On this edition of American Masters, we’ll be talking about Bob Dylan’s contributions to the music industry in the span of 5 decades. Read more after the break.
Robert Allen Zimmerman came into popularity in the 1960’s. He dropped out of college and went to New York City in the hopes of being successful as a musician there. He played in various clubs around the city and also listened to different folk singers who became his musical inspirations. In 1962, he legally changed his name to Bob Dylan. His first album consisting of folk and blues music was also released that same year.
Two of Bob Dylan’s most popular songs (Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin), came out in the 1960’s at a time when there was social unrest. These powerful songs moved the people and instantly became anti-war anthems. Dylan is said to have a writing style that infuses poetry and literature. He adds the lyrics to an equally strong melody to come up with the songs. To this day, other musicians cite Bob Dylan as their musical inspiration.
Bob Dylan’s life is chronicled in a documentary entitled No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, a Martin Scorsese film. The film shows his life from 1961-1966 and also includes scenes and performances that were never shown to the public before.
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