Bob Dylan — Where do we start? With Todd Haynes' flawed bio-pic, I'm Not There, in which Dylan is portrayed by six actors, including Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger? With D.A. Pennebaker's documentary on Dylan, Don't Look Back, which started the genre of rockumentaries? Or maybe with the knowledge that Don't Look Back spawned the first proper music video, with Bob Dylan flipping the lyric cards of "Subterranean Homesick Blues"?

The fact that musicians as diverse as David Bowie, Belle & Sebastian, and Syd Barrett all wrote songs about Bob Dylan? Or that the Beastie Boys, John Lennon, and the Who all mention Dylan in seminal songs? With the second-season episode in Mad Men when Peggy Olson gets oh-so-excited to go on a date to see Bob Dylan play in the Village?

With the novel Forrest Gump, in which Forrest and Jenny form a band and cover Dylan tunes? Without whom, what would the title of Rolling Stone magazine possibly be? Would every Vietnam and Jim Crow era protest have a different soundtrack?

Dylan, the man who started it all.
Dylan, the man who started it all.

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601-7 Sansburys Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411

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Bob Dylan, Americanarama Festival of Music, with Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Bob Weir. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $31 to $703 plus fees. Call 800-745-3000, or visit

We can certainly end with the Americanarama Festival of Music. For without Bob Dylan, the sounds of the other bands in the lineup would irrevocably have been different. And though the old supermarket tabloids might have told us that Elvis is still alive, he isn't currently on tour with any of his musical descendants.

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The truth of the matter is that a branch of Presley's own music tree goes straight into  Bob Dylan's. A REALLY badly informed CBS anchorman such as  Ed Bradley, (RIP) who interviewed Dylan on "60 Minutes", back in  June of 2006,  at    first  couldn't believe it  when Dylan said he didn't want be  messiah, nor the saviour of rock music,  but simply"to be Elvis". Bradley looked quizzical, when he heard it, and then Dylan said again."All I wanted to be was Elvis".  


The influence Presley had on the millions who were there, at the advent of the so called rock and roll era, did not restrict itself to infuencing musicians. but went as far as changing the life of  sportsmen, common folk, or royals, future Prime ministers or even   heads of state, and this  not just the US, but on both sides of the Iron Curtain.   Ask Boris Yeltsin ( well, he is no longer alive),  but then ask Vladimir Putin,  both huge fans of,  and greatly infuenced by Presley.    It wasn't the lyrics, as in Dylan;s case, that did it,  but on the realization that a young man with such humble background could become as big as he did, his very act permeating through radio, television, the movies, the stage, and influencing changes in popular culture, be it in apparel, sex, religion and even in the racial divide.  Because  Presley  didn't intend to do what he did, his early contributions are somewhat regarded as not that important, but they surely were, inspite of never writing a song in his life.

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