Bob Dylan joins BBC Radio 2
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Bob Dylan joins BBC Radio 2

Bob Dylan's American radio show will be heard in the UK for the first time as BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music get ready to re-broadcast the music legend's critically acclaimed XM Satellite Radio show.

Bob Dylan started his radio broadcasting career in May 2006 with a weekly radio show on XM Satellite Radio in the US.

Both Radio 2 and 6 Music will broadcast the programmes throughout 2007.

Radio 2 will offer a sneak preview, broadcasting six of the shows over the Christmas period starting on Saturday 23 December running through to Thursday 28 December 2006. 6 Music will broadcast the shows starting on 31 December 2006 at 9pm and then every Friday night from the 12 January 2007 at 9pm.

"A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I've ever been on the other side of the mic," said Dylan of his shows.

Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan features an eclectic mix of music hand-selected by Dylan. The radio shows also includes interviews and commentary on music and other topics.

Lesley Douglas, Controller Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: "Bob Dylan is a legendary figure and I'm sure these shows will be of great interest to our audience. It'll be fascinating to hear who his favourite artists are and who has influenced him throughout his career."

Themes for the show include weather with a track list that includes A Place In The Sun sung in Italian by Stevie Wonder, The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix and Keep On The Sunny Side by The Carter Family.

Song list themes for other shows include cars, dance, police, and whiskey.

Bob Dylan is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold nearly 100 million albums and performed thousands of shows around the world in a career spanning five decades.

His newest album, Modern Times, has already sold more than two million copies, reaching the number one slot in 13 countries. Both Uncut and Mojo magazines recently named Bob Dylan "Man Of The Year".

He wrote and recorded Things Have Changed for the 2000 film Wonder Boys, for which he received both the Academy Award and Golden Globe.

The first volume of his memoirs, Chronicles, was one of the most acclaimed and best-selling non-fiction works of 2004, and last year's No Direction Home film, directed by Martin Scorsese, captivated audiences worldwide as it documented Dylan's early career and rise to fame. The film won a Peabody Award in 2006.

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