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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

wednesday wt...?: dj dylan

Singer Bob Dylan to become radio DJ
(Wed Dec 14)

In a daring move legendary mumbler folk rocker Bob Dylan will start a new career as a radio DJ when he launches a new weekly thankfully not talk music show on XM Satellite Radio next March.

The station said on Tuesday the show would feature music hand-picked by Dylan, writer of some of the enduring classics of popular music since the 1960s such as Mr Tambourine Man, Like a Rolling Stone and The Times They unlike my wild woolly hair style Are A-Changin'.

"Dylan will offer regular incomprehensible commentary on music and other topics, host and interview confused special guests including other artists and will take emails from XM subscribers," XM said. A translator is being held on retainer.

Now 64, Dylan looks as craggy as Springsteen, despite having been quite the pretty boy in his youth. Dylan's anti-establishment folk songs were the anthems of a heavily drugged generation and he has released over 44 albums in a career spanning more than four decades. And it shows.

"Songs and music have always inspired me. A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I've ever been on the other side of the mic," Dylan said in a written statement. ”Some would say there is good reason for that, but XM have decided to take a chance on me anyway.”

In spite of a few disappointing tours over the last several years where Dylan appeared both disinterested and forgetful of lyrics, his memoir "Chronicles Vol.1," published in Oct 2004, was a huge best-seller in the United States.

[No hate mail please!! ^_^ I actually think Dylan is one of the greatest songwriters of the last century, but there’s no denying that a mumbler like him is going to make a rather eccentric DJ and interviewer. I wonder if XM has net radio? Oh, and yes that comment on his last few tours came from Dylan fans who were actually there and came home shaking their heads.]