Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bob Dylan at 70

1966 Bob Dylan sits serenly while fans peer inside his limousine in London, 1966. Photo by Barry Feinstein courtesy of the Morrison Hotel Gallery
Dylan turns 70 today.  I have been fortunate enough to have be around since the beginning of his career. One of the earliest and more memorable events i remember was when Dylan went eclectic. I was attending the University of Nebraska at the time. My house-mates had tickets to see Dylan in concert and for whatever reason I had decided not to go. When they returned they were pissed screaming that Dylan had sold out. They were folkies and were not happy with Dylan turning electric. As Dylan said Times They Are a-Changing and as it turns out it, it wasn't a bad career move.
1966 Bob Dylan leaving the LSD betting office in Sheffield, England, 1966. Photo by Barry Feinstein courtesy of the Morrison Hotel Gallery  
I finally did get around to see Dylan in concert when he was touring with the Band. By that time no one cared about whether he had sold out Dylan was Dylan and had became my generation's poet. 

Cover for the May 26, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone. Photograph by Jerry Schatzberg
The May 26, 2011 issue is available  online It is an excellent  review of Dylan's music, including famous covers by the Jimi Hendrix, the Byrds, and others. Articles include: My Favorite Dylan Song by Bono, Bob Weir, Marcus Mumford and more; The 10 Greatest Dylan Songs by Rolling Stone Readers; 20 Overlooked Classics by Rob Shefield; 10 Best Bootlegs by Andy Greene; Quiz: Do You Know Your Dylan? By Douglas Wolk; Photos: The Evolution of Dylan By Andy Greene; and Dylan's First Rolling Stone Interview By Jann S. Wenner. 

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