Bob Dylan's '80s output doesn't get a lot of love, but he was plenty busy during the decade, and some of his best recordings from that era are getting the tribute treatment from a diverse array of younger artists.
We all knew that Bob Dylan's music would appear in two Super Bowl commercials this year, but what we didn't know was how strongly -- and clearly -- he would verbally testify on behalf of the American auto industry in one of them.
Back on Oct. 16, 1992, a ton of big-name artists gathered in New York City's Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of music's most legendary singer-songwriters. The star-studded affair, 'Bob Dylan -- The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration,' yielded a television special and a soundtrack.
Bob Dylan has entered the "rock 'n' roll statesman" phase of his career, in which just about every album he releases is showered with critical praise right out of the gate. But Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne sees Dylan's recent output a little differently.
The guitar that Bob Dylan played at the infamous Newport Folk Festival in 1965 just sold for close to $1 million at auction. The sale of the guitar made news earlier this year, when it was revealed to be in the possession of a New Jersey family.
Given that songs like 'Blowin' in the Wind,' 'Only a Pawn in Their Game' and 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' perfectly captured the mood of the Civil Rights Movement, you'd think Bob Dylan would be one of the last people to be accused of racism. But the legendary songwriter has officially been accused by French authorities of "public insult and inciting hate."
Race, politics and religion are subjects probably better left out of conversation in mixed company, even if you happen to be conversing with one of rock's greatest living poets. Just ask Bob Dylan, who's accused of making racist comments in a lawsuit recently filed by an organization called the Council of Croats.
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