Bob Dylan Is Giving Away 50,000 Copies of His New LP to AARP Readers
Fifty years later, Bob Dylan is still managing to shake up the music industry. Following his interview with ‘AARP the Magazine’ – his first in three years – Dylan is giving away 50,000 copies of his upcoming album, ‘Shadows in the Night,’ to the magazine’s readers. While instant MP3 downloads and streaming services are becoming the industry standard, Dylan ignores all of it, opting instead to send good-old-fashioned CDs by way of mail.
From the sounds of it, the idea was sparked during his interview with ‘AARP the Magazine’’s editor-in-chief Robert Love.
“If it was up to me, I’d give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine,” Dylan said.
Despite the fact Dylan is virtually disregarding current music industry practices, in the interview, he said that the business end of things aren’t his concern.
“The business end of the record — it’s none of my business,” he said. “I sure hope it sells, and I would like people to listen to it. But the way people listen to music has changed, and I hope they get a chance to hear all the songs in one way or another. But! I did record those songs, believe it or not, in that same order that you hear them … there’s no mixing. That’s just the way it sounded. No dials, nothing enhanced, nothing — that’s it.”
‘AARP the Magazine’ goes out to readers ages 50 and up, so those under that benchmark will just have to shell out the well-worth-it cash for ‘Shadows in the Night’ when it arrives on Feb. 3.
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