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Five contemporary artists cover Bob Dylan

Having released 38 studio albums and dozens of other projects (live albums, singles, box sets, etc.), Bob Dylan doesn’t make it easy on the casual listener. Like Prince and Neil Young, he maintains an oeuvre so dense newcomers hardly know where to start. It’s worth trying to scratch the surface, though, especially if you’d like to […]

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Every Bob Dylan studio album, reviewed by the Current staff

Bob Dylan has just announced a show at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 25, with Mavis Staples. When Dylan last came to town, in 2014, The Current’s staff set out to review every one of Bob Dylan’s studio albums since his 1962 debut. Freshly updated with coverage of Dylan’s newest releases, written by […]

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Joan Osborne talks about covering Dylan and meeting Prince

Given how famously idiosyncratic his songs are, it’s remarkable how well Bob Dylan translates to cover versions. That’s been clear since the ’60s, when performances by Joan Baez, the Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds, Judy Collins, and other artists helped make the mercurial singer-songwriter a household name. The latest artist to put her stamp […]

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Chinese tech company puts Bob Dylan lyrics inside potato chip bags

These Bob Dylan-themed potato chip bags have started to gain buzz on social media, but don’t get your hopes up for “Lay’s, Lady, Lay’s” snacks. Instead of chips, each of the bags solely contains a different booklet of Bob Dylan lyrics translated in Chinese. Together, the eight booklets make up a Chinese version of Bob […]

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Bob Dylan’s former Harlem townhouse for sale at $3.6 million

Bob Dylan’s former Harlem townhouse is up for sale, and it could be yours for just under $3.6 million. Originally built in 1890, by the storied McKim, Mead & White architectural firm, the townhouse was owned by Dylan from the 1980s until 2000. It was sold for $560,000 to its current owners. According to a real […]

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Listen to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture in Literature

When Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, there was only one requirement. Dylan didn’t even have to travel to Stockholm (and in fact he missed the public ceremony, though he later stopped by to collect his prize in a private ceremony). He did, though, have to deliver a Nobel Lecture — even if […]

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