Reporter Kristin Lundell and photographer Karin Grip visited Hibbing in October to do a feature for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, one of the nation’s largest dailies. Today, Lundell’s story and Grip’s photos ran in a huge three-page feature in the Culture section.
The story is a marvelously composed version of a common theme: Bob Dylan’s hometown doesn’t seem to understand him. And as much as I’d like this not to be the case (great improvements have been made in recent years) I personally witnessed what the reporters saw — prominent Hibbing people remarking about Dylan’s perceived disdain for Hibbing, something I thought had been debunked ages ago.
We continue to plan Dylan Days 2013 and I can share that a group of several Hibbing interests are working on a plan to make a prominent tribute to Dylan in his hometown. Dylan, for his part, continues touring, and his excellent recent album suggests a man looking back with complicated emotions. The story of Dylan in Hibbing is one of complicated emotions indeed.
- I let it slip that in the time since I started organizing Dylan Days, Johnny Cash has slipped ahead of Dylan in my MP3 play meter. This is common knowledge in Sweden, now.
- One of the cool things that happened was when I was driving with Kristin and Karin to Hibbing High School, KAXE played a new tune from a Swedish artist, “The Tallest Man
in the Worldon Earth.” This made the story and I was very proud to be a part of the eclectic station that connects northern Minnesota to the wider world.
- I wrote about my numerous faux pas with the ladies from Sweden in a column last month. I continue to decipher my family records to figure out exactly where in Sweden my relatives came from.
- It’s worth going to the story link if only to see Iris Kolodji sing “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” on the stage of the Hibbing High School auditorium. Grip edited together a little music video that includes several images from around town. Iris is a frequent guest on my Great Northern Radio Show. The photo above, among Grip’s many fine shots, ran gigantically in the original newspaper feature.