August 1, 2021

Bob Dylan Center, the archives of the king of folk have found their case!


In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a museum dedicated to the legend of American music will open in 2022 to allow the public to discover more than 100,000 “treasures” from the Bob Dylan archives.

In 2016, the foundation of the American billionaire George Kaiser offers the collection The Bob Dylan Archive: 6,000 objects that belonged to the author of Like a Rolling Stone. These unpublished archives serve as a starting point for the creation of the Bob Dylan Center, which the George Kaiser Family Foundation has just announced to open in May 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Bob Dylan Center will bring together more than 100,000 ” exclusive cultural treasures ».

In particular manuscripts of some of Bob Dylan’s most famous songs, recordings never broadcast, unpublished videos and photos… The Bob Dylan Center cites examples of a recording of Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right dated 1962, different from the final 1963 version, and a photo of Barry Feinstein during Dylan’s tour in 1974.

The Bob Dylan Center will bring together 100,000 objects, photos and videos.

The Bob Dylan Center will bring together 100,000 objects, photos and videos. Ryan Botts Olson Kundig

Everything is staged in a setting at the height of the legend of folk who celebrated his 80e birthday last May. Thus, the Bob Dylan Center will be located in the heart of a 3-storey building designed by the architects of Olson Kundig. An industrial building, with straight lines (this is the specialty of the firm) which features a portrait of Bob Dylan on the facade.

A prestigious neighbor

In the scenography, there are 59 Productions, to which we owe, among others, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012 and the exhibition David Bowie Is in 2013. Beautiful people who promise us ” an immersive cinematic experience and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Like a Rolling Stone, Tangled Up in Blue and Chimes of Freedom », As well as the reconstruction of a recording studio and a multimedia timeline of Dylan’s life.

The scenography was entrusted to 59 Productions.

The scenography was entrusted to 59 Productions. Ryan Botts Olson Kundig

In Tulsa, the city of George Kaiser, in the Art District, the Bob Dylan Center will be next to another temple to the glory of a music star: the Woody Guthrie Center. The latter is devoted to Woody Guthrie, one of the main sources of inspiration for Bob Dylan who, in 1962, dedicated his title to him. Song for Woody. A nice story !