan covered was like nothing else. I mean, for some reason when I was in university and had a few too many glasses of wine I used to recite all the lines to ‘It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)’ which has like, a million verses.

I never worked with Dylan, but once I was visiting Keith in a hotel and someone knocked on the door. I answered it and Dylan was standing there with a woman who was wearing a leopard skin pillbox hat. And I could hardly speak, because all I kept thinking in my head was that song.