Bob Dylan & His Creative Process

Steve Jobs took some heat when he said, “Picasso had a saying — ‘good artists copy; great artists steal’ — and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” Jobs later explained that what he meant was that if you take something and make it your own, then its not stealing. There is a dividing line.

In the book Corn Flakes with John Lennon, acclaimed rock critic and writer Robert Hilburn writes about the time he sat down with Dylan to ask about his creative process. Dylan’s answer expands on this “dividing line”.


If you like someone’s work, the important thing is to be exposed to everything that person has been exposed to.

I always admired true artists who were dedicated, so I learned from them.

Dylan’s process is simple.

1. Find what interests you.
2. Expose yourself to everything that has formed those ideas.
3. Turn those ideas around to create something new.
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