Louder: Inside the $10 Million Bob Dylan Center

Plus: Bad Bunny, Jack Harlow, Florence + the Machine
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By Caryn Ganz

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In 2016, Ben Sisario reported on Bob Dylan’s $20 million secret archives — now selections of that material will open up to the public at the $10 million Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Okla. Ben flew out for a first look at the space, which provides some thrills, including the chance to watch song lyrics evolve from version to version. (Since Dylan has demonstrated little interest in revealing his secrets, the materials here offer a rare look into his world.) The center doesn’t exist in a vacuum, though: It has a broader focus on creativity, and in the years since it was planned, awareness has spread about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. How will the center accomplish its own goals, appeal to both Dylan novices and experts and play into the city’s larger reckonings?

Also this week! Isabelia Herrera tracked down Bad Bunny, who said of his semi-surprise LP “Un Verano Sin Ti” (“A Summer Without You”), “The album is very Caribbean, in every sense: with its reggaeton, its mambo, with all those rhythms, and I like it that way.” As for people outside of Latino culture attempting the same, he’s taken notice: “But remember that it’s from here, and that we know how to do it like it’s supposed to be done.”

Jack Harlow opened up to Jon Caramanica about his place as a white star in hip-hop and how having a large Black female audience “has heightened my awareness of my responsibility to protect them, and just being thoughtful for the position they might be in versus white women.”

Phoebe Reilly also spoke with Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine (about horror movies and smelling things), Lindsay Zoladz reviewed the new Arcade Fire album, Black Star returned with its first new LP in 24 years, Dolly Parton got voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (despite her recent plea to leave her out of it) and we published fascinating obituaries for Régine, Judy Henske and Naomi Judd.

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