It’s 1975, and Bob Dylan is back after years away from the road. Martin Scorsese’s new documentary, “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story,” the director pulls archival footage of the rock legend during his comeback tour, which is described as “a catastrophe” in the trailer.
“The tour was not a success,” Dylan says in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix film. “Not if you measure success in profit.”
And yes, that’s Dylan himself sitting for an on-camera interview, his first on-camera interview in over a decade.
Scorsese’s documentary includes never-before-seen footage from the tour, including live performances of Dylan playing “Hurricane” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” But “Rolling Thunder Revue” also finds Scorsese assembling the bizarre coterie of fantasists, boxers, magicians, starlets and more who all accompanied Dylan on this tour. Dylan, at the time, played in smaller venues rather than the massive stadiums he could have easily filled the time. Joan Baez, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg and more can be seen in the archival footage.
And the documentary is also accompanied by a new box set of music from the tour, “Bob Dylan – Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings.” Each of the performances heard in the film will be available in the box set, a 14 CD, 148-track collection from Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings.
The box set will be available on June 7, and the documentary drops on Netflix June 12.
Watch the first trailer above.