Bob Dylan and Popular Music

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“the man who did to popular music what Einstein did to physics,” while initially sounding like hyperbole, really isn’t (Gates, cited in Detmarr, 2009,p.20)

Why is Highway 61 revisited such a culturally important album?

The year is1965, 8 years into the Vietnam war and 2 years in the shadow of a presidential assassination, marked the inception of an artistic vision, cut to Vinyl. Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 revisited is a testament to the state of America in the 1960s, using poetic devices, and engaging rock and roll music to capture the imagination of a breadth of people, unwittingly, it would seem, brought change to the minds of Americans. Opening their eyes to what was happening and inflicting a sense of new found justice in their hearts,
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In 1959 Robert left home to attend the University of Minnesota. Shortly after enrolling in the university, Robert was offered a gig at a venue named the ten o’clock scholar coffee house, the owner David Lee was auditioning for folk singers, when he turned up to play and was asked his name, Robert replied “Bob Dylan” which he has refuted as meaning anything other than just “what came to him” when interviewed later. Robert dropped out of University at the end of his first year in 1960; 5 years later he would release one of the biggest works of his career, Highway 61 revisited.

Highway 61 revisited has a deep rooted reality within its imagery that the youth of the 60s could poignantly relate to, In a time when social boundaries were breaking down, and society had a more relaxed view of such issues as racism, (after the signing into law of the civil rights act) and sexism, the “swinging” sixties where the perfect backdrop for an album that is rife with statements of politics, war, class, race, and the general state of America in this time.

Like a rolling stone

The first track of the album, clocking in at 6:10 was ground-breaking for its time, as it was the first extended play single to be put on the radio. Bob Dylan’s like a rolling stone is a testament to his departure from his old sound in earlier works, featuring in the

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