Bob Dylan

The contribution of Bob Dylan in the industry of pop music is difficult to overestimate. As a poet, he led several trends in music and was the author of both religious compositions and intricate, similar to the stream of consciousness stories. As a vocalist, he has proven that in order to achieve success and respect, it is not necessarily to have a good voice. As a musician, he became the founder of genres like country rock and electrified folk-rock. However, the main merit of Bob Dylan is that he contributed to a turning point in the twentieth century, which was marked by the renunciation of folk art and the transition to a personal songwriting.

Bob Dylan is the originator of the birth of almost fifty albums. After 40-year way from soldier to the Marshal of show business, Bob Dylan even today remains surprisingly active and influential artists, such the indispensable character on the music scene, as it was in the 60s. The changes that he brought to the music have long been the subject of numerous essays, articles, books, documentaries and researches.

Bob Dylan made an invaluable contribution to the industry of pop music. It is difficult to find a modern musician or human who would not experience the charm of his work. However, before becoming a popular global magnitude, Dylan had to work hard.

His main message to people in life is that “music should be such as to get stuck in your head like a toothache”, which shows his passion to favorite lifework.

The first song to be discussed shall be Blowing In The Wind”. In May 1963, Columbia Records issued “Blowing in the Wind” single from the album “The Freewheeling’ Bob Dylan”. Later it sang many well-known artists, including Sam Cooke, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Duke Ellington, Neil Young, Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley and others.

Despite the philosophical aspect of “Blowing in the Wind” and the lack of direct appeals in the text, it became a real anthem of the civil rights. Moreover, today it continues to be sung in anti-war demonstrations, protests against violations of freedom of people of color and other similar events. It is also often performed in churches of different denominations. In 1999, “Blowing in the Wind” was awarded the “Grammy”. Such magazine as “Rolling Stone” put the song at the fourteenth place in the ranking of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Bob Dylan tells nothing special concerning this song, besides such words as the following “the answer is blowing in the wind”. The words do not relate to films, books, shows or groups, it relates to the wind, and it is in the blowing. Too many of those who know Bob a lot asked him where the answer was, but he has not believed them.

The next song to be described is “The Times They Are Changing ‘” came out in early 1964, before Dylan went for a journey. The song instantly was a real hit, and the latter at the time the album “The Freewheeling Bob Dylan” soared to the top of the charts of United Kingdom. For the first time after several years, the first place was taken to this song, not to any belonging to The Beatles, no Rolling Stones.

It is interested that on the 10 December of 2010 a piece of draft of the text of the song “The Times They Are Changing” was sold at auction in New York for 422,500 dollars to Adam Sander, who is well-known collector of contemporary art.


This song became a sort of anthem of the youth failed 1960s. Some lines of the song are almost unchanged slogans of the movement for human rights in the US during the mid-twentieth century. Many critics believe that this song Bob Dylan was able to express the feelings of a whole generation of young people who later became known as “hippies”.

“Mr. Tambourine Man”. This famous song written by Bob Dylan is not accidentally listed twice as the greatest song of all time according to the magazine “Rolling Stone”. “Mr. Tambourine Man” was the first very popular folk-rock song, so it can be argued that it played a key role in the development of the genre. In addition, it is remembered as the first hit of the group The Byrds. Yet it is interesting because it gave rise to numerous debates about the meaning of the text.

It is difficult to understand the text of this song, which is full of strange imagery and incomprehensible phrases, and this fact led many people to think that “Mr. Tambourine Man” is devoted to drugs, and the person with a tambourine is a trader of prohibited goods. Given that, Dylan at that time actively tried marijuana, so this version seems quite plausible. However, the content of the song is more like hallucinations that occur under the influence of LSD, but with “acid”, Bob at that time allegedly had not yet met. Of course, he denied this version.

“Hurricane”. The history of this song is quite impressive. The former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter could have become world champion, but he has spent nearly two decades in prison for a triple murder, which he was not likely to commit. Sitting in prison, Carter wrote an autobiography and sent a copy for Bob Dylan. Musician was struck by the tragic fate of the former boxer, and he came to visit him. Naturally, the singer decided to support the prisoner, dedicating him a song.

Even in a gentle version of the lyrics, critics find too many inaccuracies, so it can be considered objective. From the first meeting with Carter Bob Dylan I realized that their philosophies are on the same road, and such people do not come across too often.

“All Along The Watchtower”. Despite the fact that “All Along The Watchtower” was performed by many artists, most known its cover version was recorded by Jimi Hendrix. Moreover, Dylan during his concerts preferred to perform this song in Hendrix’s style. «All Along The Watchtower» can be heard at no less than 10 different films and serials. In addition, it is believed that the composition is riddled with biblical motifs. Supporting examples include the following: Joker is Jesus Christ; Thief is one of the thieves crucified with him; “there’s too much confusion” is the separation of Christian churches in the denominations and others.

“Knocking On Heaven’s Door”. In 1973, Dylan made his film debut, playing in the film “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid”. The legendary musician also composed the soundtrack for the film, released separately as a self-titled album.

In the film, the song “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” plays in the episode, when the Sheriff Colin Baker dies of gunshot wounds. Text if performed on his behalf. It is not hard to guess that the name of the song means staying on the verge of death. In addition, the song entered the golden fund of rock music, and later performed by many artists, including Bob Marley, Roger Waters, groups U2 and Guns N ‘Roses.

Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right”. It is considered that this song could simultaneously break and then heal the heart. Although this effect is seen higher among English-speaking souls but nobody can miss the melody of this song.

The duality of many things shall be better just not taken into account if anyway it is clear what choice you will make. Bob Dylan clearly prioritizes in the song, as well as in his life and shows the example that one should do all things in life without half measures. If you love, just do it fully, we live once. In addition, here you can easily catch the light mockery of choice as such. How stupid sometimes an abiding man looks in thoughts of the issue, which he has long known the answer for, and has even acted accordingly.

“Masters of War”

A very interesting story relates to this famous song. Its original text was written by Bob Dylan on the music of the English folk song “Nottamun Town”. “Masters of Wars” is an excellent choice to start with a real pacifist, anti-war song. Piercing text that simply and clearly brings Dylan’s “Damn you, masters of war… I just want you to know – I can see you through your masks!”

“Subterranean Homesick Blues”. One of the most popular “electric” Dylan songs. In the video for the song “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Bob Dylan sorts sheets, on which some phrases from the song were written, and the poet – hipster Allen Ginsberg stands in the background, with whom Bob was very friendly at the time. Moreover, there are two versions of the video.

“If You See Her, Say Hello” is a song that, according to my own opinion should be included in this list. It is about a seemingly hackneyed theme of unrequited love. What new can be said about this? Yes, the situation is old as the world, but the images, which Bob Dylan uses in the song make one experience a thrill and sincere feelings of the situation; it becomes clear that this remarkable man has experienced the story on his own skin. “She might think that I’ve forgotten her, do not tell her it is not so.” …

The creative work of famous singer Bob Dylan is as unique as broad. The power of his words affect people’s views and even destinies. Many people have found them inspiring and supporting. Bob Dylan is a man, who has changed the world of music.


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