This summer, one of the most important songwriters in music history, Bob Dylan, returns to Roskilde Festival.
Bob Dylan's impact on popular music is immeasurable. He is responsible for some of the most influential albums of all time, such as The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks and Blonde on Blonde.
He has pioneered several types of songwriting (from confessional singer-songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives and – not least – electric folk rock) and influenced countless musicians throughout the decades, including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchel and Neil Young.
The musical icon has experienced it all: His early songs became anthems for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement, music magazine Rolling Stone has chosen “Like a Rolling Stone” as the best song ever, he is recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he has won the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has been called the Messiah (and Judas (!) – for electrifying his folk songs!) by his audience.
For more than a half century, Bob Dylan has challenged and spellbound generations of music lovers on a musical odyssey, and he has always gone against any kind of cultural and artistic categorisation.
Bob Dylan isn’t like many iconic artists: he never will – and infamously never has – pandered to expectations of audience or to nostalgia. When performing on The Never Ending Tour, Bob Dylan reimagines and contemporises his back catalogue full of classics. When the 77-year-old artist takes place behind his piano he is surrounded by a stellar band (aptly called his band) consisting of drummer George Receli, six-stringer Charlie Sexton, bass player Tony Garnier and string man Donnie Herron. And judging by recent set lists (Rolling Stone has done some digging), we may just be treated to some true gems.
Seeing Bob Dylan in concert is a bucket list thing for most music fans. This summer, you can check (or double/triple/quadruple etc.) yours when Bob Dylan returns to Roskilde Festival, his sixth visit here and the first since 2006.