Rolling Stone is not alone in celebrating the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan. Several publications and blogs have done their own tributes to the living legend, with each putting their own spin on the man’s incredible legacy and place in popular culture. Here’s a roundup of some of the best we’ve seen so far this week.
Forever Young? In Some Ways, Yes – David Hadju’s essay in the New York Times argues that for Dylan – and many of his other iconic peers who are, would be or are about to turn 70 – their most important birthday was in fact their 14th, which happened right around the time rock and roll began in the mid-1950s.
A Tribute to Bob and Other Musicians Who Rock Well Past Rocking-Chair Age – Joe Gross of the American-Statesman in Austin, Texas was on a similar wavelength with this tribute to Dylan and other artists such as Leonard Cohen, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and Neil Diamond who are still going after all these years.
Seventy On Seventy: The 70 Best Bob Dylan Songs, A To Z – The Village Voice‘s David Yaffe has put together his own list of Dylan’s 70 best tunes, though he makes a point of not ranking the songs. “How could one make an empirical case about whether ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ was better than ‘Just Like a Woman’ or ‘Tangled Up In Blue’? All these songs are perfect for what they are, a bliss that defies hierarchy,” says Yaffe.
Bob Dylan’s 10 Best Infrastructure Songs – The Infrastructurist, a site focused on roads, transportation and cities, has put together a list of Dylan’s best songs related to that subject, including songs such as “Highway 61 Revisited,” “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,” and “From a Buick 6.”
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