Parallel Play: Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks'

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The author A.J. Jacobs is known for setting self-improvement goals and sticking to them, no matter how radical they might be. Back in June, Jacobs set out to fill in a gap in his music knowledge -- and listen to (a lot of) Bob Dylan this summer. On July 24, we aimed to school him in a critical chapter of Dylan's discography, as part of a Soundcheck Workshop experiment called "Parallel Play."

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After an informal, unscientific poll of Soundcheck listeners, we determined that Dylan's 1975 album "Blood on the Tracks" would be the perfect album to kick-start our experiment. 

At precisely 8:30 ET on July 24, we asked YOU to play Bob Dylan's landmark album "Blood on the Tracks" on a personal music device of your choice: iPod, CD player, turntable, old tape deck in your classic 1986 Ford Escort ... you get the idea. Here's the conversation that resulted: