A Strange Young Man Called Dylan

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Maizie Ober Mrs. Burke 0021: Period 1 20 March 2015 A Strange Young Man Called Dylan At only 22, he was crowned the voice of a generation. His audiences became mesmerized with his expressive lyrics and soulful harmonica. He changed the way the world looks at songwriting and protest, and inspired countless future musicians from the moment he stepped up on the stage in his railroad hat, denim jacket, and harmonica brace. However, it is clear that there is so much more behind Bob Dylan than just a rough voice and a collection of poetic songs. As one man said about Dylan’s early days in Greenwich Village, “There’s a quality of determination and of will that some people have that when they’re doing something, they’re really doing it and you…show more content…
After all, Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, was as meat-and-potatoes as it could get. It wasn’t possible to be a rebel in Hibbing because there was nothing to rebel against. No one had any strong beliefs or ideology; they were a working class people that did not really listen to music. No one liked country, R&B or rock n’ roll – they barely knew what it was (No Direction Home). Dylan, on the other hand, was interested in music, and fiddled around on an electric guitar for a bit until he discovered folk music: “The first thing that turned me on to folksinging was Odetta. I heard a record of hers in a record store…Right then and there, I traded my electric guitar and amplifier for an acoustical guitar…[Her first album] was just something vital and personal” (McCombe). Without Odetta, folk music would have never entered Dylan’s life, and when it did, he was moved by it. It caused him to imitate Odetta’s rough, natural sound and unplug his electric guitar. Folk music was like nothing he had ever heard of before. It told the story of hard-working people just trying to get by. It wasn’t flashy or famous; instead, it was stories and songs that had been passed down from generation to generation of Americans. Odetta was just the person to introduce him to such a genre: “Bobby had become an apostle of a woman named Odetta, a husky-voiced black folksinger whose blend of
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