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From 'Blowin' In The Wind' To 'The Times They Are A-Changin'
He is the man credited with the title of the "voice of a generation" who led the folk music revival of the 1960s and created many of the songs that became anthems of the civil rights movement in America. And now, the life and music of folk and rock legend Bob Dylan is to be rightly celebrated in a new show that is coming to the Lichfield Garrick theatre. Dylan, who was born Robert Zimmerman in 1941, went on to become the leading singer-songwriter and author of his time and, in so doing, became a major influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.
Fans of Dylan, who last year was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, will now be able to hear many of his most famous songs in a brand new multimedia show entitled The Bob Dylan Story that will be performed at the Lichfield Garrick on Saturday 10 February. The show features 25 of Dylan's best-loved hits, complete with stunningly evocative visuals and authoritative insights into the stories behind the songs, making it a must-see show for even the most casual fan. The Bob Dylan Story, which sees Bill Lennon perform in the title role, recreates all Dylan's classic hits, from The Times They Are A-Changin', Blowin' In The Wind and Mr Tambourine Man through to Like A Rolling Stone, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Lay Lady Lay, and Knockin' On Heaven's Door, while telling some of the fascinating stories behind the songs.
Bob Dylan with Joan Baez at a civil rights rally in 1963. By Rowland Scherman - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=149559
Supported by a top backing band, the show takes its audience back to the 1960s, the era of Vietnam, anti-war and civil rights protests, and of course, timeless music spearheaded by the likes of Dylan as he plotted his journey from revered protest singer to provocative rock n roll star to virtual recluse and back again, all in the space of a few short years. Bill Lennon, whose other musical credits include James Taylor in You've Got A Friend and Keith Richards in The Counterfeit Stones, said: "We wanted to give Dylan's many fans the opportunity to hear the songs as they remember them, all in one sitting. Although many of Dylan's songs were hits for other artists, from Jimi Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower right up to Adele's Make You Feel My Love, we remain true to the original versions. We are confident the show will have people digging out their old vinyl to sustain the nostalgia just that little bit longer," he added.
Dylan at a concert in Spain in 2010. By Alberto Cabello from Vitoria Gasteiz - Bob Dylan, CC BY 2.0, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11811170
The Bob Dylan Story runs at the Lichfield Garrick on Saturday 10 February at 7.30pm. Tickets are £22.50 and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.