Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bob Dylan Birthday Bash, Today at Grimey's

Posted by on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Seventy years ago today, Robert Allen Zimmerman (Hebrew name Shabtai Zisel ben Avraham) was born in Duluth, Minn., to parents Abram Zimmerman and Beatty Stone. "You're born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents," Zimmerman would later reflect. "I mean, that happens." As we all know, Zimmerman would go on to christen himself Bob Dylan and basically prove to be the most influential figure in American music.

Over at The Village Voice, writer David Yaffe has put together a list of Dylan's 70 greatest songs in two parts: Part 1; Part 2. "Still, 70 is a mighty powerful benchmark," says Yaffe, "and it officially puts the baby boomers, Dylan's original and most fervent demo, on notice that they are either officially old or, with the aid of the Facebook equivalent of 2031, could help snag Dylan a Saturday Night Live hosting stint." (See Yaffe's Top 10 after the jump.)

But the former Scene overlords at VVM aren't the only folks celebrating Dylan's new-found septuagenarian status in style. Those beloved local jam-peddlers over at Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music are hosting a bash in Dylan's honor today at 6 p.m. There will be cake, New Belgian Ales and some wax-spinnin' courtesy of The Record Wranglers. Say the fine folks at Grimey's:

May 24th is the Mystery Tramp's 70th birthday! We're throwing a party to celebrate and we wrangled the Record Wranglers to spin some rare and interesting Dylan tunes. Have you ever heard Flatt & Scruggs' take on "Like A Rolling Stone"? Tim Hibbs & Bob Irwin are the Record Wranglers and they're from Sundazed Records, who have 11 classic Dylan titles on vinyl. We'll have a prize pack of Dylan vinyl for a lucky winner and free beer for everybody so join us, won't you?

1. "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall"
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Live 1975)

2. "Abandoned Love"
Golden Unplugged Album (Biograph)

3. "Ain't Talkin' "
Modern Times (Tell Tale Signs)

4. "All Along the Watchtower"
John Wesley Harding (Before the Flood)

5. "Ballad of a Thin Man"
Highway 61 Revisited (Live 1966)

6. "Blind Willie McTell"
Bootleg Series, Vol 1 (Outfidel Intakes)

7. "Blowin' in the Wind"
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

8. "Crash On the Levee (Down in the Flood)"
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Genuine Basement Tapes)

9. "Desolation Row"
Highway 61 Revisited (No Direction Home soundtrack)

10. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

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