Bob Dylan's Impact on Popular Music

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Bob Dylan is a man that needs no introduction, He was a poet with a guitar who brought poetic interest back to the younger generations. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24th 1941, no one saw him coming. Dylan started his music career upon dropping out of college and moving to New York, After reading his musical icon, Woody Guthrie's partially fictionalized autobiography, “Bound for Glory”, where he changed his name and began performing in Greenwich emulating his idol. He was given a 5 year contract by Columbia Records in 1961 and Bob Dylan released his first album in 1962 which consisted of mostly cover songs and only two original works. This was just the beginning of the rolling stone that is Bob Dylan, and how he forever changed and left such an influential impact on popular music.

Bob Dylan's second album, released in 1963, shone as the metaphorical light on the path, presented as one of the most original and poetic works of art in American music history, which included two of the most memorable folk song, “Blowin' in the Wind” and “A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall”. This is the beginning of using music as a means of Mass Communication. “Blowin' in the Wind” asks rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. And as of 2004's, Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of all Time, it was ranked number 14. With an opening line of “How many roads must a man walk down?” asking the ultimate question, that in its self is widely interpretable. Speaking to such an audience symbolically, presenting such a simple device. He covers an infinite range of topics not just peace, war and freedom, but a variety of basic rules of life. Work, marriage and to the younger generations, sex, drugs and even the standard model of going to school to go to u...

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