The Gist: David Kinney on Bob Dylan, and how David Letterman influenced Mike Pesca.

Three of the Best Albums Ever Were Made in 14 Months by the Same Person

Three of the Best Albums Ever Were Made in 14 Months by the Same Person

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 20 2015 10:27 PM

Dylan’s 14-Month Miracle

Fifty years ago, Dylan began creating three of rock’s most influential albums: Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde.

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Dylan on electric.

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In a span of just 14 months, Bob Dylan wrote, recorded, and released three of the greatest albums of all time. Today on The Gist, David Kinney explains how it happened. He’s the author of The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob. For the Spiel, you can’t find a better man than David Letterman.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.