Jude Quinn is one of the main characters, and one of Bob Dylan's shifting personaes of the biographical movie "I'm Not There". Jude Quinn's fictional character was inspired by the american singer-songwriter Bob Dylan of the mid-'60s.
Jude Quinn (real named Aaron Jacob Edelstein), is a young american singer-songwriter that represents Bob Dylan's facet at the 60's. Jude is presented as an extreme reflexive, philosophical, sensitive and disturbed artist, who tends to question others and himself about human thoughts, feelings and ideas. He also links himself with experimental amphetamine and hallucinogenic drug use during his artistic journey.
The young and existentialist Jude Quinn has been influential in popular music and culture due to his celebrated folk songs (his accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is considered his songwriting) that defied exisiting pop music conventions, appealed to the burgeoning counterculture, and chronicled social unrest becaming anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movement. Quinn's topical songs enhanced his early reputation, and he came to be seen as more than just a songwriter. Though Quinn repudiates suggestions from journalists that he's a spokesman for his generation, and explains his feelings that he cannot bear that weight of responsibility, and that he only express his sentiments throught music, always being that sentiments of protest and insurrection. Quinn feels sometimes both manipulated and constrained by the folk and protest movements.
Quinn begins then an identity crisis (also due to his break-up with lover Coco Rivington), and starts to maximize his flash-bulb isolation of an intelligent, sensitive artist who sees and feels more than those who throng around him, and he upgrades his cynicism about a world ravenous for celebrity.
The exalted and emotional Quinn begins to alter the range of his music and the genre, and starts to be backed by rock musicians, attracting denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement or past fans. Quinn begins recordings with electric instruments with lyrics full vengeance and paranoia that reflects his thoughts at that time.
Jude Quinn's personality is reflexive, deep, inconstant, spirited and changing. So is not an easy man to pin down.
Quinn confounds the public, at one moment a sage and a prophet decrying materialism and war, and the next an eccentric musician.