Welcome to the Bob Dylan 70th Birthday countdown.
When Dylan turned 60, Sony celebrated by revamping his website.
If you search in the archives of Expecting Rain, you’ll see that “60 Live Dylan Performances!” were posted to the now-defunct page dedicated to audio performances on May 24, 2001. The “Performances” page was launched in December, 1997, as an incentive for Dylan fans to visit the website. The last audio tracks were posted in May, 2005. For a complete list of what was available at the time, please check out the Searching For A Gem – Online Performances page.
For some insight into what is was like to design the earlier version of bobdylan.com, you should visit Levi Asher’s memoir page. Here’s an excerpt:
The only challenging technical project I was working on was my moonlighting gig, BobDylan.com. The most difficult but also most original part of this project was a complete hypertext catalog of every song and album Dylan had ever recorded or written, using Perl and Sybase. Developing this was great fun, and I spent hours on it every day at work (my “moonlighting” didn’t involve much moonlight). Dan Levy and I got along well, and I appreciated his practical and earthbound approach to planning. We had the site ready to go well in advance of launch of the major new Dylan album Time Out of Mind, and I got a nice paycheck for my work.
To get an idea what to expect in the next few weeks, you should check out the 364 Expecting Rain posts between May 1 and 23, 2001. It’s also interesting that there were reports of Dylan recording his album, “Love & Theft”, during this time, and that, “According to Joe Strummer on the BBC Today program he is meeting Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan for lunch today in/at the Ivor Novello Awards in London.”
Is there something new planned for bobdylan.com as the legendary musician approaches his 70th birthday? Well, there is this post on the official website:
Comments and Blog Posts – posted May 2 2011 by bobdylan.com
The bobdylan.com commenting and personal blog post functions will be undergoing changes and all posts will be removed in a week.
If you would like to preserve any of your posts please copy them by May 8. Thank you.
Something is happening, but we don’t know what it is. Yet.
While we’re at it, I wonder if Google will have a special logo image on May 24 honoring Dylan? Time will tell . . .
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