Today is Bob Dylan's 70th birthday. There isn't much to be said about him that hasn't been said a million times. His music made musical history and his music helped changed history. He is a world cultural figure as important and great as Picasso, Beckett, Pollock, Mies and Corbusier to name a few of the few.
To quote his only peer in the particularly vaunted place he resides, "long may you run, long may you run." Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman.
For a more complete take on Dylan please click to my article on the Mono Recordings.....
PS: Already the Dylanologists are taking me to task in emails about equating Neil Young with Dylan. Obviously there's no contest in cultural and musical significance--you can tell the history of Rock music and leave out Neil Young but not vice versa. I get it. But as recording and performing artists of original music Young is right up with Dylan. In fact, if you only take each's best 50 recordings, it's arguable that Neil will have a few more, just as I know that from 50-100 Bob will have way more. Think of it this way, Dylan is Warhol and Young is Ed Ruscha and maybe Ed Ruscha is a great pop artist too.