With Bob Dylan’s 35th album, Tempest, coming out next month, the anticipation is stirring up a number of Dylan stories. Sean O’Neal at the Onion’s A.V. Club recently visited Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. In this video, O’Neal ponders about how the town influenced Dylan’s music, and he takes us to several Dylan landmarks, including Dylan’s — er Robert Zimmerman’s — childhood home. Although that house is now on a road named after the singer, Hibbing does little else to acknowledge the hometown singer. O’Neal also shows the high school auditorium that was the location of Dylan’s disappointing talent show appearance. Check it out.
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the birth of Robert Allen Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan, there are a lot of birthday articles on the Internet today. Chimesfreedom has some more Dylan-related posts coming up soon in the pipeline, but for this day where there are already so many Dylan stories, we are providing links to some of the more interesting articles about the man on his 70th birthday:
– Slate has a story by John Dickerson about why it is so hard to figure out Dylan.
– Cleveland.com looks at some new DVD and Blu-ray releases from Dylan.
– Entertainment Weekly celebrates Bob’s birthday with an article about an interview tape revealing Dylan was addicted to heroin in the 1960s.
– WNYC compares the birthday boy to Lady Gaga, apparently because they were trying to think of something new to say.
Finally, because we love him for the music, here is one of his great recent songs about getting old, “Not Dark Yet,” from the 1997 album Time Out of Mind.
I was born here and I’ll die here against my will; I know it looks like I’m movin’ but I’m standin’ still; Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb, I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from; Don’t even hear the murmur of a prayer; It’s not dark yet but it’s gettin’ there.
Here’s to many more birthdays avoiding the darkness. Thanks for the light you have given us, and happy birthday Bob.