Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan, who celebrates his 72nd birthday today (May 24th)!!! Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket will team up as part of the Americanarama Festival of Music tour this summer. Additional acts at select venues include the Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Ryan Bingham. The tour kicks off on June 26th at West Palm Beach's Cruzan Amphitheatre.
Bob Dylan, who was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, first gained critical acclaim after he moved to New York City in January 1961 and became a mainstay on the Greenwich Village Folk scene. Dylan had barely written his first songs upon moving to New York, and patterned his act and early material on the work of his idol, folksinger Woody Guthrie.
Dylan's early '60s work, including the classics "Blowin' In The Wind," "The Time They Are A Changing'," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," "Only A Pawn In Their Game," and "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll," came to define the best of folk music's topical social commentary.
In celebration of "Record Store Day," Dylan released a seven-inch vinyl single featuring a demo of "Wigwam" -- the tune which was the single off his 1970 Self Portrait album, backed with an previously unreleased cover of folk singer Eric Anderson's Thirsty Boots." Both songs will be featured on the upcoming Bootleg Series Vol. 10 collection, which will comprise the 1969 to 1973 era, touching upon such middle era Dylan classics as Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, New Morning, the acoustic Greatest Hits Vol. 2 sessions, and the soundtrack for Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid. No release date for Bootleg Series Vol. 10 has been announced.
Bob Dylan has been self-producing his albums for over a decade. He told us that after years of working with assorted producers, he feels that they all simply found it too difficult separating his new music from the legend of "Dylan": "Well, usually when it come to me, whoever is operating the controls is just thinking 'This is a 'Bob Dylan' record, this is a 'Bob Dylan' song.' So, they're not thinking about what I particularly sound like. And one person who was working with me earlier on did a whole entire record with me and realized that he used the wrong mics on me, and for a variety of reasons."
In the mid-'60s, Dylan cut three of rock n' roll's most important albums: 1965's Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, and 1966's Blonde On Blonde. These albums, which comprise his "electric period," built upon his romantic songs, added blues backing, and featured lyrics that were far beyond the norm in popular music, blending images and telling stories in abstract detail.
Dylan's career has also included several films and books, but it will always be his chameleon-like approach to his music that will stand apart from most of his peers. He's gone through many different personas, from the hymn-like narrator of The Basement Tapes and John Wesley Harding, to the romanticist of New Morning and Planet Waves, and 1975's Blood On The Tracks, one of his most enduring albums.
Dylan spent the late 1970s and early '80s recording a trilogy of Christian albums, much of which is performed with a fervor not heard from him since his mid-'60s peak.
Over the past decade, Dylan has enjoyed a creative renaissance with his live shows and the Grammy award winning albums Time Out Of Mind and Love And Theft. In 2006, he released the critically acclaimed album Modern Times, which was Dylan's first Number One album in 30 years.
In 2010 Dylan released The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964. The collection features Dylan's legendary publishing demos recorded between 1962 and 1964 for his publishers to copyright and transcribe into sheet music, and were never intended for release. The Witmark Demos feature many songs which never made their way into the official Dylan catalogue -- as well as early demos of future Dylan classics, such as "Mr. Tambourine Man," "When The Ship Comes In," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," and "Masters Of War," among other
Dylan's 2009 album Together Through Life, also debuted at Number One. His 2009 holiday collection Christmas In The Heart topped out at Number 23 on the Billboard 200, and his most recent original album, Tempest, was released on September 10th, 2012 and peaked at Number Three.
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