In 1966 a Bob Dylan ticket with the face value of $3.50 could gain one entry into the Ottawa YMCA Auditorium to see the 24-year old perform in concert. Recently, someone bid $1,134.99 to win the torn stub of one of these rare ’66 tickets while it was up for auction on eBay. In other words, the winner paid 324 times more for it than the original ticket buyer did.
While often the focus of critics who ruminate about his lyrics, exaggerate his love interests, or question his political affiliation, Bob Dylan continuously keeps friends and foes guessing. However, in a rare move on Jan. 16, 1993 at President-Elect Bill Clinton's 1993 Inaugural Concert, Dylan outwardly and musically expressed his feelings at a political gathering.
In mid-1966, following a whirlwind couple of years in which he became a legend and a reluctant star, Bob Dylan withdrew from the public eye. And he found a reason that was fitting of his testy image at the time: He claimed he was in a motorcycle accident, which fans still dispute to this day. Was it real? Or was it staged so that the increasingly agitated and reclusive singer-songwriter could get away from it all for a while and clear his head?
Hit singles are not usually associated with Bob Dylan. The man and his songs stand above the fray in the overall scheme of things, but the Billboard singles charts, with a couple exceptions, was never his home away from home. After releasing his debut album in the spring of 1962, Dylan headed back into Columbia Studios to record material for his second album, 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.' Recording began in October 1962 with what was Dylan's first foray into rock and roll territory.
Coming to select theaters on Dec. 21 is 'Not Fade Away,' a story about New Jersey teenagers who, inspired by seeing the Rolling Stones on television in 1964, form a band. The film, which was written and directed by 'Sopranos' creator David Chase, features a soundtrack comprised of many rock and rhythm-and-blues classics, and was put together by Steven Van Zandt. The soundtrack will be available on Dec. 18.