Excitement over Dylan week builds in northern Minnesota

Dylan Days opens tonight in Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing and Dylan Fest is ongoing in his birthplace of Duluth. A host of music, arts and literature events are on tap for a celebration of the folk rock icon’s 70th birthday.

Media coverage is starting to pick up with a fascinating collection of reflections and musings by Dylan fans and North Country residents.

The Hibbing Daily Tribune (subscription only) previewed our 10th year of hosting Dylan Days If you haven’t figured it out yet I am one of the founding co-organizers of Dylan Days and am fairly open about cross-promotion, a hazard of our new media pioneer days.

The Duluth News Tribune has rattled off a treasure-trove of Dylan material, covering the arrival of international fans, the Dylan Days and Dylan Fest schedules, the installation of Dylan-inspired manhole covers in Duluth, and the memories of other 70-somethings who grew up at the same time as Dylan in this region. The DNT News Attic has a superb 1963 article about Dylan that includes a highly revealing interview with Dylan’s mom and dad, Beatty and Abe Zimmerman in Hibbing.

Minnesota Public Radio ran a very well done Dylan biographic documentary “Boy from the North Country” that includes the voices of many past Dylan friends and associates, including some of our regulars at Dylan Days. This is a free download as well. MPR’s MN Today has a very interesting collection of links to older local references to Dylan’s rise to fame.

I’ve posted the complete listing of Dylan Days events and wrote my Sunday column about Dylan this week.

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