Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan! Plan to attend KDHX benefit on 5/27 to celebrate
Joining the ranks as the newest septuagenarian, you probably already know by now that today marks Bob Dylan's 70th birthday. If not you're either living under a rock or don't like music that much.
No one American artist has influenced other musicians more than this native Minnesotan born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941. His songs have been interpreted by thousands of artists and his style mimicked by thousands more. Further, no one has dismissed the accolades and labels put upon him and his music either. Dylan will not be pigeonholed. Just when you think you've got him pegged he will say or release something so far out of the expected norm that it surprises everyone. He must get great joy out of this game he plays with the rest of us.
Nevertheless, very few artists can be relevant for 6 decades and Dylan is one of those artists. When a release happens it's an event that people are talking about and the praise typically starts flowing even if it's only a group of demos that he recorded almost 50 years ago.
Dylan's music is clearly open to interpretation and influential to a myriad of artists that his body of work puts him among the masters. A few years ago as I organized my music on iTunes I created a playlists for Bob Dylan and Beatles covers figuring that I had many more Beatles covers. What I found stunned me; it wasn't even close. I owned hundreds of Dylan covers and less than 50 covers of Beatles songs. From his early folk brethren in the Greenwich Village scene to The Byrds and countless rock 'n roll artists to musicians playing blues, punk, reggae, country, and other genres, Dylan's work attracts those looking for the pinnacle of the craft.
Dylan, however, has never been one above being influenced by the roots of American music - the blues, folk, and country of the early 20th century. He's lifted and stolen ideas here and there only to forward the craft to the next generation; a process that has happened for ages.
This Friday, Off Broadway in St. Louis is hosting a benefit for 88.1 KDHX with local musicians honoring Bob Dylan's 70th birthday. For only $10 you can support community radio and hear 12 different bands play their interpretations of Dylan's mastery. Hopefully those of you in the area will come out!
To tide you over here's a few Dylan videos for your enjoyment -
Mono Box Promo Video
Like A Rolling Stone (Mono)
Things Have Changed