If you’re a member of AARP, that’s now a bragging right—especially if you’re a fan of Bob Dylan. The elusive songwriter gave his first interview in almost three years to the American Association of Retired Persons and he’s also treating 50,000 of their members to his new album for gratis.
As for which members will be lucky enough to receive it? A publicist for the magazine has confirmed to Wondering Sound that the selection process will be completely random. “If it was up to me, I’d give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine,” Dylan told the magazine.
In his interview, Dylan added context to Shadows in the Night, his album of American standards previously recorded by Frank Sinatra, saying he was inspired to do it decades ago after hearing Willie Nelson‘s 1978 Stardust, a collection of tracks from the Great American Songbook.
Don’t compare Dylan to Sinatra though—that’s a honor too high even for the songwriter who’s become a legend in his own right over the past half a century. “Comparing me with Frank Sinatra? You must be joking,” Dylan said. “To be mentioned in the same breath as him must be some sort of high compliment. As far as touching him goes, nobody touches him. Not me or anyone else.”