Bob Dylan another American folk hero has a brand-new center in Tulsa, it had actually only opened five weeks before our visit. This Center is the main reason we headed to Tulsa in the first place. It is housed in the same building as the Woody Guthrie Center and continues the vibe of folk music, political activism and arts in a variety of mediums. Its tour is accompanied with head phones and a variety of places to get interviews, different versions of a variety of songs and deeper dives into a variety of subjects.
I mainly used the head phones as background music as I read about the history of the various songs they were playing. Of course, there is much more information provided thru the head phones if you have the time and care to listen. This was an added level of technology and information that the Guthrie center did not have.
The Dylan Center starts with a film which auto replays and lasts about 10 minutes, you can enter at any time and watch until it starts repeating. Although somewhat chronological it doesn’t have to be watched from beginning to end.
Dylan began as an acoustic folk singer, but has recreated himself several times over the years. In 1965 he debuted his electric rock and roll persona at the Newport Folk Festival in this famous leather jacket. This change was not very well received by his long-time followers, but they soon got over it.
He also for a time focused on gospel recordings as shown in this picture taken at Muscle Shoals, a studio we visited earlier this year. Again, not all of his followers appreciated his gospel spell, but again they got over it.
His style has changed over the decades, but his message of love and goodwill has remained the same. Here are a couple of his lyrics, first Like a Rolling Stone first released in 1965. Again, notice the lyrics are typed, and with the changes I assume that he typed them himself. Guess it was common for everyone to have a typewriter and know how to type. The second lyric is for Not Dark Yet, released in 1997, personally handwritten by him.
Bob Dylans career has been long and varied, and along the way he received many accolades including several Grammys which would be expected for a musician. But he was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barrack Obama in 2012, and in 2016 he received a Nobel Prize for Literature.
In addition to his musical talent, he is also an artist.
Just and interesting photo of The Rolling Stones in drag from 1966…
Peace Love and Respect for Bob Dylan!!