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Rolling Stone Celebrates Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday

His best songs, his funniest lyrics, a trivia quiz and more

May 24, 2011 8:30 AM ET
Rolling Stone Celebrates Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday

Bob Dylan, one of the best and most influential songwriters of all time, turns 70 today. To celebrate this milestone, Rolling Stone has put together an enormous tribute to the man and his incredible body of work. We got stars such as Bono, Bob Weir and Lucinda Williams to reveal their favorite Dylan tune, compiled 70 photos of Dylan for his 70th, rounded up the living legend's 10 best and 20 most underrated songs, and put together a challenging Dylan trivia quiz.

Photos: The Evolution of Bob Dylan

We also listed the 10 best Dylan bootlegs, his funniest and most inscrutable lyrics, as well as other musicians' finest cover versions of his songs. You can also check out the very first Rolling Stone interview with Dylan from back in 1969.

Photos: 70 Photos of Bob Dylan on his 70th Birthday

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“Don't Dream It's Over”

Crowded House | 1986

Early in the sessions for Crowded House's debut album, the band and producer Mitchell Froom were still feeling each other out, and at one point Froom substituted session musicians for the band's Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. "At the time it was a quite threatening thing," Neil Finn told Rolling Stone. "The next day we recorded 'Don't Dream It's Over,' and it had a particularly sad groove to it — I think because Paul and Nick had faced their own mortality." As for the song itself, "It was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on — don't dream it's over," Finn explained.

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