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Bob Dylan gives first interview in three years to AARP magazine

DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota native and music legend Bob Dylan recently gave his first media interview in nearly three years. The publication? AARP Magazine, of all places. Dylan, 73, appears on the cover of the magazine's February-March issue as h...

 

DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota  native and music legend Bob Dylan recently gave his first media interview in nearly three years. The publication? AARP Magazine, of all places.

Dylan, 73, appears on the cover of the magazine’s February-March issue as he promotes his new album, “Shadows in the Night,” slated for release on Feb. 3.

It’s a covers album - there are no original compositions by Dylan - and all of the songs were sung by Frank Sinatra at some point.

“He is the mountain,” Dylan said of Sinatra in the AARP interview. “That’s the mountain you have to climb, even if you only get part of the way there. And it’s hard to find a song he did not do. … Frank sang to you - not at you. I never wanted to be a singer that sings at somebody. I’ve always wanted to sing to somebody.”

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Dylan also talked about the music he listened to while growing up as Bobby Zimmerman in Hibbing: “Early on, before rock ’n’ roll, I listened to big band music: Harry James, Russ Columbo, Glenn Miller. But up north, at night, you could find these radio stations that played pre-rock ’n’ roll things - country blues,” Dylan said in the interview. Dylan mentioned picking up Chicago radio stations that played “all hillbilly stuff,” and also listening to the Grand Ole Opry.

 

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