From The Archives: Duluth Does Dylan
Forty-five years ago, plus or minus a month and a half, the Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune published a long feature on a hometown boy by the name of Bobby Zimmerman.
He was already Bob Dylan by then: The story was published following the mid-'63 release of "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," just before the folksinging sensation's Carnegie Hall debut.
It's a great read, particularly as it relates to Bobby Zimmerman's transformation into Bob Dylan. "My son is a corporation and his public image is strictly an act," Abe Zimmerman tells the paper.
You can read the whole thing here.
Hat tip, by the way, to Amy Argetsinger, Reliable Source columnist and noted Dylanphile who earlier drew up a list of her Top 5 Dylan songs for This Very Blog. The story, Amy says, "is riveting, and well-reported, and a hell of a lot more sophisticated and aware than you'd expect from a small-town paper in 1963."
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