Show Business: Hellhound on the Loose

Bob Dylan releases a historic five-record album

The margin. Bob Dylan kept pushing it back, bending it around, like some rock-struck jet pilot always testing himself, testing his craft, punching the outside of the envelope. Dylan took rock 'n' roll way up high where the air is thin and the head gets giddy. Rock has never come back. Bob Dylan has never come down.

He is 44 now, and he has been wandering, rankling, challenging and extending the musical margin for more than two decades. Don't think twice, anyone: it is 22 years since Blowin' in the Wind appeared on his second album, and a flat 20 since...

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