Watch Bob Dylan’s iconic San Francisco press conference, 1965

On December 3rd, 1965, aged just 24 at the time, Dylan sat down with a room full of journalists for an eagerly-anticipated press conference.

With a media furore surrounding his every release and live performance, at the time of the conference Dylan was already working on his seventh studio album and was in a bouyant mood as he traded one-liners with those trying to figure out the inner workings of his creativity.

Dylan’s North America tour in full swing and, as fans scrambled for tickets, he planned five separate concerts to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area were scheduled in December of that year. Given the unprecedented amount of interest, it was planned for the musician to hold a press conference in the studios of KQED as an organised mode of communication with the media.

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