Documentary on Singer Bob Dylan Premieres on Southeast Public Radio

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 2, 2008 — Southeast Public Radio, 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington, Mo., announces plans to air “Dylan.”

Patti Smith will host four hours of music and conversation about Bob Dylan. His friends, early influences and collaborators will discuss their close relationships with Dylan and the stories behind his greatest songs and other memorable moments of his career.

Each episode will focus on a distinct period of his life, and they are sequenced in chronological order. “Dylan” will begin airing Sunday, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. following NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday.”

Journalists and biographers will add critical insights and provide historical contexts. Exclusive comments from current singer-songwriters will detail how Dylan’s art influenced their own lives and careers. We also will hear Bob Dylan, himself, in rarely heard interview clips.

Blowin’ in the WindAirs Jan. 6 at 9 a.m.Dylan moved to New York City in 1961, and within two years he was being lauded as the “voice of a generation.” The young troubadour wasn’t so interested in being that, but Dylan’s meteoric rise to fame was no fluke. In his songs, Dylan captured the social consciousness of the time and took it beyond as he rejected the role of protest singer. In this hour, we’ll hear about Dylan’s early years as he moved from folk singer-songwriter to rock and roll star.

Like a Rolling StoneAirs Jan. 13 at 9 a.m.With the mantle of folk protest singer off his shoulders, Dylan launched into a flurry of creativity in the mid-1960’s. His sound exploded with electric instruments and a blend of folk, rock, blues and gospel influences. By the late 60s, Dylan was singing country music like he had grown up in Nashville. His lyrics still commented on the world, but through a wider lens that mixed personal reflection with mystical and surreal images. In this hour, we’ll hear how Dylan found his own unique voice and how that changed rock and roll for a long time to come.   Shelter from the StormAirs Jan.  20 at 9 a.m.In the 1970s and 1980s, Dylan continued to expand his artistic world. His songs ran the gamut, from very personal stories to Homeric epics and everything in-between. By the late 1970s, Dylan became a born-again Christian, and for several years he sang only religious material. By the late 1980s, Dylan had supported Live Aid, Farm Aid, and joined the Traveling Wilburys. In this hour, we’ll hear highlights from this period of dizzying artistic and personal growth.   Oh MercyAirs Jan. 27 at 9 a.m.Dylan has always been a unique American voice, and that’s most evident in the music he has made since the late 1980s. Returning to his roots in folk and blues, Dylan has fine-tuned American music with the mind of a poet and the bravado of a rock and roller. In this hour, we’ll hear the maturity and grace of Dylan’s most recent artistic ideas.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, Southeast Public Radio strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at www.southeastpublicradio.org.