"you must be kidding, man .... that's the most depressing thing i've ever heard ..."
After a concert in March 1966, on board a private plane in Lincoln, Nebraska, bound for Denver, the singer told critic Robert Shelton: "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."
It has long been conjectured that Dylan suffered from a drug problem in the mid-60s, but the rumours have never previously been substantiated. "Death to me is nothing as long as I can die fast," he told Shelton. "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."
GUARDIAN, may 23, 2011