The former Robert Zimmermann celebrates his 66th birthday today. Unlike fellow '60s icon Paul McCartney, Dylan has stayed out of the tabloids. He is also still recording music that matters, unlike The Rolling Stones.
Not only is Dylan topping his old chart rivals, he's had more albums out this century than his son's band The Wallflowers have. Then there are the books, the tribute albums, the "will Bob Dylan win a Nobel Prize this year" talk, and the documentaries, but it always comes back to the music. John Lennon isn't around for us to tell him how much we dig his songwriting, but Dylan is. You can still catch him on the road. Tickets to his shows are still cheaper than the Stones and the music is still better.
Happy birthday, Bob. As long as you are around, we'll still have someone to tell how the times are a-changing.