The United States is full of musical cult destinations: New Jersey for Springsteen, Memphis for Elvis, Seattle for Nirvana, San Francisco for Green Day, LA for just about everyone.
Now an unlikely American city has joined the pantheon of musical shrines, with Tulsa claiming to be a mecca for Bob Dylan fans.
Dylan has no blood ties to the second-largest city in south-central Oklahoma, known primarily for its oil — and a shameful racial history.
Dylan, the Nobel Prize-winning voice of the mid-20th century and beyond, although born in Minnesota in the upper Midwest of the United States, is generally associated with New York, where he cut his poetic teeth in the scene. folk of the 1960s. But a series of purchases led to the creation of the new Bob Dylan Center in a former paper warehouse in Tulsa’s developing arts district.
Although not officially “endorsed” by Dylan – no one knows if the enigmatic octogenarian has visited it yet – according to The Los Angeles TimesDylan likes the idea of Tulsa as the location of the museum, being the “heart” of the United States and having a Native American presence.
The Bob Dylan Center, however, is built around Dylan’s extensive archive, purchased by billionaire Tulsa oilman George Kaiser in 2016, to whom Dylan gifted it after Kaiser purchased the hero archive of Dylan, the folksinger born in Oklahoma Woody Guthrie in 2011 and created a center dedicated to him, also in Tulsa.
The Dylan Museum is home to 100,000 artifacts that are sure to have Dylanologists driving Route 66 in Tulsa paying their respects (there are also three-hour direct flights from Los Angeles).
It includes notebooks, handwritten and typed lyrics, letters, leather jackets, guitars and other musical instruments (including a drum that inspired “Mr Tambourine Man”), interactive screens and lots of music to listen to, including a Dylan-laden jukebox hosted by Elvis Costello.
However, the focus is on the creativity of the peerless songwriter – sections follow the evolution of some of his most famous songs – and in this the museum is intended to be a place of broad inspiration. as much as a singular cult.
See bodylancenter.com and travelok.com