Bob Dylan Turns 75

Posted on May 24, 2016

by April S

Bob Dylan was born on the 24th of May 1941 in Deluth, Minnesota – he turned 75 today. Dylan is mostly known as a singer-songwriter, but he is also an artist and activist. What can I say about Bob Dylan that hasn’t already been said? Truthfully – Nothing. Dylan is timeless and significant for many reasons to many people. Who else could perform folk, blues, country, rock, gospel and everything in between? Dylan is one of the most influential musicians of our time, so if you’re a musician or music fan and haven’t listened to any of his music some may say you’ve been living with your head in the sand. There has to be a reason so many musicians have found their inspiration from musicians like Bob Dylan. Perhaps there’s more to this complex character? Why not check him out for yourself and perhaps discover something worthwhile. The Toledo Lucas County Public Library owns quite a few resources related to Bob Dylan – below are just a few. So, visit your local library and delve into a little Dylan today.

Happy 75th Bob Dylan – May you stay forever young (USA Today)

Books About Bob Dylan and His Music

Another side of Bob Dylan : a personal history on the road and off the tracks / Victor Maymudes, co-written and edited by Jacob Maymudes
Who is that man? : in search of the real Bob Dylan / David Dalton
Bob Dylan : American troubadour / Donald Brown
Bob Dylan in America / Sean Wilentz
Dylan goes electric! : Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the night that split the sixties / Elijah Wald
Once upon a time : the lives of Bob Dylan / Ian Bell
Bob Dylan : all the songs : the story behind every track / Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon

One of my favorite Bob Dylan covers of all time is All Along the Watchtower – performed by the late and great Richie Havens at the Newport folk Festival in 2008. My husband and I were incredibly lucky to see this performance live – unforgettable!

Richie Havens: Story – All Along the Watchtower performed at the Newport Folk Festival on August 2, 2008

Tributes to Bob Dylan – hoopla

The Bob Dylan Songbook (Bob Dylan Tribute) - hoopla digital music
Unplugged Tribute To Bob Dylan - hoopla digital music
Knockin' On Heaven's Door: A Tribute To Bob Dylan - hoopla digital music
Acoustic Tribute To Bob Dylan - hoopla digital music
All Blues'd Up: Songs Of Bob Dylan - hoopla digital music
Nod To Bob, A - An Artist's Tribute To Bob Dylan - Featuring Greg Brown, Guy Davis, Jack Elliott and many others.
A Nod To Bob 2: An Artist's Tribute To Bob Dylan - hoopla digital music
Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years Of Amnesty International

Here’s a great performance by Bob Dylan:

Television performance of “Blowing in the Wind” – March 1963.

Music CDs by Bob Dylan

The Essential Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin' by Bob Dylan Fallen Angels by Bob Dylan
The real Royal Albert Hall 1966 concert [music CD] / Bob Dylan
Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan Shadows in the Night by Bob Dylan The Witmark Demos, 1962-1964 by Bob Dylan (Bootleg Series, Vol. 9)
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan [music CD] / Bob Dylan

Articles About Bob Dylan

Happy 75th Birthday Bob Dylan – CNN

5 Ways to Celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday – The Wall Street Journal

Bob Dylan Biography –

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