Positively Bob Dylan

Fine Bob Dylan stuff. Since 1997.

2000s: The new millennium

One life reflected, a new one happening

2000
  • Tribute "Duluth does Dylan" — an homage to the town's most famous native, performed by 15 local bands and musicians
  • Dylan contributes the previously unreleased new song "Things have changed" for the sountrack album of the movie "Wonder Boys" starring Michael Douglas
  • Dylan is awarded "The Polar Music Prize" by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music for his "indisputable influence on the development of 20th century popular music as a singer-songwriter"
2001
  • The Association "Mind Out of Time" organizes a festival-concert for Dylan’s Birthday in Alba/Italy on May 24-27
  • Dylan wins Oscar for "Things have changed" in the category "Music (Song)" (nominations in "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance" and "Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media") and performs it on the Oscars ceremony via satellite from his Australian tour
  • "Don't look back" — one of the most important concert movies ever made, directed by D.A. Pennebaker — is released on DVD including 3 additional songs.
  • Ramblin Jack Elliott ("The Rolling Thunder Revue") and 14 other folk singers pay tribute to Dylan on his 60th birthday: "A nod to Bob"
  • Long-time friend George Harrison dies. Dylan remarks: "The world is a profoundly emptier place without him".
  • Grammy Award in the category "Best Contemporary Folk Album incl. Best Ethnic or Contemporary Folk Recording" for the album "Love And Theft".
2002
  • 1965 album "Highway 61 Revisited" inducted to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
  • First big screen role since 1987 ("Hearts of Fire"): imprisoned Folk Singer Jack Fate in "Masked and Anonymous", directed by Larry Charles, producer/director of "Seinfeld", alongside Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Ed Harris and Angela Bassett.
  • Dylan contributes previously unreleased song "Waitin' For You" to the movie "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" starring Sandra Bullock.
  • Premiere of Sam Shepard's play "True Dylan" in Bochum, Germany.
  • "Mr. Tambourine Man" off the album "Bringing It All Back Home" inducted to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
  • Dylan topped Blender magazine poll of 50 rock geniuses of all time (John Lennon and Chuck Berry being Nos. 2&3): "[Dylan is] the civil rights anthem writer who abandoned the cause, the electric poet turned born-again traditionalist".
2003
  • Contributes new song "'Cross the Green Mountain" for the civil war epic movie "Gods and Generals", directed by Ronald F. Maxwell.
  • Sony Music releases 15 classic Bob Dylan albums remastered in Hybrid SACD format: "Revisited: The Remasters"
2004
  • First filmed interview in 20 years for new Scorsese-documentary.
  • "The Bob Dylan Show" US-tour with Willie Nelson & Family
  • Dylan publishes his autobiography "Chronicles, Vol.1" (Simon & Schuster), featuring episodes of his life during the 1960s and the late 1980s up until the recording of "Oh Mercy". The book is also released on audio CD and cassette read by Sean Penn.
  • First appearance in a TV commercial (for "Victoria's Secret"), a video clip showing Dylan walking through Venice and featuring his 1997 song "Love Sick".
  • First TV interview in 19 years for "60 minutes" (CBS), supporting the release of his autobiography "Chronicles, Volume One"
2005
  • "The Bob Dylan Show" continues with Merle Haggard & The Strangers, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson & Family and The Greencards.
  • Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" is rated "Greatest Song Of All Time" by a jury of singers, musicians, producers, industry figures, critics and songwriters in "Rolling Stone" magazine. Another 11 Dylan classics from the 1960s and early 1970s are included in the Top 500.
  • Director Martin Scorsese releases the first extensive Dylan documentary (produced for TV & DVD). The movie includes both rare archive material and Dylan himself in a new interview.
2006
  • Grammy nomination in the category "Best Spoken Word Album" for the Simon & Schuster audio book version of Dylan's autobiography "Chronicles - Volume One", read by actor Sean Penn
  • Grammy nomination for "No Direction Home: The Soundtrack - Bootleg Series, Vol. 7" in the category "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media".
  • Grammy award in the category "Best Long Form Music Video" for Martin Scorsese's Dylan documentary "No Direction Home".
  • Dylan debuts as a radio DJ for America's XM Satellite Radio on May 4. The playlist for the one-hour show with the slightly ironic topic "weather" included songs by Muddy Waters, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder.
  • "Modern Times", first studio album in five years, reaches #1 on US Billboard 200 album charts.
2007
  • Rolling Stone Magazine rates Dylan's latest studio album "Modern Times" #1 of the "Top 50 Albums of 2006": "Dylan hasn't sounded this frisky since John Wesley Harding in 1968...Where can he go from Modern Times? Anywhere he goddamn wants."
  • Grammy Awards for "Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance" ("Someday Baby") and "Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album" ("Modern Times")
  • New TV ad for Cadillac, also promoting his XM radio show
2008
  • Special Citation at the Pulitzer Prizes 2008
  • New version of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" for the Expo 2008 in Zaragoza
2009

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From the archives

Called home by the Highlands
  PEOPLE | Jan 4, 2008
Golden Globe for Blanchett
  AWARDS, MEDIA | Jan 15, 2008
Dylan's life coming up on the big screen!
  MEDIA | Feb 11, 2004
Gerry Goffin/Bob Dylan
  PEOPLE, RECORDS | Jun 21, 2014
Original Mono Recordings released
  RECORDS | Oct 15, 2010
Future Bootleg Series volumes we want to see published
  RECORDS | May 8, 2014
Tell Tale Signs
  RECORDS | Aug 10, 2008
A medal of honor
  AWARDS | May 30, 2012
Surprising winner at web's first Bob Dylan song voting
  WEB | Mar 1, 2005
Mike Hobo's Legendary Bob Dylan Site Revisited
  WEB | Oct 22, 2004

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