It’s always been readily apparent that it wasn’t vocal talent that made “Bob Dylan” successful. From his 2009 interview with Ed Bradley:
Why do you still do it? Why are you still out here?
Well, it goes back to the destiny thing. I made a bargain with it, you know. Long time ago. I’m holding up my end.
What was your bargain?
To get where I am now.
Should I ask who you made the bargain with?
(laughs) You know with, with, you know, the chief, chief commander.
On this earth?
On this earth and in the world we can’t see.
It appears that his contract is now up, given how what may be the price he paid for his fame, money, and worldly success is unexpectedly coming to light.
This is how the entertainment world actually works, for the most part. Those who are truly talented, but are unwilling to sell their souls are overlooked, bypassed, blocked, and stripmined while the lesser talents who will pay any price for a few decades of fame are relentlessly pushed on the unsuspecting public by Satan’s little servants.
Zimmerman’s flirtation with Christianity in the 1980s is even more interesting in light of these developments. It appears he tried to escape his bargain then, but is resigned to his fate now.