An artist like Neil always has the upper hand,” he says. “It’s the pop world that has to make adjustments. All the conventions of the pop world are only temporary and carry no weight. It’s basically two different things that have nothing to do with each other.
Bob Dylan on Neil Young in the NYT. A good, brief definition of pop art: “pop” isn’t a matter of popularity but of timeliness: what is pop is for now, made to accord with the now but likely to vanish. That is: commercial pop arts tend to reflect unreasoned and arbitrary market aesthetics —all accidental, all “the facts on the ground” the commander-producers respond to— rather than any artistic working-out of aesthetic or artistic ideas. Pop music isn’t for itself; it is for sales. I mean, duh, but: I like how strident Dylan is here. I’m not a Dylan guy, I just like it, okay?
Remember that Morphine song where he talks about the “ever-glorious now / the ever-present now / dredged in flour and deep-fat-fried and cooled on paper towels and then devoured”?