Bob Dylan: a hard octogenarian to follow

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Bob Dylan: a hard octogenarian to follow

After the success of his album in 2020, it seems there’s no stopping Bob Dylan as he celebrates his 80th on May 24

Shannon Sherry

It all might have ended 55 years ago, and there would have been no controversial Nobel prize, no Congressional Medal of Freedom awarded by Barack Obama, no Grammys, no Oscars, no multitudinous symbols of recognition and acclaim, no chart-topping records, no quotes from his mercurial songs being bandied about by popes and presidents.

On July 29 1966, on a beautiful sunny morning and barely a month after the release of his landmark album Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan smashed his 500cc Triumph motorcycle in the upstate New York town of Woodstock.

The sun was in his eyes or there was a greasy patch on the road that caused the bike to skid. As with many episodes in Dylan’s life, the facts were slow to emerge. True to form, horrific rumours circulated that the young demigod of the rock media at the time had been badly disfigured and that the crash had left him blind and paralysed...

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