Sarasota, FL- Bob Dylan has been around since the ‘60’s when he wrote and sang songs that were used by the Anti-War and Civil Rights movements. He’s been in and out of the public forum with different genres of music from Folk and Blues to Rock and Roll and even Irish Folk music. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time selling more than 100 million records. He’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame! And in 2016 Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
Bob Dylan is also a visual artist and has published several books starting with Drawn Blank in 1994 with his latest being The Beaten Path in 2016. He’s had exhibitions in Germany, Milan, London and the U.S.A. He’s also published a book of poetry called Tarantula and started his memoirs with Chronicles: Volume One. Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma has Dylan’s archive of song drafts, recordings, etc. in the Helmerich Center for American Research. The George Kaiser Family Foundation is planning to open the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa’s Arts District in 2021.
You wouldn’t call Bob Dylan’s voice pretty, but it is definitely one of a kind. President Barack Obama presented Dylan with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 and said that Dylan’s voice is, “unique gravelly power that redefined not just what music sounded like but the message it carried and how it made people feel”.
According to his website www.bobdylan.com More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 will be released on November 2. This has previously unreleased studio performances from 1974’s mythic Blood on the Track sessions. He is also in the Whiskey business! Heaven’s Door Tennessee Bourbon, Double Barrel Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey. He writes, “We wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story.”
Dylan toured Europe earlier this year and then the Far East and Australia over the summer. And now he’s coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall here in Sarasota on October 21. He hasn’t been there since 1992 when Sarasota’s own Dickey Betts joined him onstage. This show is sold out and will surely be a great time for Dylan fans.
Photos: Van Wezel by sarasotapost.com
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan: By Rowland Scherman – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain
Dylan and Obamas: By Official White House Photo by Pete Souza – Flickr, Public Domain