You’re never too old or too legendary to go through a phase. And Bob Dylan’s current obsession with the Great American Songbook is, a strange phase. With a voice that has seen better days and a Nobel prize-winning talent for writing his own lyrics, he is not the ideal choice for crooner, or Frank Sinatra wannabe.
On June 3rd, 1968, eight months after the first issue of Rolling Stone hit newsstands, editor and publisher Jann Wenner sat down at a typewriter and wrote Bob Dylan a letter. "I don't mean to add to the number of people that pester you every day," he wrote. "But we would like very much to include some direct coverage of your activities in our publication. You don't have to tell us what kind of oatmeal you like in between meals, but it would be nice to let us and our readers know what you think about your music and what is happening in popular music today."