April 6th, 2016
English Period 1
Bob Dylan: The Voice of a Generation “No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky” (“BrainyQuote”). Bob Dylan stated this, referring to one of his famous folk songs, “Ballad in Plain D”. Dylan’s powerful choice of words in all of the different genres of music he produced allowed his audience to truly connect and get a feel for the stories behind his lyrics. His fame quickly rose due to his style in music, that he soon became recognized by millions and succeeded in making a multitude of musical accomplishments. Known as a Civil Rights activist, Dylan took initiative in helping guide America’s society towards constructive change. Bob Dylan left a lasting impact on the…show more content… A few of Dylan’s most famous folk songs at the time were “Song to Woody”, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, and “Masters of War”. He was influenced to write “Song to Woody” during his time spent in folk clubs and coffeehouses of Greenwich Village, where he met a crowd of other musicians similar to himself (“Dylan, Bob” 31-39). This particular song was written as a tribute to his ailing folk musician hero, Woody Guthrie. Moreover, “Blowin’ in the Wind” is a song that was released in 1963 as a part of the album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”. According to Dissent Magazine, it was composed as a topical song that reflected the country’s overall mood (Dreier). Dylan allowed his music to be open for the public to interpret freely. “Masters of War” is another folk song that contained deeper meanings than what the lyrics simply suggested. Dylan tackled the theme of men in power as he wrote this during the time of political change when John F. Kennedy came into power. The genre of folk changed the face of music during the 1960s, influencing Dylan’s literature style.
Dylan’s talents of having the ability to compose music in a variety of different genres was evident through his country songs as well. According to editors Sara and Tom Pendergast, “He frustrated his fans over and over by refusing to stick with any one musical style or personal philosophy” (“Dylan, Bob” 31-39). However, his compelling music lyrics easily overpowered this frustration. Dylan’s country songs were often based