Editor's note: In what was considered a "radical" choice, Bob Dylan was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature on Oct. 13, 2016. Read the story here. In a rare long-form print interview, the singer sat down with then-L.A. Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn in 2004 to discuss his influences, lyrics and his film “Masked and Anonymous,” which he co-wrote and starred in. This story originally ran in The Times on Aug. 4, 2004.
"No, no, no," Bob Dylan says sharply when asked if aspiring songwriters should learn their craft by studying his albums, which is precisely what thousands have done for decades.