Bob Dylan lost interview reveals heroin addiction, suicidal thoughts in early 1960s
In the interview, Dylan talks about his heroin addiction in the early 60s and his contemplation of suicide at one point after people started calling him a genius. These tapes are the first time he had spoken completely candidly about such things.
"I kicked a heroin habit in New York City. I got very, very strung out for a while, I mean really, very strung out. And I kicked the habit. I had about a $25-a-day habit and I kicked it," says Dylan.
"Death to me is nothing... death to me means nothing as long as I can die fast. Many times I've known I could have been able to die fast, and I could have easily gone over and done it."
"I'll admit to having this suicidal thing... but I came through this time .... I'm not the kind of cat that's going to cut off an ear if I can't do something. I'm the kind of cat that would just commit suicide.I'd shoot myself in the brain if things got bad. I'd jump from a window... man, I would shoot myself. You know I can think about death, man, openly," says Dylan.
Dylan turns 70 Tuesday (May 24). According to the BBC, a film is now in production about the tapes.