1960's American Influence

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The 1960’s were a very tumultuous time. Every aspect of society and culture was progressing rapidly, and the world was faced with difficult trials. Major events, such as Kennedy’s assassination, exposed evil in the world and ultimately diminished the concept of American innocence. It was also a time of great leadership. Martin Luther King Jr. brought The Civil Rights movement, which displayed courage and determination of Americans, black and white, to grant equality to colored persons in America. It was the last decade of substantial development in the U.S. Throughout this chaotic era, music was a vital element for expressing one’s voice towards these changing times. Artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, and The Beatles sang songs …show more content…
It was no longer about the meaning of the song. It was completely about the energetic melodies and vivid imagery emitting from his mind. This had a massive impact on major figures during this time. The British rock band, The Beatles were heavily impacted by Dylan’s sudden musical change. The Beatles’ mainly produced pop hits for teens and were inspired to experiment with their creative abilities. Bob’s Freewheelin’ album made a huge impression on them. “For three weeks in Paris, we didn't stop playing it," Lennon stated. “We all went potty about Dylan.” It was his distinctive lyrics that captivated the band. As result, the band released more experimental types of songs such as “Norwegian Wood” and “Dig A Pony.” Guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix, absolutely adored Dylan. He is pictured multiple times holding a copy of one of Dylan’s records. Jimi’s surrealistic lyrics very much reflected Bob’s, and had an almost identical style. He even went as far as to record one of Dylan’s songs. On Jimi’s Electric Ladyland album, Dylan’s song “All Along The Watchtower” is performed by Jimi. The song is embellished with Hendrix’s psychedelic guitar playing and effects and became his number one selling single. “I liked Jimi Hendrix’s record of this and ever since he died I’ve been doing it that way… Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.” Dylan comments. One of Hendrix’s famous covers was in 1968 when he performed “Like A Rolling Stone.” Aside from musical icons taking notice of Dylan, hundreds of other mainstream musicians covered his music. “It had seemed that my songs were becoming hits for other people. The Byrds had a hit with ‘Mr. Tambourine Man, uh, some group named The Turtles had a hit. Even Sonny and Cher had a

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