On May 10, 2022, Tulsa, Oklahoma will officially be opening the Bob Dylan Center, a permanent three-story museum honoring the Nobel and Pulitzer prize winner and modern music legend.
According to The Bob Dylan Center’s website, the museum will boast “more than 100,000 exclusive cultural treasures found in The Bob Dylan Archive.” These include handwritten lyrics for some of his most treasured songs, previously unreleased recordings, never-before-seen film performances, rare photographs, visual art, and other priceless items spanning the ‘Murder Most Foul’ singer’s lengthy career. The museum also includes a studio recreated from his hey-day so that visitors can experience “what it was like to be present at one of Dylan’s historic recording sessions.”
As Consequence of Sound points out, one of the items on display at the museum is the earliest-known version of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”, which Dylan recorded at his friends’ apartment in the fall of 1962. This take features alternate lyrics compared to those heard on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. The center released a download the song for free, as an example of their offerings.
According to the description on the above website, “the Bob Dylan Center is committed to exploring the myriad forms of creativity that enrich the world around us. The center will serve to educate, motivate, and inspire visitors to engage their own capacity as creators. Through exhibits, public programs, performances, lectures, and publications, the center aims to foster a conversation about the role of creativity in our lives.”
CULTURE (counter, pop, and otherwise) and the people who shape it.