An Introduction to Bob Dylan.

Born on May 24th, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

Bob Dylan has not only been a large influence on music, he’s also influenced pop culture and a few modern poets. He was a voice of a generation in the 60s, which were times of war, trouble and confusion. It was him and a few other artists such as Joan Baez who brought up these political issues in their songs and this is how they became the voice of those in the 60s. Standing up for what was right. Bob Dylan has always been an activist on such things, he’s so down to earth and giving.

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A legend is born: Bob’s debut album in 1962

I remember in English class last year we were analyzing Bob Dylan’s song “Blowin’ in the Wind” and before that class I didn’t quite know much about Bob Dylan, in fact I thought “Why do people make such a big deal about this guy? His songs aren’t that interesting.”. Ever since I heard and analyzed that song I was awed by the ravishing poetry in his song and also the actual deep meaning of it. He just got down to the point but still keeping it really classy and hearty.“How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?” We even saw a video of him performing it live in a talk show and when I actually saw him performing it I thought “Oh, what a simple man”. I think this is a fantastic quality, just looking simple when you’re this really important musician that everybody rambles about. It’s one way to keep your feet on the ground when you get all that revolutionary fame that people gave Bob.

Bob Dylan was the founder of folk rock, without him folk music would have just stayed the same plain old, and have nothing interesting about it (except when you’re in the mood for it). Actually, a lot of his songs have gone down to history and throughout my life I’ve been hearing covers of them by recent artists but never actually noticed it was his songs. If anything, Bob Dylan surely is the Jesus of modern music! Besides, all of us at some certain points in our lives (this applies to those that truly love music) go through that Bob Dylan phase where we just listen to his songs and admire his flawless poetry and eventually it influences us in one way or another. I could almost cry when reading his poetry. So inspiring.

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Standing up for what’s right: Joan Baez and Bob Dylan during a civil rights march in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

Here are the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s song “Blowin’ in the Wind” in case you’re interested in reading it.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Yes, how many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Yes, how many times must a man look up
Before he can really see the sky?
Yes, how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

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