Bob Dylan turns 70 today. And there are so many ways to celebrate: Starting at 7 a.m., you could listen to WXPN play 70 consecutive Dylan songs. Starting right now, you could watch this, and then read Andy Gill's list of the 70 reasons why Dylan is the most important figure in pop culture history from last week's The Independent.
And at 7 tonight, you can get yourself over to Rembrandt's in the Art Museum area for Jon Houlon and Kenn Kweder's annual Dylan birthday celebration, which this year will include over 40 Philadelphia-area artists covering Dylan songs, with Houlon doing "Ballad In Plain D," Lenny Smith singing "Gotta Serve Somebody," Dan Zimmerman (no relation) doing "Everything Is Broken." Mia Johnson singing "Love Minus Zero / No Limit" and Patrick Berkery essaying "Jammin' Me," which Dylan wrote with Tom Petty and Mike Campbell. Lenny Smith's son Daniel will also be there, but his Dylan cover is still TBD. Below, Bob does one of the many thing he does better than anybody else - pretend he doesn't care - in "Things Have Changed."