By Abby Zimet / CommonDreams
Bobby Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minnesota turned 75 on Tuesday. Unreal. America’s great troubadour is still on the road, heading for another joint – though, for those around in the bad old days, nothing can beat 1975’s dazzling Rolling Thunder Revue – and this week Bob Dylan also released his 37th studio album, “Fallen Angels.” By now, pretty much everything’s already been said about Dylan’s “extraordinary single imagination.” Most stunningly, he and it have endured, and never mind that he’s cranky and cryptic and his performances are wildly uneven. He’s earned the right to all of it. Here are a couple of samplings from, arguably, “the greatest American musician there ever was.” Here are many more. Just listen.
“I do know what my songs are about,” he once said of his elegantly obscure lyrics. “Some are about four minutes, some are about five minutes and some, believe it or not, are about 11.”