The 10 Best Quotes From Bob Dylan's MusiCares Grammys Speech

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Bob Dylan is a man of few words -- unless you get him going. Most of his concert performances feature little to no banter between songs, and he'll let one blessed journalist talk to him every time he puts out an album.

Over the weekend, Dylan received the MusiCares Person of the Year award, and decided to open a brief window into his creative psyche. He explained his songwriting methods in a way that anyone could understand, and called out plenty of the people he admires -- Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash. But there was also the opportunity to settle some old scores, and the old cowboy didn't flinch when it came time to cut into his opponents. Here are our 10 favorite moments in his acceptance speech.

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Norm Macdonald Just Told an Epic Bob Dylan Story

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Can you picture Bob Dylan sitting down to a lengthy discussion with Norm Macdonald?

Comedian and Saturday Night Live vet Norm Macdonald is known for being a captivating storyteller, a fearless innovator, and hilarious. This week, all three combined on Macdonald's Twitter account.

On Monday night, he pieced together a story about his two days hanging out with music icon Bob Dylan, and then proceeded to promptly delete it. Fans of the comedian and the celebrated songwriter were frantic. They shared what they could remember of the story -- some even trying to stitch it back together like Frankenstein's monster.

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The Time Bill Murray Surprised Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium

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Inside Bob Dylan's Frank Sinatra Covers Album, Shadows in the Night

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Bob Dylan goes blue.
Bob Dylan's 36th studio album is completely immersed in Frank Sinatra lore. The Jack Frost-produced Shadows in the Night, which will be released on February 3, 2015, takes a trip into the catalog of songs popularized by Ol' Blue Eyes dating from Dylan's childhood and young adulthood.

His version of Sinatra's "Full Moon and Empty Arms" arrived in May, and other songs from the collection have started mixing into the legendary rock songwriter's live sets. Several of the tracks are from Sinatra's 1957 album, Where Are You?, and have been big hits for other artists. Here's a quick look at the tracklisting of Dylan's first album since 2012's Tempest.

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

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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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Midway Stadium's Rock 'n' Roll History: 1993-2014

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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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73 things you might not know about Bob Dylan


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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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73 things you might not know about Bob Dylan

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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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73 things you might not know about Bob Dylan


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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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