Bob Dylan’s contributions to rock music will live on. He caused teenagers to appreciate poetry again and made people who’d normally ignore politics care. His nasally voice and six minute hits forced music out of it norms and opened the doors for more unconventional artists. Dylan’s view on the world and his ability to educate on others on it through his art led many to believe him to a be a prophet. The ideas Bob Dylan contributed music will continue to thrive for as long as rock music lives.
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"Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man, and make gentle the life of this world." This famous Robert Kennedy quote reminds us of how influential our predecessors were to us in many different facets, including music. Throughout history, we see how dearly important music and the morality of music were for many societies. As early as 400 B.C.E, during the time of philosophers like Socrates and Plato, music (although much different from what it is today) greatly influenced the mores of society. In the earliest times it was deemed inappropriate and unlawful for music to have an inhibitory affect on the mores of society. As history unfolds itself however, we come to see how greatly this changes. In the days of the above Greek philosophers, society had the ultimate say in the influence of moral content in music. However, in the course of time, even up to present day, societies influence decreases as music makers continuously take more liberties in the practice of their art.
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” Over time, music has evolved to become as different as to when we first came to know it. Music has traveled through time as far back as 500 B.C to as current as today of 2014. It was used to soothe the soul, and speak for the unspoken from small social issues to civil rights movements, music was there to express what we felt back then and what we feel now. Artists such as James Brown, Sam Cooke, Pete Seeger, John Lennon, and Bob Dylan made it possible to express their feelings towards different controversial situations presented at the time through song which, I believe, helped society stay strong along the way.
Throughout history music has proven to provide a vital part of society. Every day people are exposed to music. In some cases this music may cause people to form emotions and opinions (Koelsch). Music can be the life of an artist or a motivational tool that helps a person or culture get through the day. Regardless of the political or social scene in the future, music just like other forms of art will continue to evoke society just as it has changed it.
Protest singer, poetic genius, and a song and dance man; Bob Dylan influenced both popular music and popular culture for more than five decades. Although often reduced to a nasally-voiced guitar player who cannot carry a tune, Dylan mesmerized a nation with his musical genius since the early 60s. His artistic talents posed opportunities for creativity in the music industry and proved that a singer does not need a beautiful voice in order to sing. The lyrics make the song. The voice of a generation, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan not only influenced popular culture in the 1960s, but he opened artistic avenues that transcend far beyond popular music, and into our hearts.
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Bob Dylan is one of the most influential artists, especially in the Vietnam era where everything seemed to be falling apart. He wrote so many different rebel ballads that I most definitely think impacted the turnout of the 60s and 70s. Many of his songs are still popular today and so many different generations know of him and his work. Bob Dylan influenced many artists and is still is inspiring people and will continue to for many years to come.
Palmer wrote a response to Deborah King’s article, “The Impact Celebrities Have on Our Lives”. According to Palmer being fascinated by the rich and famous has been happening for ages. The only difference is that individuals are beginning to become obsessed with celebrities. Many of the celebrities that are being worshipped by the people around the world are portrayed as terrible people. A vast majority of people are currently amused by the daily lives of their favorite celebrity; otherwise, ordinary people do not know what else to with their free time. Furthermore, having an obsession towards a favorite celebrity is not necessarily an unhealthy way of living, but instead a way more interesting way for a person to not only gain knowledge about
In the article entitled The Impact Celebrities Have on Our Lives by Deborah King, she explores the ways we follow different types of celebrities, and the images they reflect upon us. To begin with, King points out that in our everyday lives, most people will find themselves catching up on the latest celebrity gossip using magazines, television shows, social media, or various websites. The author also proves how humans of all ages look up to celebrities in hope to see them as ordinary people. In addition, Deborah states that today we can easily access celebrity information through the internet, revealing good and bad celebrities. For some reason, our society pays much more attention to the “bad” celebrities than good ones. Furthermore, she indicates
And though the song was written for Civil Rights and social changes going on in the early 1960s, it has an unquestionably timeless feel to it. This feel is shown in the constantly changing nature of the world and how there is often conflict due to generation gaps, not unlike the LGBT movement we are currently experiencing. A modern example of Dylan's message could be found in the song Same Love by Macklemore. Macklemore states 'America the Brave still fears what we don't know, God loves all his children is somehow forgotten...' and in his chorus about how they cannot change even if they wanted to. Macklemore even mentions how it is the same hate that led to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The struggle Dylan was a part of is one that is deeply grained into the American people, and though the country was founded with flaws, it has always been the general people's role to champion those being discriminated
Bob Dylan’s songs are filled with inspirational messages. The songs were composed with inspiration and creativity being the main elements of the song. The obvious messages that are presented in the songs make them some of the most inspiring and creative pieces that have ever been produced. While he was performing in the Aver Fish Hall, Dylan presented a performance of 22 songs that were performed by 21 different groups. The performance was meant to be a non-profit show, with the main focus being to raise money for educational purposes (Pareles 1).
This leads to my question which is “To what extent was Bob Dylan the ‘political voice of a generation’?” Closely evaluating his role as a social