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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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