I wholeheartedly echo Norm’s sentiments about the Dylanfest. However, some of the interviewees could do with spin-off documentaries of their own. Since that’s unlikely to happen, the following updates are offered as a public service:
Pete Seeger and Joan Baez are still in the public eye. Baez’ late sister Mimi Fariña and her late husband Richard are a part of the story that wasn’t told in the documentary, but is available here. Ramblin’ Jack Elliot also seemed to be missing from No Direction Home. Here are a few related recollections.
An update on some of the other interviewees:
Bob Neuwirth is big on Cuban music.
Maria Muldaur has a new album out. One of her first bands was the Jim Kweskin Jugband. One of Jim Kweskin’s cousins used to teach maths at an English medium high school in Athens, Greece. He used to eat a lot of bread, but managed to stay very thin.
Dave Van Ronk remained politically active until he died aged 65 in February 2002.
Suze Rotolo teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York.
Robbie Robertson was seen and heard in No Direction Home, but did not speak. He was musical supervisor on Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.
Al Kooper’s autobiography is called Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards.