Saturday, May 21, 2011

Weekend reading

In anticipation of Bob Dylan's 70th birthday (which is on Tuesday), The Independent has come up with a list of 70 reasons why Robert Allen Zimmerman is "the most important figure in pop-culture history."

23. Because The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was such a huge influence on The Beatles. "We just played it, just wore it out," said George Harrison. "The content of the song lyrics and just the attitude – it was incredibly original and wonderful." John Lennon said: "For three weeks... we didn't stop playing it. We went potty about Dylan."

24. Because he introduced The Beatles to pot, without which there may have been no Rubber Soul, Revolver or Sgt Pepper.

Wait - no mention of the Traveling Wilburys? Weak sauce.

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