We’ve all had a giggle asking Siri, Apple’s automated AI on your iPhone, some silly questions. But if you were to ask the robotic helper how old Bob Dylan is you would be told that he died 11 years ago.
The glitch which was discovered by Vice and informs those who ask that the iconic songwriter died on April 24th 2008. Probably much to Bob Dylan’s consternation, as he’s very much alive.
The result is a very confusing affair as it also pulls up some current, present tense, information saying: “Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter”. We’d say we imagine Bob would find it funny but we can’t reconcile the idea that Dylan has an iPhone.
The revelation comes on the same day that Dylan announced a recently unearthed collection of sessions from his time with Johnny Cash would soon be released.
The record, which took place in Nashville back in 1967, will finally be released to the public as part of Bob Dylan’s 15th instalment of his popular Bootleg Series. “The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series revisits Dylan’s pivotal musical journeys to Nashville, from 1967 to 1969, focusing on previously unavailable recordings made with Johnny Cash and unreleased tracks from the John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, and Self Portrait sessions,” Bob Dylan’s official website confirmed.
The release, which will be available in 3CD and 3LP physical configurations and digital equivalent, sees Dylan recording alternate versions of compositions written for John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline while introducing a new song ‘Western Road’.
In his liner notes for Travelin’ Thru, Colin Escott writes\: “Talking to journalist Matt Damsker about the sound of John Wesley Harding, Dylan said, ‘I didn’t know how to record the way other people were recording, and I didn’t want to… I just didn’t think all that production was necessary.’ He also went for lyrical economy. ‘What I’m trying to do now is not use too many words,’ he said. ‘There’s no line you can stick your finger through. There’s no blank filler.’”