Bob Dylan Influence

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Bob Dylan, the American folk singer has recently received the Nobel peace prize in literature, the second to receive this honor for songwriting. The Nobel peace prize is one of five Nobel prizes created by a Swedish inventor, Alfred Nobel. This award was given to Bob Dylan for having created new poetic expressions within the “great American song tradition.” Dylan was not only a musician, publishing six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, he has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best selling artists of all time. Professor Wilentz states,“ This is an artist whose working process has been as private as his personal life.”(Sisario). He tended …show more content…
The song that I chose and stood out to me was “ The Times They are a Changin.” “ Come gather round people, wherever you roam” ( Dylan 1-2) Dylan wants the song to express bringing different people together. He talks about different positions in jobs and cultures. This song was written in 1964 during the Vietnam war, having a major influence towards his lyric choice. “His lyrics being the first in rock to be seriously regarded as literature, became so well known that politicians from Jimmy Carter to Vaclav Havel have cited them as an influence.” (Simon & Schuster). “ The Times They are a Changin” was a mix of protest songs and more personal lyrics. “ Inspired by Scottish and Irish folk ballads and released less than two months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, "The Times They Are A-Changin'" became an immediate Sixties anthem and was covered by artists ranging from the Byrds to Cher to Eddie Vedder.” ( Grow). Many of the well known artists used Dylan's themes and ideas while writing their songs. They took in account that Dylan had became one of the most popular singer/songwriters of that time. Each of his song lyrics had a different representation of the world revolving around him. He put his feelings, emotions and power into his words and sang them to the rest of the world. This was a way of getting people's attention and getting them locked into the current events happening around them throughout the

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