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August 16th, 2011

Tomorrow There Will Be A Bonafide Legend In Our Midst. Act Accordingly.


Look, we’re not going to pretend for one second that I’m Not There isn’t one of (with apologies to the great Cate Blanchett) the world’s most garbage movies or that the five scariest words in the English language aren’t “new music from Bob Dylan,” but you’d have to be a fool or a jerk or both at the same time to not admit that Bob Dylan wasn’t one of The Most Stone Coldest Dudes to ever walk the earth. He earned that. And though he may have lost it somewhere along the way, we feel it’s best to give respect where it’s due. With Bob Dylan, even in 2011, it’s due.

As former PW scribe, current Phawker EIC Jonathan Valania once wrote in our pages in the very entertaining Rock Snob Encyclopedia he penned for us way the hell back:

Zimmerman, Robert: Aka Bob Dylan, aka the Mystery Tramp, aka Napoleon in Rags. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Bob Dylan was the all-seeing eye atop the pyramid of rock–a razor-thin, tousle-haired visionary speaking in stoned parables and meth-riddles about the nature of transcendental consciousness from behind impenetrable black shades. His status as generational oracle was earned by a triumvirate of hallucinatory folk-rock albums–1965’s Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, and 1966’s Blonde on Blonde–that he would spend the rest of his career simultaneously trying to live up to and live down, never quite succeeding on either count.

Generational Oracle. Recognize. There are still tickets to tomorrow’s show at the Mann. You can buy them here.
And bonus: Leon Russell is also on the bill. That motherfucker may look like Old Man Christmas, but he’s a Stone Badass too. Proof:

  1. 2 Responses to “Tomorrow There Will Be A Bonafide Legend In Our Midst. Act Accordingly.”

  2. By Chris on Aug 17, 2011

    Where can I get my hands on that Dylan image/poster? Looks great.

  3. By Brian McManus on Aug 18, 2011


    I know, right? Send an email to and we’ll get you sorted. Last night at the show they were handing out baseball cards with that illustration on the front of them. Super cool.

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