Dylan Gives First TV Interview in 19 Years

Bob Dylan (search) has a mes sage for his awestruck fans: I'm no prophet.

"They call [me] that all the time — 'You're the prophet, you're the savior,' " says Dylan of his worshipful public, in an interview with CBS newsman Ed Bradley (search) that will be seen Sunday night on "60 Minutes" (search) (7 p.m. EST).

"I never wanted to be a prophet or a savior," Dylan says. "Elvis maybe. I could see myself becoming him. But prophet? No."

The interview is Dylan's first on TV in 19 years. It was conducted Nov. 19 in Northampton, Mass., where Dylan, 63, was performing. The original interview lasted 90 minutes.

Dylan thinks fans who idolize him need a reality check. "My stuff ... they were songs," he tells Bradley. "They weren't sermons. If you examine the songs, I don't believe you're going to find anything in there that says that I'm a spokesman for anybody or anything really. [Those who feel that way] must not have heard the songs."

The '60s music icon is also dismissive of an honor he recently received from Rolling Stone magazine, which named one of his best-known songs, "Like a Rolling Stone," the best rock song of all time.

"Oh, maybe this week," Dylan says sarcastically. "But you know, the list, they change names ... quite frequently, really ... This week [it's No. 1], but you know, who's to say how long that's going to last?"

Dylan rarely does interviews, especially for TV, but he seems to have agreed to this one to promote his new memoir, "Chronicles: Volume One," (search) published by Simon & Schuster, a subsidiary of Viacom, which also owns CBS.