Life Lessons From Bob Dylan, in Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell; Quotation via cbsnews.com.

The answers to many of life's great questions, my friend, are lurking in the wisdom of Bob Dylan. Over his long, fruitful life he has said and sung a great many things to inspire the mere mortals following along.

Sure, you can spend $200 this November to pick up The Lyrics: Since 1962, a book that catalogs every lyric Bob Dylan has ever recorded, and go see the Bard at the Orpheum during his three-night residency. But getting closer to Bob is a lifelong process to be nurtured daily. 

Thus, here are some life lessons learned from the poetic pessimist. 

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The Time Bill Murray Surprised Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium

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Bill Murray was at Midway Stadium on August 28 for the final St. Paul Saints game at Energy Park.

No one will ever believe you -- even if you're Bob Dylan? Unlike numerous urban myths regarding Bill Murray's unexpected whereabouts, it's safe to say that the actor was at Midway Stadium in St. Paul on August 29, 1997. Even without members of the Wu-Tang Clan involved, the outcome was still surreal.

Murray is part-owner and "team psychologist" for the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball squad, and rolls through the Twin Cities every so often. Recently, he was on hand during the Saints' "Last Train to Midway" in late August to take tickets and catch the game's first pitch from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Back in '97, Murray visited for Dylan's first of three historic concerts at Energy Park -- shows also took place in 2005 and 2013 -- and added some comic relief to what was already a magical evening.

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Bob Dylan's 2014 U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in November

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Following Bob Dylan's successful run of AmericanaramA shows last summer -- which brought him to Midway Stadium for a memorable night last July -- Dylan's never-ending tour rolls on with a series of far more intimate theater shows this fall.

Those newly announced dates also includes a run of three Minneapolis shows at the Orpheum Theatre in November.

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Bob Dylan-themed restaurant in Hibbing seeks public support

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For 30 years, Zimmy's bar and restaurant in Bob Dylan's old hometown of Hibbing has served as a makeshift museum for fans and an important cultural landmark. Sadly, Zimmy's closed recently, but they have started up an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to help reopen one of the favorite watering holes and restaurants of Dylan fans who make the trek up to his onetime hometown.

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Lost Bob Dylan lyrics get the Mermaid Avenue treatment on new album

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An artist as prolific as Bob Dylan must have countless stacks of half-formed songs and scribbled lyrics -- and hundreds of abandoned acetates -- forming a dusty creative trail all the way back to the '60s. It's easy to say that these long-forgotten musical castaways would be an improvement on today's recycled folk-rock, but we'll get to find out for sure when some "lost" scribbles are brought to life on Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes and an accompanying documentary.

Akin to the Mermaid Avenue albums released by Billy Bragg and Wilco, and centered on the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, the collection will feature a series of contemporary musicians breathing life into songs that come from unseen Dylan lyrics from his historic 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.

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Idina Menzel knocks All-Star Game Dylan cover out of the park

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When it was announced that Idina Menzel would be singing "Forever Young" before the All-Star Game at Target Field on Tuesday night, I was a bit trepidatious. On the one hand, it was a nice gesture by Major League Baseball to pay homage to Minnesota's most famous local son, Bob Dylan. Still, it was worrying that Menzel -- the famous voice of those Frozen anthems that kids everywhere are singing -- would lack the depth and acuity to pull off the ode to staying young at heart.

But boy was I wrong to be worried. Menzel knocked Dylan's wistful number out of the park.

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Bob Dylan left 149 acetate records sitting in an NYC closet for 40 years

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Alternate versions of music from Bob Dylan's late '60s and early '70s work were discovered in massive find.

For Bob Dylan rarity hunters, this could be one of the biggest scores yet.

A record dealer has just revealed details of a find at a Greenwich Village building in New York City. Inside two boxes marked "Old Records" were 149 acetates -- test pressings created using a recording lathe -- used by Dylan during the creation of Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and New Morning.

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73 things you might not know about Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan has spent well over 50 years in the public spotlight, with his every move, lyric, and career transformation scrutinized by obsessive fans and social scientists alike. The activities of the Bard from the North Country have been pored over endlessly throughout Dylan's legendary career, but the man continues to surprise us, while keeping us all forever young and entertained.

In honor of Dylan's 73rd birthday this Saturday, May 24, we've assembled 73 facts about the man that you may or may not know. But no matter how well-versed you are in his work, there's always more to learn about the man and the myth that is Bob Dylan.

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Listen: Bob Dylan covers Frank Sinatra for upcoming album

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After the massive, epic tangle of 2012's Tempest, Bob Dylan could be in a blue mood for his next studio album. Today, the legendary Minnesota-bred artist unveiled a cover of the 1945 Frank Sinatra hit "Full Moon and Empty Arms" and what could be the cover of his next album.

Above, we see what looks awfully like an album titled Shadows of the Night. Rolling Stone confirmed that "Full Moon" -- penned by Ted Mossmann and Buddy Kaye -- would be on an album released later this year, but the title was not named. Either way, Danny Brown's not likely to get a repeat call to appear in visuals to accompany the song. Stream the track below.

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Bob Dylan's Super Bowl ad: Selling out, or sign of the times?

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The decades-old debate about what constitutes "selling out" in music has grown to become a tired one. The music industry itself has irrevocably changed. Music has become so ubiquitous in advertising, movies, TV, and video games, that drawing any type of line in the taste-making sand over what selling out truly means in this day and age is ultimately a futile and foolish endeavor.

Yet Bob Dylan's appearance in a Chrysler ad during the Super Bowl last night proves that there are still plenty of fans with their pitchforks (and clever hashtags) ready to skewer any musician that they believe has crossed over that illusory line from respectable artist to corporate shill.

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