When the Ship Comes in by Bob Dylan

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Attention grabber. Bob Dylan’s influential folk-rock music was a factor that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement and public views on civil rights. Dylan was a singer-songwriter born in 1941 who had his career take off at the height of the Civil Rights Movement (Infohio). Protest music and other forms of demonstration art were prominent during this time period, with Bob Dylan and other artists such as Sam Cooke, Pete Seeger, and John Coltrane, leading the way. Bob Dylan’s music was influential during the Civil Rights Movement, popular during the time period, and performed at many civil rights rallies.
One might wonder where all his drive behind civil rights came from. The answer is actually his girlfriend at the time, Suze Rotolo. At the start of his musical career, Bob originally was indifferent about the Movement. She was practically born into the movement, being the daughter of union and protest organizers, and a volunteer for the Congress of Racial Equality. She encouraged him to perform at a benefit in 1962, where he performed his first ever “protest song”, “The Death of Emmitt Till.” His second album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, was when he started to plunge into his political song writing and further work with the civil rights movement. (Corbett)
One of his biggest hits that really kick started his career, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, was also one of his most prevalent protest songs. In this song, Dylan says:
How many roads must a man walk down/Before you call him a man?
Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail/Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly/Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind/The answer is blowin’ in the wind
How many years can a ...

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...he sure didn’t come from money. Bob Dylan will forever be known as the man who was not only talented, but had true meaning to his songs and could enthuse and inspire a nation.

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Dylan, Bob. "Bob Dylan Lyrics." 1962. azlyrics. 14 May 2014 .
Infohio. Infohio. 4 June 2013. 16 April 2014 .
Tomasky, Michael. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and More Music at the 1963's March on Washington. 27 August 2013. 14 May 2014 .

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