On Feb. 3 Bob Dylan will release Shadows in the Night, a collection of covers of pop standards from Frank Sinatra’s repertoire. If that sounds to you like something that only people over the age of 50 will be interested in, you and Dylan are on the same page: He’s broken his latest bout of media silence by giving his first interview in three years to AARP The Magazine, where he tells former Rolling Stone writer Robert Love, “a lot of those readers are going to like this record. If it was up to me, I’d give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine.”
And he’s following through with that sentiment—at least partway. He and Columbia Records will be mailing out physical copies of Shadows to 50,000 randomly selected AARP members—physical copies, sent through snail mail, with few to no issues that will require recipients to call up their children or grandchildren for tech support. There’s no word whether or not the packages will include lists of talking points about why music isn’t as good today as it used to be, back in the ’60s, when things really mattered.