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Should Bob Dylan retire at 70?

By Jennie L. Phipps ·
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Posted: 2 pm ET

Today is Bob Dylan's 70th birthday. His songs helped shape my life. I know exactly where I was when I first heard many of them. The lyrics still figure into how I look at the world.

But I think it is time for Bob to quit touring. He never had a melodic voice -- it was part of his charm. Still, when I heard him a couple of years ago, he sounded like the Siamese tomcat across the street.

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When's the right time to quit? Will we recognize when the time comes that we can no longer do what we used to do so well?

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In honor of the day, I've pulled out my "Best of Bob Dylan." The album includes: "Forever Young," "The Times They Are A-Changing," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

These days, I can identify with the first one, read new meaning into the second and third, and hope fervently that I'm not ready for the last one.

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July 21, 2011 at 2:22 am

NO,he's still got in

Young Fan
June 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I love Bob. But seriously, his recent concert in Byron Bay (Australia) could only be described as him dribbling songs down his shirt.

Yes he's a hell of a lot older, but there's more to it than that. I wanted my money back. I found myself wishing I'd seen the smaller local band that was on at the same time. I don't and didn't want to feel like that at a Bob Dylan concert. It is time for him to hang up the touring boots. If he still wants to make albums then great! His recent output has been pretty good, but no more shows. He's ruining his own legacy.

June 04, 2011 at 1:11 am

That's for Bob Dylan to decide

Paul Phelan
May 25, 2011 at 11:00 am

Ms Phipps has way too much time on her hands to ponder (at length) whether or not Bob Dylan should retire at age 70. I'm sure he'll consider his options based on his wants and those of his fans (who seem to be hanging in with him).

Old Hippie
May 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm

This guy should have retired at least 10 years ago. My husband and I went to one of his concerts and were so uninspired, we walked out.