Bob Dylan Could Have Been a Teacher

Bob Dylan, 1969
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Bob Dylan gives a press conference at his hotel during the Isle of Wight Festival on August 27 1969.

Bob Dylan says if he weren't a musician, he would be a teacher.

The 73-year-old is on the cover of AARP magazine's February/March issue. He says in an interview that "if I had to do it all over again, I'd be a schoolteacher." He adds that he "probably" would have taught Roman history or theology.

Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' at 40: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

Dylan will release "Shadows In the Night" on Feb. 3. The album features songs from the 1920s to the 1960s, including standards like "Autumn Leaves," "That Lucky Old Sun" and "Stay With Me."

The songs also were recorded by Frank Sinatra. Dylan says he thinks Sinatra would "be amazed I did these songs with a five-piece band."

Jimmy Carter to Present Bob Dylan With MusiCares Honor

Dylan is giving 50,000 readers of the magazine a free copy of his album.

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter will present Dylan with the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year honor next month in Los Angeles. Dylan's accolade was announced last September. At the time, Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, said the legendary artist's "body of creative work has contributed to America's culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways."