Former Rolling Stone Managing Editor Robert Love interviewed Bob Dylan for AARP (where Love now serves as Editor In Chief) about Dylan’s forthcoming record, Shadows In The Night. It’s Dylan’s first interview in three years. This doesn’t really seem like such a big deal, but as Love points out, “For a man who has lived in the public eye for more than 50 years, Bob Dylan is fiercely private. When he’s not on stage — since 1988, he’s maintained a performance schedule so relentless it’s known as the Never Ending Tour — he slips back into anonymity.” Coincidentally, AARP featured Adam Duritz of Counting Crows on a fake honorary cover last year — giving an unusual new spin to the old line, “I want to be Bob Dylan.” In the Q&A, Dylan mentions his adoration for Frank Sinatra and other idols that he continues to look up to at the age of 73. If you’re a fan, it’s an interview worth reading. Check it out at AARP.
Shadows In The Night is out 2/3 via Columbia Records.
UPDATE: Not only did Dylan give AARP the exclusive interview, he’s also giving away 50,000 free copies of his new album to subscribers of the magazine. Ad Week reports that 50,000 random subscribers will receive Shadows Of The Night on CD when their magazine arrives in the mail. “Bob decided he wanted to talk to older Americans, and he came to the only place where we deliver 35.2 million of them,” Love told Ad Week’s Fishbowl NY blog. Relatedly, remember when Prince released an album via newspaper?