THE QUESTION

Like a Rollin' Stone?


Sure, Bob Dylan is "the age's iconic singer-songwriter and rock's poet laureate.'' All the same, the Wall Street Journal suggests, he should hang up his hat. The Journal caught Dylan, 69, at a bare ballroom in an Atlantic City casino, his voice a "laryngitic croak'' as people walked out to play the slots. Are there age limits on success? Do you go out at the top of your talents, or do you soldier on, doing what you love?

Posted by Success Editors on December 20, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Repackage your act

As, say, an older football player or dancer, you stay in the field as a revered virtuoso as you gradually fade into the sunset. You pass on but leave a legacy that influences future generations.

Posted by Virginia Bianco-Mathis, on December 21, 2010 10:09 PM

Chasing the dream

Who are we to tell Mr. Dylan it's time to stop singing?

Posted by Nicola Goren, on December 20, 2010 12:00 AM

The grace of age

I think that people who grow old gracefully share two traits: They can see possibilities as they progress through life. And they can recalibrate their skills and interests with the needs of the world around them.

Posted by Jennifer Tucker, on December 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Age is what you make it

There are some people at peak talent in their 70s and beyond.

Posted by Jan Scruggs, on December 20, 2010 12:00 AM

The real deal

Dylan is showing us what it means to grow old, and his constant reworking of classics to our dismay is irrelevant. Instead he continues to stir the pot, to see what new forms emerge.

Posted by Seth Kahan, on December 20, 2010 12:00 AM

His real fans understand

Dylan's current act is no longer at the forefront of any social movement and his voice is croaking. Neither of these things will discourage his true fans.

Posted by Cleve Francis, on December 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Age irrelevance

Those who are curious, creative, flexible and broad-minded often appear to be much younger than their actual ages, while negative people seem much older. Geezerdom is a state of mind, not an age!

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on December 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Not Dark Yet

Dylan is about to turn 70 years old, and he continues to push himself artistically and professionally -- to find both new ideas and musical expressions.

Posted by Hile Rutledge, on December 20, 2010 12:00 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

icyone: Dylan is a composer, a creator. I never did care much for his talents as a performer, but IMHO that is a separate issue. I think that whe...

therapidone: Attended Dylan concert 2 years ago; one of the best of his I've ever attended. However, his voice has degraded significantly in the interve...

cussiep: Dylan is a prophet, my personal prophet - and I am a church-going believer. THREE WORDS - BODY OF WORK!! With the Bible and Shakespeare, Dy...

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