Joan Baez with Bob Dylan (National Archive/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

Joan Baez with Bob Dylan (National Archive/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

Today is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm]’s 70th birthday, so we’re paying him tribute. In these several raw audio cuts, Dylan talks about a musical career that has spanned 50 years. Ending the audio is a cut not from Dylan, but from a certain member of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Beatles[/lastfm] sharing his thoughts on Dylan’s music.

Description of each cut (play the full audio below.)

Cut 1: Bob Dylan’s songwriting career has spanned nearly 50 years but even he’s surprised how some of those early songs were written.

Cut 2: On leaving his small Minnesota town of Hibbing.

Cut 3: About the differences between Dylan and his parents.

Cut 4: Early on in his career, Dylan knew singing was his destiny.

Cut 5: Bob Dylan has been called a prophet and a voice of a generation- but on his 70th birthday today, Dylan disagrees.

Cut 6: Bob Dylan received many accolades over his nearly 50 years in the music business, however, he doesn’t put much stock in it.

Cut 7: On his 70th birthday, Bob Dylan talks about why he still writes songs and makes music.

Cut 8: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] shares his thoughts on Bob Dylan’s music. 

mavisstapes150 [Audio] Talking With Bob Dylan

Mavis Staples (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mavis Staples[/lastfm] did an interview last week on CBS Sunday Morning with Russ Mitchell.  Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples (of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Staples Singers[/lastfm]) had a 3 year courtship and he asked her to marry him. Listen to her talk about it below.

More Bob Dylan:

The 50th anniversary of his New York City debut at Gerde’s Folk City

What does Dylan’s music mean to you?

Five decades of Dylan

Bob Dylan’s Lasting ‘Subterranean’ Influence


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