Bob Dylan at 80: Celebrate with The Current

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Bob Dylan is at center in a group of Herzl campers in 1957.
Bob Dylan is at center in a group of Herzl campers in 1957. Louie Kemp is immediately to the right of Dylan; Larry Kegan is immediately to the left. (Mark Alpert)

Bob Dylan was born in Duluth and raised in Hibbing, and went on to become the most acclaimed singer-songwriter of his generation. On May 24 he turns 80 years old, and The Current has planned a wealth of programming to celebrate this landmark birthday.

Here's what to watch, and listen, for over the ten days leading up to Bob's 80th!

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Dylan at 80 (MPR graphic)

Saturday, May 15

Musicheads Essential Album feature: Desire

Sunday, May 16

Musicheads Essential Album feature: Slow Train Coming

Monday, May 17

Musicheads Essential Album feature: The Basement Tapes

Playlist: Bob Dylan's most epic songs

Tuesday, May 18

Musicheads Essential Album feature: Time Out of Mind

Wednesday, May 19

Musicheads Essential Album feature: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

Thursday, May 20

Musicheads Essential Album feature: The Times They Are A-Changin'

Rock and Roll Book Club: The World of Bob Dylan, ed. Sean Latham (on air and online, 8:30 a.m.)

Friday, May 21

Musicheads Essential Album feature: Bringing It All Back Home

Saturday, May 22

Musicheads Essential Album feature: Blonde on Blonde

Teenage Kicks: '80s Bob for Bob's 80th (on air, 8-10 a.m.)

Saturday Theme: Dylan covers (on air throughout the day)

Radio Free Current: Great covers, Dylan and beyond (on air, 7-11 p.m.)

Sunday, May 23

Musicheads Essential Album feature: Highway 61 Revisited

Radio Heartland: Folky Bob (on air, 7-8 a.m.)

United States of Americana: Country-leaning Bob (8-10 a.m.)

The Local Show: Bob Dylan tracks alongside other Minnesota music (on air, 6-8 p.m.)

The Duluth Local Show: Bob and covers (on air, 8-9 p.m.)

Monday, May 24

Musicheads Essential Album feature: Blood On the Tracks

Playlist: Dylan's Minnesota songs

Coffee Break: Bob Dylan's places (on air, 9:30-10:00 a.m.)

Special feature: 80 essential Dylan songs (on air with Mary Lucia and Bill DeVille, 4-10 p.m.)

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