Dylan's albums, singles, songs written and concerts over six decades. What's next? (graph made with mind map software). Note that the present decade is low because it covers up till now only 2010 and 2011.

How to read the graph? Numbers on the x-axis refer to a full decade. So ’90 refers to the period 1990-1999. On the line ‘number of concerts’ the corresponding number on the y-axis is 1115. The last present decade has just begun, so lines drop here (the corresponding number of concerts e.g. is until now 189 for the 10s.)

Conclusions?

- peak in songs in the sixties
- peak in albums and singles in the seventies
- peak in concerts in the nineties
- peak in compilation albums in the 2000s

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Tony Kenwright is right though. The graph doesn’t reflect the current decade accurately. The current decade’s totals should be multiplied by 5 in each case to make them compatible with the previous full decades. Either that or omit the current decade.

Hi Pete, is’nt that very strange? Suppose Dylan stops touring in let us say 2014. Then the graph shows a complety wrong number (945). I will update the graph monthly, so the line will reflect the correct numbers in due time.

So why does every line dip in the 2000s including number of concerts. That has stayed constant.

Take e.g. the nineties. The number of concerts is 1115 (taken from boblinks). In the first decade of this century it was 1070. The present decade has only statistics from 2010 and 2011. Logically the graph drops here. So the number on the x-axis like ’90 you have to read as the period from 1990-1999 the corresponding number in the graph is 1115. Th number in the 2000’s drops from 1115 to 1070.

I got it wrong but ‘There are no mistakes in life some people say’

Interesting thought, I would say that Dylan’s religious period will also show a peak.

I’d like to see a graph of songwriting, by year. Though it’s pretty easy to know that 62, 65, 67 would be the peaks.